Skidmarks (Eng)




CIS Committee (Blr)


After 80 games of football we came down to the most important of them all. Game 81 – The 2014 Bratislava Fives Cup Final.

The two teams set to do battle for the honour and glory of victory were CIS Committee and Skidmarks. Both teams were no strangers to not only Cup Finals but also to Cup Final success. Skidmarks could list the 2011 Valencia Fives and 2012 Krakow Trophy titles on their footballing CV. CIS Committee had the 2014 Budapest Fives crown to their name.

CIS Committee would probably start the game as favourites having secured seven wins from their seven games including 4-0 and 4-1 wins in the knock-out phase so far. Skidmarks record today read 3 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat including two penalty shoot-out wins in the knock-out phase.

The game itself was played with a great atmosphere as the other teams, in the lofty position of the grandstand, all assembled to watch the show-piece game of the day. They were to witness an incredibly close first half with both teams leaving nothing on the sidelines and giving it their all on the pitch. The game was fiercely competitive but played in great spirits. We reached the break level at 0-0.

In the early stages of the second half you could feel the momentum swinging a little bit towards CIS Committee as they cranked up the pressure. They were doing more of the attacking and Skidmarks were having to work very hard to stay in the game. Eventually the pressure told and Aliaksandr Chaikouski broke the deadlock to give CIS Committee the lead. With Skidmarks possibly still a little deflated 1-0 became 2-0 and it was Vitali Ledenev's twelfth goal of the tournament that effectively put the game to bed. Skidmarks stuck at their task but CIS Committee had done enough and they saw the game out to claim the tournament victory. As the final whistle blew, the sounds of Queen's “We Are The Champions” blasted out around the stadium.


CIS Committee had become only the ninth team to win multiple Cup titles. The current roll call reads;

4 – Olympic Phil Babb (Eng): Amsterdam Fives (2008), Algarve Open (2009), Prague Masters (2010) and Budapest Fives (2011)

3 – Athletico Do Hollande (Hol): Algarve Open (2010 and 2011), Amsterdam Fives (2014)

2 – ABC United (Rom): Budapest Fives (2012) and Berlin Fives (2013)

2 – Goldsmith Williams (Eng): Prague Masters (2008) and Amsterdam Fives (2010)

2 – Lozenetz City (Bul): Prague Masters (2009) and Manchester Fives (2010)

2 – Rigford Seahawks (Eng): Krakow Trophy (2009) and Berlin Fives (2012)

2 – Skidmarks (Eng): Valencia Fives (2011) and Krakow Trophy (2012)

2 – FC Radbroke (Eng): Prague Masters (2011) and Algarve Open (2013)

2 – CIS Committee (Blr): Budapest Fives (2014) and Bratislava Fives (2014)

As well as joining the multiple winners club, CIS Committee became the first team to win two Cup tournaments in the same year (we did also have CSF win three Plate competitions in 2009).

Our sincere commiserations to Skidmarks who had come so close to glory but just missed out. It was a superb day's play for them though and four Cup Finals in 5 tournaments is a pretty impressive record.

Our congratulations go to CIS Committee on their second victory. There is also congratulations to Matej Rapcan who finished the tournament top goalscorer with 13 goals!

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