up was Cheesecake FC versus Mini FC. Cheesecake
FC need little introduction to regular followers
of the eurofootballfives.com tournaments but we
will introduce them nevertheless.
FC were making their 8th eurofootballfives.com
appearance in Portugal with the zenith of their
achievements being crowned champions at the 2014
Mallorca Tournament when they swept all challengers
aside with 7 wins out of 7 en route to ultimate
fact they had not won up until that point is down
to the strength of their opposition. They made
their debut in the 2010 Prague Masters in a field
which also featured 3 past winners – Lozenetz
City (Bul), Kehar Club (Cze) and Olympic Phil
Babb (Eng). They met the latter in the Cup Semi-Finals
and after a fine 3-3 draw went out on penalties.
They then played in the 2011 Algarve Open which
also featured 3 past winners – Goldsmith Williams
and 9 Nana Budds (both UK) and Dutch side and
defending champions Athletico Do Hollande. They
met the latter in an epic final in front of a
great crowd and put in a sensational effort –
unfortunately for them they were on the wrong
end of a 3-2 scoreline.
2012 they played in the Mallorca Tournament which
had 5 previous winners and they went out to the
winners again with a Cup Semi-Final defeat to
Cosegur Balear. In the 2013 Berlin Fives this
phenomenon continued with a Cup Semi-Final defeat
to Romania's ABC United. They did also play in
the 2013 Mallorca Tournament with an injury ravaged
team following their Berlin exploits – as a result
they had their weakest campaign to date missing
out on Cup qualification for the first time but
picked up Plate Runners-Up medals. Following the
2014 Mallorca Tournament success they competed
at the 2015 Lisbon Tournament. A good Group D
campaign saw them qualify for the Cup with 4 wins
out of 5 before they met Melee FC in the Quarter-Finals.
A hard fought 2-2 draw then saw them exit on penalties.
they return to winning ways in the Algarve and
complete some unfinished business from 2011?
a strong line-up today they met Mini FC and we
witnessed a second close contest in succession
this morning. The half-time whistle came and went
with the teams locked together at 0-0. There was
to be no change at full-time with honours even
as the referee blew for time on proceedings. It
was a solid start for both teams.