2009 Barca Fives final would see England meet
France. It is often said these two countries are
enemies looking back through history in socio-economics
and politics. England beat France on their way
to World Cup Victory in 1966 and we only have
to go back to Euro 2004 when France beat England
2-1 in the group stage. There have been friendlies
since but no competitive games. Whilst this game
was friendly in atmosphere and spirit it was certainly
competitive on the field with both teams gunning
for just one thing – victory.
Williams were looking to win their 2nd
eurofootballfives.com tournament whereas Luminy
Wolves were looking to taste glory at the
first attempt. In a tournament where these two
teams had scored 46 goals in their 10 games it
was perhaps no surprise that when so much was
at stake they tightened up. As hard as either
team tried they could not break down the opposition.
at half-time became 0-0 at full-time. Golden goal
extra time would still see no change to that scoreline.
Both teams had fought hard and both teams admitted
the game was pretty even. Whilst lacking goals
the game did not lack atmosphere as the watching
spectators had picked the team they wanted to
win and cheered on their chosen team. The Bulgarians
still smarting after their semi-final loss were
clearly backing the English team for victory and
with the noise and atmosphere that they create
the French were doing well to compete and concentrate
on the football in such a cauldron.
the French wanted to win this tournament they
would have to win their second penalty shoot-out
in as many games. Goldsmith Williams would have
to prove that not all English teams were hopeless
at penalties to claim their second tournament.
We had only ever seen one penalty shoot-put in
a final before and that was at the 2009 Barcelona
Fives just 5 months ago when Spanish team Anglo
Knights defeated Bloomberg FC of England .
they did in the semi-final, Luminy Wolves would
kick first in the penalty shoot-out. The first
4 penalties were all successfully converted to
keep us all level at 2-2. It was the turn of Cyril
Garcia for Luminy Wolves and with the jeers of
the Lozenetz airhorn ringing in ears he put his
penalty wide. There was now a golden opportunity
for Chris Williams to put this game to bed. The
body language of the French team were that it
was all over. Williams struck his penalty well
but Cyril Garcia redeemed himself to dive to his
right and beat the ball away. Gasps from the crowd
but this final would play on.
death and this final was already an epic. What
a fitting way to decide a great tournament with
such drama. Mehdi Yousfi got us back on track
by making it 3-2 with his penalty. It was then
the turn of unfortunate Gary Dean who tried to
emulate Garcia by becoming a penalty scoring goalkeeper
(after Garcia's semi-final penalty). He stepped
up with confidence and stuttered on his run-up
to send the keeper the wrong way but sadly for
him and Goldsmith Williams the penalty went the
wrong side of the post. And with that the destination
of the 2009 Barca Fives trophy was decided. The
French supporters rushed on to congratulate and
celebrate with each other whilst the Goldsmith
Williams sunk to their knees in despair. They
were visibly crestfallen and who can blame them
after coming so close to the ultimate prize.
winners of the 2009 Barca Fives – Luminy Wolves.
such a fiercely contested final it was great to
see the two teams shake hands and congratulate
each other once the referee blew his whistle for
the last time of the day. As they left the pitch
the teams were warmly met by all the supporters
in congratulations and commiseration. It was an
absolute joy to witness what was a great final
and a fitting finale to a wonderful day's football.
congratulations to all the teams who participated
and we look forward to seeing you all again very
soon whether it be in Barcelona or one of our
many other great tournament destinations.