Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)




Saipan FC (Ire)

Budapest Celtic Lions (Hun)




Kazakhstan FC (Eng)

Budapest Celtic Pumas (Hun)




Rapid Bosco Navas (Spa)

Black Sheep (Spa)




Banter Bus FC (Eng)

* Budapest Celtic Pumas (Hun) won via Golden Goal.


The first Cup Quarter-Final saw Budapest Celtic Tigers versus Saipan FC. For Budapest Celtic it was the first of three Quarter-Finals as their Lions, Pumas and Tigers squad all made the last eight. The Hungarian side had the most impressive group record with a goal difference of +20. They were favourites against the Irish team who had started well with two wins but stuttered since with a draw and a heavy defeat to the Pumas side.

Saipan FC would need to rediscover their morning form and the lunch break looks like it served them well. If Saipan FC taking the lead was not a surprise then the size of their early lead must have been as the Irish boys went goal crazy. Agus Benedito Galmes got the ball rolling before Julian Cornelius made it 2-0 and the floodgates opened. It was 4-0 by half-time and 6-0 by full-time. Cornelius scored a second and there were further goals from Barry Lysaght, Aonghus McCarthy and Cormac McLoughlin.

It was a sensational result. The manner of the Tigers defeat was a huge shock but Budapest Celtic had two more opportunities with their Pumas and Lions squad to win this tournament.


Who would meet Saipan FC in the Semi-Finals? The two teams taking the field for the honour were Budapest Celtic Lions and Kazakhstan FC. Budapest Celtic Lions bowed out at this stage in the 2011 Budapest Fives so were looking to go further than they had before in competition. Kazakhstan FC were making their first Cup appearance having reached the Plate Final back in November.

There was much to play for and it was advantage to Hungary early on when Stefan Gruber gave his team a 1-0 lead. By half-time the lead was still in place and another solid display would see them through to the final four.

Kazakhstan needed a goal to keep their title challenge going. The Lions had a strong defence though and although Kazakhstan threw everything at their opponents in a keenly contested match they were unable to find the breakthrough they needed. It was another good appearance for Kazakhstan FC – Plate Final last time, Cup QF this time….maybe CupSemi-Finals next time.

For the Cup Semi-Finals this year though….step forward Budapest Celtic Lions.


The third Cup Quarter-Final saw Budapest Celtic Pumas as Group B winners meet Group A runners-up Rapid Bosco Navas. The Spanish were in familiar territory having made the Cup competition for the 7th successive tournament but following victory at the first attempt they were still looking for that elusive second title. Could it be their day today?

Rapid had already played Hungarian opposition today back in game 1 where they earned a 2-2 draw with the Tigers squad. This was bound to be another tight affair. In this match it was the Pumas who struck first through Tobias Gustaffson's second of the tournament. Just like the Lions squad in the second Semi-Final they held a 1-0 advantage into the break.

Could Rapid Bosco Navas do what Kazakhstan FC couldn't and find a second half equalizer? Yes they could as Luis's 4th goal of the day squared things up at 1-1 and that's the way it stayed until the final whistle.

We were into Golden Goal extra time and possibly penalties – but we got both. The referee blew for an offence in the Spanish penalty area and a penalty was awarded. Luiz Naufel, who had failed to score in normal time for the first time today, stepped up. Could he hold his nerve? This tie could be over with one sweet strike and it was as Naufel found the net and it was all over. Final score, 2-1 to Budapest Celtic Pumas who were the second Hungarian team in the Semi-Finals.

We had to say farewell to Rapid Bosco Navas but thank them again for supporting our Barcelona tournaments. We look forward to seeing them in action at our next Barcelona extravaganza.


The final Quarter-Final would see Black Sheep take on Banter Bus FC in a tasty encounter that proved high on tension as well as high on entertainment. Black Sheep had the experience going into this game having been here before 12 months ago wrapping up a 2-1 Golden Goal win over English team Your Mum's Athletic. Could different English opposition in the form of Banter Bus FC dump them out at this stage of the 2012 tournament?

Banter Bus came into the game in good form with just 1 defeat in the group stages and an emphatic win in their previous match. By contrast Black Sheep had won 3 on the spin before being held in their final group match. The match was open but niggly at times with the two teams causing the other frustration. It was going to be a test of temperament as well as footballing ability in this one.

When the opening goal came it was Albert Marx Garcia who grabbed it to give the Black Sheep a critical lead. The score became 2-0 through Garcia again as they took a stranglehold on this fixture. It was going to be tough for Banter Bus to fight back and in the end the sands of time ran out and 2-0 was the full time result. Black Sheep took their place in the Cup Semi-Finals.

It was a good debut for Banter Bus FC who showed over the 5 games they can more than compete on this stage. We look forward to their future tournament challenges.

Group Phase
Wooden Spoon
Plate Knock-out
Cup Knock-out



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