20 teams began the day searching for glory in the 2009 Algarve Open and at 16.30 in the late afternoon Portugal sun Olympic Phil Babb and Maniche's Mean Machine were the remaining two teams hunting down the day's ultimate prize.

Olympic Phil Babb were looking to be the first team to win two eurofootballfives.com tournaments. They were billed as pre-tournament favourites and so far they were living up to their billing. Their opponents would be no pushovers though and Maniche's Mean Machine had already proved themselves as more than a match for their opponents when they met in Group D about 5 or 6 hours earlier in the day. On that occasion the game finished 1-1.

With that in mind we could have been expecting a long finish to the day with extra time and penalties a distinct possibility. The teams lined up side by side for the pre-final photo in good spirits and very relaxed with good banter amongst the teams and from the watching crowds. The game kicked off and the serious work was underway.

The final was proving to be as close as the group phase although Olympic Phil Babb were taking the initiative and appeared to be doing more of the probing as Maniche's Mean Machine had more of the defensive work to do. The cries of Maniche's keeper Ross Sylvester as he barked instructions at his defence could be heard more frequently than that of Olympic Phil Babb keeper Dan Andrews.

There were to be goals in this final though and the breakthrough came from Chris Jarrett of Olympic Phil Babb. It was an uphill task now for Maniche's Mean Machine. The uphill task became an upmountain task (if such a thing exists) when Martin Hinks doubled the lead. Who else but Alex Woolston made it 3-0 for Olympic Phil Babb and the destination of the trophy was all but confirmed. Maniche's Mean Machine had the last word though when Rich Allen scored his 7th of the tournament. It was only to be a consolation though as the referee blew the final whistle on the days play and Olympic Phil Babb had won it, 3-1.

The winners of the 2009 Algarve Open Olympic Phil Babb.

The top goalscorer prize was a close run affair (see our Stats page for a full league table of goalscorers) but in the end there was a clear winner with a great return of 8 goals for the tournament. That man was Alex Woolston of Olympic Phil Babb so well done to him.

Our congratulations to all the teams who participated in what was a great day's competition. We are grateful for your comments on the day and via email afterwards to tell us how much fun you had and we know a lot of you will be returning to the Algarve next year.

We look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

 Maniche's Mean Machine (Eng)
Olympic Phil Babb (Eng)

Group Phase:

Wooden Spoon Knock-out
Plate Knock-out
Cup Knock-out



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