Islamabad: After a gripping finale that saw an incredible fight for the title, Multan’s Raw Talent won the Neymar Jr’s Five National title at the TOTAL Football Academy, Sports Complex, Ayub National Park Grand Trunk (GT) Road, Rawalpindi, on Sunday (February 11).
The Multan based club had to overcome stiff opposition from Faisalabad’s Ravens Football Club as they registered their historic win by a solitary goal. The 1-0 win booked the club’s berth in the Neymar Jr’s Five World Finals 2018 that are scheduled for Brazil in Neymar Jr’s hometown in the month of July this year.
The National Finals Day saw three cliffhangers including the grand finale. Both Ravens and Raw Talent overcame teams from Karachi in their respective semi-finals. Raw Talent defeated Neymarazil (Karachi) while Ravens went past Abdul FC (Karachi) to set up the final clash, both semi-finals produced an identical 1-0 score line as was the case in the championship final.
Raw Talent meanwhile are now set to undertake a memorable journey to Brazil and rub shoulders with teams from 60 odd nations from around the world who would be competing for the Neymar Jr’s Five Global Champions 2018 title.
Raw Talent held their nerves in the nerve wracking final, their players exhibited outstanding defensive skills to keep the Ravens’ forwards at bay in front of a sizeable crowd that had gathered at the venue to cheer the two finalists.
This year’s Pakistan edition was a roaring success with football talent from across the country gathering at this magnificent platform provided by Red Bull for the growth of world’s most popular sport in the country.
Six cities took part in the tournament and gave it their all in the quest for glory. The tournament has set the bar high and Red Bull is committed to producing similar action packed editions in the yea’s ahead, all in the bid to unearth world class football talent in Pakistan.
Neymar Jr’s Five is the Brazilian forward’s signature football tournament – and a truly global phenomenon. Across six continents and more than 50 countries, five-a-side teams battle it out in 10-minute matches with a twist. Every time one team scores, the opposition loses a player, which makes it fast, technical, tactical – and unique in the world of football. The teams will set out with the hope of making it all the way from the qualifiers, to their national final and on to the World Final in July 2018, at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil. Dare to dream, and outplay them all!