As the build-up to the eagerly anticipated 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup - which kicks off in London on 2nd August - gets underway, The Stats Zone continues to bring you a number of exclusive interviews with a collection of the 32 players who will be competing in the biggest tournament that eSports has to offer.
In this interview, we spoke to three-time Spanish champion Andoni “andoniPM” Martin, who represents the eSports organisation Movistar Riders. Andoni is the only Spanish player who will be competing at the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup and will be playing on the PlayStation 4 in Group D alongside the likes of Manchester City’s Marcus “Marcuzo” Jorgensen and 2014 FIFA eWorld Cup winner August “Agge” Rosenmeier. Despite being drawn into an intimidating group though, the Spaniard is in confident mood heading into the event.
We’ve collected data from the recent Global Series Playoffs in Amsterdam and created FIFA style play cards for each qualifier:
Stats are based on Global Series Qualifiers group stage games only
GPG = Goals per game
CPG = Conceded per game
SHO = Shot accuracy
POS = Average possession
PAS = Pass accuracy
RNK = eWorld Cup ranking based on our algorithm
When did your professional FIFA career begin?
“My professional FIFA career only began a year and a half ago!”
How do you balance all the practice, travelling, online/offline competition that comes with being a professional FIFA player with maintaining your everyday lifestyle?
“Well sometimes it is complicated because you have to stop doing things in your personal life in order to play FIFA professionally. You must organise yourself and your everyday schedule very well.”
You are the only Spanish player to qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup, how proud does that make you and do you feel pressure to represent your country well?
“It is a great honour to represent a country like Spain and trying to represent the country at a high level and leave it in a good place always motivates me to do well.”
How will you approach the event in terms of training and practice?
“I train with other professional FIFA players during the week and also play the FUT Weekend League.”
How much has your organisation Movistar Riders helped you make that final push to secure qualification?
“They have helped me as much as possible and their support has been a huge part of my success!”
Who do you consider your biggest competition from the 31 other players who have made it to London?
Have you thought about the prize money on offer in London?
“Of course! It’s an extra motivation for me to be playing for such huge prize money.”
Tell us about your personal FIFA 18 playstyle and how often (if ever) you have to change your playstyle at short notice?
“I like to take control of the game but it is not always possible, so sometimes I prefer to not risk stealing the ball quickly and wait for the opposition to make a mistake. I also take extra care with the corner kicks.”
Do you like to change your team from game to game?
“No, I prefer to keep my XI the same”
Which players are the most crucial to the way you play on FIFA 18?
“Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruud Gullit.”
FIFA 18 has almost completed its cycle. Overall how have you found the game from a competitive point of view?
“There are things to improve in the game, but I think it’s the beginning of a good moment for competitive FIFA.”
Follow Andoni on Twitter here along with his organisation Movistar Riders and be sure to keep an eye on our FIFA eWorld Cup tournament index page as we bring you further exclusive interviews and build-up to the biggest FIFA eSports tournament in history!