55 games of football we came down to the most
important of them all
.game 56 The 2013 Berlin
Fives Cup Final.
a Cup Final we had in prospect! I don't think
anyone could argue we had the best two teams on
the day in the final two. A great crowd had assembled
to watch what was a stunning exhibition of football.
6 and won 6 today scoring 47 goals along the way.
This was their second eurofootballfives.com Cup
Final and the Romanian team were favourites to
make it two wins and follow-up their 2012 Budapest
Wolves: In any
other tournament, Luminy Wolves appearing in the
Cup Final would no doubt make them favourites.
Not today though despite playing superbly and
beating some quality teams. They were in their
second eurofootballfives.com final and also gunning
for tournament win number two to follow-up their
2009 Barca Fives victory.
game was under way and in the opening few minutes
the two teams were testing each other out like
a game of chess but then the first goal appeared
and the game sparked into life. It was first blood
to Luminy Wolves as Haikel Ben Khelifa made it
1-0 to the French team.
would ABC United respond? They had not been behind
before and this was a test of their prowess. Luminy
Wolves kept them quiet for a while but they couldn't
prevent an equalizer as Adrian Constantin Neaga
pulled ABC United level. In a flash they were
2-1 up through Neaga again and the Romanians were
visibly up and confident. Luminy Wolves were a
little shell-shocked but recovered to keep it
at 2-1. If they could have kept it to 2-1 at half-time
who knows what would have happended but just before
the break Neaga completed a hat-trick for 3-1.
For me, this is where the Cup Final was won and
Luminy Wolves hopes were killed off. Chants of
Romanian Van Persie rang around the SC Westend
arena as the silver flecked marksman moved to
15 goals for the tournament.
tiring Luminy Wolves team had a mountain to climb
and would not have been thrilled at half-time
when ABC United subbed their entire outfield playing
team and brought on four pairs of fresh legs.
fresh legs and no little amount of quality put
ABC United 4-1 up through Robert Florin Matei
and Razvan Radu crowned the victory 5-1. It was
a superb final and all those lucky enough to see
the game saw some stunning football.
Constantin Neaga picked up the tournament top
goalscorer award with his 15 goals in the campaign.
United had become only the eigth team to win multiple
Cup titles. The current roll call reads;
Olympic Phil Babb: Amsterdam Fives (2008), Algarve
Open (2009), Prague Masters (2010) and Budapest
ABC United: Budapest Fives (2012) and Berlin
Athletico Do Hollande: Algarve Open (2010 and
Goldsmith Williams: Prague Masters (2008) and
Amsterdam Fives (2010)
Lozenetz City: Prague Masters (2009) and Manchester
Rigford Seahawks: Krakow Trophy (2009) and Berlin
Skidmarks: Valencia Fives (2011) and Krakow
FC Radbroke: Prague Masters (2011) and Algarve
offer our consolations to Luminy Wolves who came
very close to tournament #2 for them until they
hit the ABC United brick wall. Our congratulations
go to ABC United 2013 Berlin Fives Champions!
We hope to see you all again at a tournament very