The Frenchman Rachid ‘Usmakable’ Tebane has won the PES 2016 World Final which took place in Milan, Italy on May 27th-28th.
His victory means that he is the first player in PES World Finals history to win the title twice after also winning the PES 2015 World Finals in Berlin, Germany last year. He beat Brazilian champion Guifera15 in an enthralling match which took place live on stage in front of thousands of spectators at the UEFA Champions Festival – a four day long celebration which takes place alongside the UEFA Champions League Final.
Rachid had qualified for the final the previous day with a series of impressive performances throughout the first day of the competition beginning with a 5-2 victory over rodrybmx20 (USA). A further five victories followed as he finished top of Group 2 with 18 points. This form continued into the knockout stages with a clinical 5-1 victory over baggitekstil (Turkey) in the last 16 before repeating the score line in a Quarter Final win against DAVALTY (Colombia).
In the Semi Finals Usmakabyle faced kopperspumas (Mexico) who was one of three South American players still left in the competition who were hoping to become the first ever American PES World Champion. Despite being evenly matched for most of the game, Usmakabyle eventually won 3-1 leaving the Mexican to contest the third place play off against Colthirst (Panama).
Guifera15 was also able to win his group before beating pabloartista (Spain), Ambidextrous (UK) – in a penalty shoot out, and Colthirst (Panama) who won the third place play off and 3.000 EURO.
The final itself got off to an explosive start with Guifera15 taking a 2-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes. Usmakabyle then started to get into the game scored two quick goals to level the score only for Guifera15 to regain the lead almost instantly. Usmakabyle was able to score again right at the end of the second half meaning it was 3-3 at the break.
The second half followed the same frenetic pace with Usmakabyle taking the lead for the first time shortly after kick off. The Frenchman however used his experience and started to play more defensive tactics. Despite having a player sent off on 75 minutes, and the best efforts of Guifera15 to attack, Usmakabyle saw out the game and become the first ever two time PES World Champion.
After lifting the trophy and receiving a cheque for 15.000 EURO (and congratulations from Gaizka Mendieta) Usmakabyle along with Guifera15 went to the San Siro to play PES 2016 pitchside at the UEFA Champions League Final before watching the match from the stands.
Selected matches from the tournament can be watched on the official live stream which is available on the PES League Twitch Channel.
The PES League World Final took place on May 27 and May 28 in Milan, Italy.
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