Shillong, Sept 14: Spartan FC beat Blitz FC 2-0 in the final of the Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five, a globally established five-on-five football tournament that kicked off in Dimapur’s City Futsal on August 21.
The city qualifier witnessed over 28 teams giving their best. Spartan FC will represent Dimapur in the national finals in the last week of September 2021.
The city qualifiers were held across 18 cities in the country, including Indore, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Bangalore, Lucknow, Pune, Kolkata, Chennai, Siliguri, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jalandhar, Dimapur, Bhubaneswar, Kochi, Chandigarh and Goa. The winning teams will then compete at the Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five national finals in September 2021 for a chance to make it to the Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five 2021 World Finals in Qatar. It is the biggest 5-a-side football tournament in the country in-terms of locations and participants.
The tournament is based on the belief that footballers never earn their skills in big stadiums at big clubs. Their journey almost always begins on the streets, with their friends, like it did for Neymar Jr. In the streets, their main obstacles are not the opposing defenders but the hard gravel, sweltering heat and the blinding dust.