Results
 

FC Biermeisters (Eng)

0

v

0

GBS Reds (Cze)

SV Zoo (Ger)

1

V

0

Alphasights (Eng)

New Milton Eagles (Eng)

0

v

0

Csabagyongye (Hun)

Saipan FC (Ire)

3

V

0

Al Kaloida (Hun)

 

The 11th May 2013 marked the date of eurofootballfives.com's very first Champion of Champions Tournament. It was an invitational event for all teams who had previously reached a Plate Final in our tournaments. Eight teams from the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary and Ireland accepted the challenge. The winners would be decided upon a league format.

First up was FC Biermeisters versus GBS Reds. FC Biermeisters won one of the greatest ever Plate finals at the 2010 Krakow Cup when they overcame a 3-0 deficit to make it 3-3 in the final minute and then take the trophy in Golden Goal extra-time. They have also reached Cup Semi-Finals at the 2009 Amsterdam Fives and 2010 Manchester Fives where they also lost by Golden Goal and on penalties. Budapest is their 5th eurofootballfives.com appearance.

GBS Reds (f ormerly known as JNJ Global Services) make it eurofootballfives.com appearance number 9 in Budapest. They have previously made six Prague appearances plus overseas tours to the 2010 Krakow Trophy, the 2011 Amsterdam Fives and 2012 Berlin Fives. They have reached 4 Plate Semi-Finals, 2 Cup Quarter-Finals and 2 Plate victories at the 2010 Prague Trophy and 2012 Berlin Fives.

Both teams had some history and some pedigree. They proved evenly matched on the pitch and we opened up the tournament with a 0-0 draw. A solid start for each.
 
 
 

Next up was SV Zoo versus Alphasights. SV Zoo made their debut as recently as the 2012 Krakow Trophy last September and it was a fine debut leading to Plate success. It was a sensational victory having been 3-0 down they made a miraculous recovery to win 4-3. Never write off the Germans!

Alphasights first competed in our tournaments at the 2011 Krakow Trophy where they finished Plate Runners-Up in a 4-team round robin group. They entered the 2012 Valencia Fives tournament on a fine run of form with 5-1 and 4-1 victories and continued this by finishing joint top of their group with French side, Grant Thornton. They then went on to the Cup Semi-Finals before bowing out to eventual winners FC Miracle of Hungary.

It was another tight game that was level at the break, 0-0, but in the second half we were to see our first goal of the tournament with Stefan Fricke-Liebig firing home to give SV Zoo a 1-0 win.

 
 
 

The next fixture was New Milton Eagles versus Csabagyongye. New Milton Eagles have celebrated Plate glory on two occasions. The first win was when they made their debut with us at the 2010 Krakow Trophy when the Eagles Old Boys beat 5-times Plate Finalists DHL Prague Red of the Czech Republic 2-0 on penalties in the final. The second win was in the 2011 Algarve Open when Eagles UnAthletic beat Pimp My Side FC 2-1 in the final.

Csabgyongye made their debut in the 2011 Budapest Fives and almost created history when they were only seconds away from knocking Olympic Phil Babb out in the Cup Semi-Finals and preventing them retaining their (then) 100% record of 4 Cup wins. They then went on to compete in the 2011 Valencia Fives where they won Group A with a 100% record. It was a surprise to see them go out in the Cup Quarter Finals in a 9-goal thriller, 6-3 to Spanish side Rollert FS. In the 2012 Budapest Fives they played their knock-out football in the Plate competition and they went all the way to the final which they won 4-2.

As you would expect with all the teams qualifying at a Plate level this was another close game. Half-time came and went, full-time came and went and we were all square at 0-0.

 
 
 

The final fixture in the opening round was a non-starter as local side Al Kaloida were forced to withdraw late on the eve of the tournament due to injuries. There was no option but to hand a 3-0 walkover win to Saipan FC the easiest 3 points they'll ever get although I'm sure they'd have preferred to play the game.

 
 
Table
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Saipan FC (Ire)

1

1

0

0

3

0

3

SV Zoo (Ger)

1

1

0

0

1

0

3

Csabagyongye (Hun)

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

FC Biermeisters (Eng)

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

GBS Reds (Cze)

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

New Milton Eagles (Eng)

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

Alphasights (Eng)

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

Al Kaloida (Hun)

1

0

0

1

0

3

0

 
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