Melbourne ‘street’ footballers dreaming of World Finals in Brazil

Neymar’s Jr Fives tournament has spread like wildfire around the world. The star Brazilian striker has created an avenue for players to showcase their skills on big stage in Brazil.

53 countries, 25,981 teams and just under 100,000 players participated in this years tournament. Many Brazilian players including the likes of legend Ronaldinho began their football journey playing football in the streets. Neymar played in the streets every morning before school, and admits it’s shaped him into the speedy player he is today.

The 10 minute match sees a player eliminated each time the opposing team scores a goal.

No one held back at the VIC/TAS state Finals this weekend. 15 teams squared off, all with high hopes of making the national finals in Melbourne. An absolute goal-fest saw 171 goals scored across the 38 matches on the day.

Tiki Taka Tentaculata were definitely the kings of the pitch on the day, cruising through the knock-out stages winning 5-1 in the semis and 5-0 to book their ticket to the national finals.

Second and third placed Afghan all Stars and FK Obilic will join Tiki Taka in the national finals.

One of these team’s are only one step away from a plane ticket to the home of football, Brazil.

 

 

 

 

Ari Charilaou