Results
 

AFC Ramos (Wal)

1

v

0

Vodafone Rangers (Eng)

Di Stefano Peluguira (Spa)

1

v

1

Inter Women (Eng)

Son Gual (Spa)

0

v

1

Olympic Phil Babb (Eng)

 

The 2nd annual 2012 Mallorca Tournament kicked off on the 16th June and what a line up we had! Amongst the 18 teams competing were 5 previous eurofootballfives.com winners and a team we consider the best team not to have won a eurofootballfives.com tournament.

 

To kick us off we had AFC Ramos of Wales playing Vodafone Rangers of England. AFC Ramos were debutants in our tournaments but did have eurofootballfives.com experience amongst their ranks in the form of Andy Haines he had played for Goals Aloud in the 2011 Amsterdam Fives and 2012 Algarve Open. Their best achievement was the Plate Semi-Finals in Portugal.

 

Vodafone Rangers were making a second appearance in our tournaments and they too had participated in our Algarve Open event winning the Plate competition in 2010.

 

The two teams had similar pedigree with Vodafone Rangers the better historical record so we expected a close game and that's what we got. In the end there was just one goal to decide it and it was AFC Ramos who claimed it, winning 1-0 courtesy of a Nick McNally strike. It was the perfect start for AFC Ramos.

 
 
 

Next up was Di Stefano Peluguira of Spain against Inter Women of England. Di Stefano Peluguira were making their debut so we would find out much about them over the course of this first game. Inter Women are past winners vacating their Amsterdam crown in a bid to reign in Spain. Regular followers of our tournamnets will have heard of Athletico Do Hollande's exploits (Algarve Open winners in 2010 and 2011), well, Inter Women defeated them 4-1 in the final of the 2011 Amsterdam Fives on their debut. They are certainly a team to watch in Mallorca.

 

It was the home team that struck the first blow in this one as Alberto Fernandez Fernandez (so good they named him twice!) went 1-0 up but a stunning Neil Pennington strike from wide on the left touchline squared things up at 1-1 in an entertaining first half. There was no further score in the second period and both teams could be reasonably happy with a well earned point to begin the day.

 

Inter Women proved slow starters in their Amsterdam campaign opening with a draw and that's exactly what they had done here. So, what did we find out about Di Stefano Peluguira? Given that Inter Women are proven winners in these tournaments to get a draw shows the Spanish are a very capable team and could go far.

 
 
 

The final two teams to begin their challenge in Group A were Son Gual, on debut, and Olympic Phil Babb. Olympic Phil Babb need no introduction but we will anyway they are the only team to have won four eurofootballfives.com events. They come to Mallorca looking to make it five wins out of five after phenomenal success so far that includes the 2008 Amsterdam Fives, 2009 Algarve Open, 2010 Prague Masters and 2011 Budapest Fives.

 

They have an incredible eurofootballfives.com record with a 74% win percentage of 20 wins, 6 draws and 1 defeat four of those draws they turned into wins via a golden goal and 3 penalty shoot-outs. The one defeat came in a dead tie at the end of a group they had already won. It would be a brave man to bet against Olympic Phil Babb making it 5 in Mallorca although they will be tested!

 

They were made to work in the very first game of this tournament as despite taking an early lead through Alex Woolston they were never allowed to relax by Son Gual who were in it right up until the final whistle. They couldn't find an equaliser though and Olympic Phil Babb picked up win #21. Final score, 1-0.

 
 
Table
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

AFC Ramos (Wal)

1

1

0

0

1

0

3

Olympic Phil Babb (Eng)

1

1

0

0

1

0

3

Di Stefano Peluguira (Spa)

1

0

1

0

1

1

1

Inter Women (Eng)

1

0

1

0

1

1

1

Son Gual (Spa)

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

Vodafone Rangers (Eng)

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

 
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