NEYMAR JR TAKES ON ROMANIAN WORLD CHAMPIONS
Friendship, pride and passion lead the Romanians to victory in front of Brazilian superstars Neymar Jr and Gabriel Jesus in the largest five-a-side football tournament in the world, Neymar Jr’s Five.
This Saturday, Neymar Jr welcomed the world to celebrate football in his home town of Praia Grande, Brazil where the stage was set for the 2017 World Finals of Neymar Jr´s Five. Over 100,000 players from 53 countries battled for a spot in the World Final, but no one could stop the Romanians who were crowned as the best five-a-side team in the world, after defeating England in the deciding match. Fresh from celebrating their win they were rewarded with a best of three friendly against Neymar Jr, some of his closest friends, Gabriel Jesus and former French national team player Djibril Cissé who made up his team of superstars to take on the champions.
The final was an intense battle. At full time the score was tied at 0-0 forcing the match to go all the way to a 1 vs 1 Golden Goal. Romania’s Silviu Madalin´s counterattack decided the title after a long spell of possession from the Englishman, Kaine Wright. “When I stole the ball and ran to the goal I was already crying, so I do not know how I did it”, confessed the Romanian. Bogdan Dragos said they are ecstatic because “it is amazing to play against Neymar Jr and Gabriel Jesus. It is a dream come true”. Neymar Jr added: “When I arrived I looked at Romania and said: they have the style of champions and they did.”
“I am very happy to hold the second edition of the tournament here in my institute. There are lots of players from all over the world and it makes me really proud”, Neymar Jr, the host of the tournament said.
Gabriel Jesus, fellow Brazilian and Manchester City phenomenon congratulated Neymar Jr and his family for the initiative of the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr, which aims to improve the lives of the children and their families living in the surrounding area. “I was honored to receive the invitation and to see how important the event is for the kids, the public and the city”, he said.
More than 100,000 players spread over six continents competed in Neymar Jr’s Five in one of over 350 qualifiers world wide. The Romanians, 2017 World Champions, also won a second trip of a lifetime, this time to visit Neymar Jr in Barcelona where they will meet the Brazilian star and watch him playing at the infamous Camp Nou.
World Final Winner is the Team from Romania, 2nd place is Team UK!
About Neymar Jr’s Five
Neymar Jr’s Five is the Brazilian forward’s signature five-a-side tournament – and a truly global phenomenon. Played in 53 countries, across six continents, this is authentic football with a twist. There are no goalkeepers, and whenever a team scores, the opposition loses a player, which makes the 10-minute matches fast, technical, tactical – and great fun to play. The 2017 edition featured more than 100,000 players – all competing with the same passion, the same commitment and the same dream of making it through the qualifiers, to their national final and booking a ticket to the World Final at Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil.
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