2011 Barca Fives was our 7th tournament in Barcelona
and to date we have had winners from England,
France and Spain. This tournament saw 6 proud
nations come to do battle with England, France,
Hungary, Japan, Oman and Spain all represented.
The field also included two past winners with
Rapid Bosco Navas (Spain) and Luminy Wolves (France)
back to compete after wins in November 2008 and
November 2009 respectively.
was one of those winners, Luminy Wolves, who kicked
us off in Group A. The French team came to the
tournament arguably as one of the favourites to
lift the title. In November 2009 they were hugely
impressive when they stormed to victory beating
Goldsmith Williams (2-times eurofootballfives
winners) in the final and Bulgaria's Lozenetz
City (also 2-time eurofootballfives winners) in
returned in April 2011 when they looked the strongest
of all the teams in the group stages until they
were undone by Rapid Bosco Navas of Spain in the
Quarter-Finals as they lost on penalties. Luminy
Wolves were looking to regain the title this time.
was therefore a hugely daunting opening fixture
for their opponents Hiscox Bulls. The Bulls were
making their eurofootballfives debut and with
the game underway the match was proving as difficult
as it had looked on paper. At half-time the French
had opened up a 2-0 lead which had stretched to
5-0 by full-time. There was a hat-trick for Haikel
Ben Khelifa plus goals for Sid-Ahmed Bouriche
and Byllel Ben Khelifa.
Hiscox Bulls it could not get more difficult and
it was a sobering start to the day. They had plenty
of time to get their tournament challenge on track.