their first games under their belts it was Round
2 for all the teams in Group A and time to settle
in to the tournament.
Boy is our longest-serving Portuguese team. Their
first appearance, at the 2011 Algarve Open saw
them finish 2 nd in their group behind (now) 3
times eurofootballfives.com winners Athletico
Do Hollande. A 1-0 Cup Quarter-Final followed
before losing in the Semi-Finals 5-1 to Cheesecake
FC. In 2012, they proved just as strong winning
their group which featured 2011 Krakow Trophy
winners, Apsley House. In the Cup Quarter-Finals
they endured a tough 0-0 versus Parry St Germain
emerging victorious 3-2 on penalties. They then
went out in the Cup Semi-Finals again, 4-0 to
the eventual champions ManDem United. In 2013,
they had a less successful group phase coming
4th out of 6 teams but in the knock-out stages
found their form and went on to win the Plate
competition beating Dutch team United Colours
of Benetton 2-1 in the Final. The 2014 Algarve
Open was their most successful tournament to date
where they won Group A with 4 wins out of 5 before
going all the way to the Final which they lost
2-1 to Stand Cristina.
Shooters A had a much briefer eurofootballfives.com
CV with this being just their second fixture…………and
they were undefeated. The travelling team would
remain undefeated it what was very closely contested
came and went with the teams locked at 0-0. Full-time
came and went and the score was still 0-0. It
was a second successive draw for AFC Shooters
– a very solid start to the tournament. Water
Boy consolidated their position as early Group
up on Pitch A was Galacticos versus Lacey Green
FC . Galacticos made their first eurofootballfives.com
appearance at the 2014 Algarve Open. They had
a group record of 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats
which saw them finish third and qualify for the
Plate competition. They were less successful in
the Semi-Finals as Far Out FC accounted for them,
missed out in Round 1 so had one less game to
prove themselves in Group A than the other teams.
Lacey Green had begun the day with a 1-1 draw
in their opening fixture.
Green played out their third consecutive drawn
half as they reached half-time 0-0. A third consecutive
drawn half became a fourth consecutive drawn half
and it was goal-less again as defences won the
day. Final score, 0-0.
complete Round 2 we had Club Tropicana Drinks
FC versus Kazakhstan FC. Club Tropicana Drinks
FC were making it a hat-trick of appearances today.
They debuted at the 2012 Valencia Fives where
they were unlucky to miss out on the Cup with
just 1 defeat and by goal difference to finish
3rd in their group. They then went all the way
to the Plate Final but had to settle for Runners-Up
medals as Deportivo defeated them to the title.
the 2013 Barcelona Fives they continued their
impressive on pitch performances as they won Group
B (ahead of eventual winners Los Swallacticos).
At the Quarter-Final stage they went down 2-0
to Melee FC (who also went on to reach the Cup
Final). Could it be 3 rd time lucky for Club Tropicana?
Tropicana had already begun with 3 points to set
them on their way. Their opponents Kazakhstan
FC had slipped to a narrow 1-0 loss in Round 1.
We were yet to see a goal in Round 2 of Group
A and goals were conspicuous by their absence
in the first half as the two teams reached the
interval all square at 0-0.
the second half, the game was to bear witness
to a goal and when it arrived it came from Mick
Little whose goal claimed all 3 points for Kazakhstan
FC and earned them their first win of the day.
the other four teams all drawing the 3 points
for Kazakhstan FC was a huge boost for their chances
in Group A.