FCB Remuntada team was announced Neymar Jr’s Five Kuwait champion after an intense national final held last Thursday at Al-Kout Mall. The final took place in partnership with Intersport, Acqua Eva, Al-Rai Media Group, Kuwait Times, Al-Kout Mall, and Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in front a group of spectators. The winners, who won the final match against “Real Madrid”, will be representing Kuwait at the world final in Brazil in July this year where they will compete against the winning teams from more than 50 countries.
Running from 21st March to 3rd April, 150 teams signed up to the 6 national qualifiers showcasing their football skills in a first and only Neymar Jr signature football tournament where 5 players compete against 5 in a unique last man standing modus, with an eye on meeting Neymar Jr. The championship is the world’s first and only unique five-a-side championship with Neymar Jr’s signature.
This year, the fast-paced game opened its doors to participants between the ages of 16 and 25, and for the first time this year, the rules of the tournament allowed the participation of players over the age of twenty-five, giving the opportunity to a larger segment of participants.
Two teams of five players each play 10-minute games with no goalkeepers. When one team scores a goal, a player on the opposing team is eliminated until the whole team is completely out or 10 minutes are up. It was interesting that teams of young talents crowded to sign up in this year’s round.
The teams registered vying the dream of meeting their beloved star Neymar Jr, especially after learning about last year’s unique experience. The ambience of last year’s World Final spread through social media highlighting that qualified teams actually saw the Brazilian star Neymar Junior, who came to the stadium to share memorable moments with the teams and take pictures with them. He also crowned the winners and formed a team of five to play a five-game match against the winners.
During Kuwait’s national final, the knockout games were both exciting and challenging amid the applause of the audience, FCB Remuntada managed to outplay their opponents until the championship approached to the end and neither teams could score any goal. In light of tying up, one player from both teams was nominated to compete in an one-on-one match. Hassan Mohamed Ali gave his team FCB Remuntada the winning goal, guaranteeing the boarding pass on the plane that will fly the winning team to Brazil this summer. When interviewed on their win in the national final, “FCB Remuntada” captain Ali-AlMasri expressed great joy, saying: “We heard about the championship through a friend and we decided to register at the Hassan Abul qualifiers in Al Dasma, we participated in the championship with a plan to win and we did”. “We are very excited about the World Final and hope to be lucky enough to meet Neymar. We will do our best to win the world championship of Neymar Jr’s Five and represent Kuwait in the best way possible”. FCB Remuntada’s Youssef Daikh, Hassan Mohamed Ali, Ahmed Khalid, Ali Sheet, Ali Al-Masri and Yasser El Najjar, are looking forward to the grand prize for the crowned world champion team in Brazil which is meeting Neymar Jr in Barcelona, Spain, and being his guests at the famous Camp Nou in a game by Barcelona as VIPs