complete Round 2 we had FC Maroon versus KML.
These were the two early leaders in Group A and
both came into the game with a win under their
Maroon made their debut in the 2013 Lisbon Tournament.
Their sportsmanship in that tournament is now
something of eurofootballfives.com folklore. Having
2 victories to their name, their final group opponents
were late for kick-off. FC Maroon could have claimed
a 3-0 walkover which would have seen them go through
but they decided to play the game – it ended in
defeat and they went out on goal difference. There
was to be no karma.
were also pretty unfortunate at the 2014 Budapest
Fives where just 1 defeat saw them finish 5 th
in the group with a haul of 6 points that included
draws with 2009 Valencia Fives winners (9 Nana
Budds) and 2015 Budapest Fives winners (Csabagyongye).
In the Trophy competition they defeated Stanford
FC 3-1 in the Quarter-Finals before a 2-0 Semi-Final
defeat to eventual winners Contejus Hurricanes.
An injury hit campaign at the 2015 Barcelona Fives
saw them finish 5 th in Group E before a resounding
7-1 win in the Trophy Play-off. They then went
out 6-2 to FC Atwood in the QF. Despite a troubled
campaign, Matt Alawi was the second top goalscorer
in the tournament with 8 goals.
Maroon's 2016 Riga Tournament campaign started
slowly with 3 defeats but then a very good 0-0
draw with Melee FC (2 x Cup Finalists, 1 x Cup
Semi-Finalists) changed their fortunes. They won
their final group game 10-0 versus The Crazy Gang
to qualify for the Trophy. In the Quarter-Finals
they met another of their sister squads, FC Shark,
and defeated them 4-1. A 4-2 Semi-Final win followed
against One Calamski to set up a debut Final.
A battling 0-0 draw against Latvian side Aliance
would see the Trophy decided on penalties. It
was a familiar tale for an English team in a penalty
shoot-out as Aliance took the title, 3-2, in the
opened up with a great 2-0 win over Brioche FS
and would add to their points haul here. They
would have to settle for a point though as the
game ended 0-0.
was a great start for both KML and FC Maroon who
both lead the table with 4 points from 6 and both
teams were yet to concede a goal in the tournament.
KML topped the table courtesy of their larger
margin of victory in Round 1.