B began with Cruz Del Sur versus Men Behaving
Chadli. The latter were on debut so we would get
our first glimpse of them in action shortly.
Del Sur made their debut at the 2012 Barcelona
Fives as Banter Bus FC and it was a fine debut.
They finished 2nd in their 5 team group behind
Budapest Celtic Lions before going out to eventual
winners Black Sheep of Spain in the Cup Quarter-Finals.
In Hungary 12 months later they made a twin-pronged
attack on the 2013 Budapest Fives title with two
teams – BBFC1 and BBFC2. The first team finished
3 rd and qualified for the Cup. BBFC1 went out
on penalties in the Cup Quarter-Finals.
2015 saw them rebranded as Cruz Del Sur and travel
to Amsterdam where storm Zejko defeated all teams.
The A team finished 3rd in their group in hugely
challenging conditions before the Code Red weather
warning curtailed the day's activities. At the
2016 Riga Tournament the A team were on fire in
the group phase with 5 wins from 5 games. They
were one of the favourites for the title so it
came as a surprise when they lost 1-0 to FC Dad
in the Cup Quarter-Finals.
recently at the 2017 Lisbon Tournament the A team
started off with 2 wins before eventually claiming
3 wins and 1 draw from their 7 group games including
a win over the eventual champions (Pangare Futebol
Clube of Brazil). A sensational win in the Cup
Quarter-Finals followed when they beat Barrymoore's
Swimming Club who had 6 wins and 1 draw out of
7 up to that point. Their day was ended in the
Cup Semi-Final by Portugal's Wonderleague, 4-1.
their return to Portugal here in the Algarve they
began in determined fashion. Liam Kenney scored
their first of the day before captain Lois Lewis
Henson proved he was more “Superman” than Lois
by sealing a 2-0 win.
other 10.00 fixture in Group B was AC Motxo International
versus Lacey Green FC. We were delighted to welcome
AC Motxo International as, surprisingly, the first
team to represent Spain in our Algarve event.
would make their eurofootballfives.com debut against
Lacey Green FC who were making their 4th eurofootballfives.com
appearance and 2nd at the Algarve Open. The zenith
of their achievements to date so far was a Cup
Semi-Final against the Anglo Knights at the 2009
Barcelona Fives. Could they go further here in
the futsal style goals and relatively short (but
frequent) games goals were always going to be
at a premium compared to some of our other events.
Mark Johnson's first of the day was testimony
to this as it helped give his side all 3 points.
A notable mention for Ryan Maguire in goal keeping
a clean sheet.
Pitch C next we would have Elbersiktas (Hol) versus
AFC Chorltonians (Eng). The English team was on
their eurofootballfives.com debut and therefore
had a blank canvas upon which to paint their footballing
were part of a Dutch group who first competed
at the 2017 Mallorca Tournament with four teams
– KML, FC De Rimmer, Mannenliefde and Het Sterretje.
3 of their teams qualified for the Plate competition
whilst KML qualified for the Cup.
went out at the Cup Quarter-Final stage on penalties
after a 2-2 draw. In the Plate competition FC
De Rimmer and Het Sterretje fell at the Quarter-Final
stage. Mannenliefde went all the way to the Plate
Final where they drew 1-1 with FC Shark before
losing on penalties.
was made up of players from a whole variety of
those teams so it is hard to draw direct comparisons
on how they would fare today. It was the English
team who forged ahead here though. Anthony Hardy
had the honour of scoring his team's first goal
in our tournaments. Sadly for him and his team
it would not quite bring all 3 teams. An equaliser
from Casper Brouwer meant it was a point each
and a solid start for both teams with plenty of
more games to come.
but not least in Group B, it was FC Gymnasium
versus Wealdstone Raiders on Pitch D.
Gymnasium (Por) made their debut at the 2015 Algarve
Open playing as Futeboladas and surged to victory.
They finished 2nd in their group with 4 wins out
of 5 to RC Lens. They won a 4-3 thriller in the
Cup Quarter-Finals against Algarve Stars before
a 3-1 win over Why Always Morris in the Semi-Final.
They then met RC Lens again in the Cup Final.
RC Lens won the group game (2-0) but Futeboladas
won the game that really mattered (3-0) to collect
2016, they played as The Avengers and recorded
2 wins and 2 losses in Group A which saw them
finish in third position. They would progress
to the Plate competition which was played in a
group format. They recorded 2 wins, 1 draw and
a defeat to finish 3rd in the Plate.
introduce Wealdstone Raiders in more detail as
we progress with this report. Talking of “report”,
there was nothing to report in this game in terms
of goal-scoring action. The two defences were
on top as the teams played out a 0-0 draw.