Brazilian teams take the lead in Red Bull Neymar Jr’s World Five Final
Brazilian PSG star Neymar with the winners of the world final five Neymar Jr.
Doha: It was a successful night for Brazil at the 2022 Red Bull Neymar Jr World Fives Final in Doha, with two of the national fives going all the way to become the new mixed and women’s champions. Their reward was to play one game each against fellow countryman and soccer superstar Neymar Jr on Tuesday night.
“I really like the way they played,” said Neymar Jr, who watched both finals.
“I was supporting Brazil of course. I’m still a fan of Brazil and I’m happy that the title is coming home.
This year’s special global final was held at Qatar Foundation’s Education City. The state-of-the-art ceremonial court has been transformed into several five-a-side courts worthy of champions.
The players and their teams were able to outplay them all, surrounded by hundreds of football fans in towering stands.
Alexandra Chalat, Director of Community Engagement and Activation, Qatar Foundation, said: “Hosting the 2022 Red Bull Neymar Jr World Five Finals at Education City has been a wonderful way to welcome so many people from all over the world. in Qatar.
“In a year like this, we’re excited to use football as a way to be a community hub for physical activity and cultural awareness.”
After opening their tournament on Monday with a 5-0 defeat at the hands of fellow Brazilians Resenha 013 – the first-ever derby match in this competition – the women of Fortal Balls were able to avenge that defeat in a dramatic final against the same opposition. . After a tight and tense draw, it all came down to a one-on-one shootout to decide the champions, with Fortal Balls ultimately heading the winner from distance.
In the mixed category, fellow Brazilians Consagrados overcame a daunting challenge from Dutch team Mr M Sport Coaching in an equally spectacular fashion. After nine action-packed but scoreless minutes, the Netherlands took the lead with seconds remaining, before Consagrados forced a shootout with an equalizer moments later. A quick winner from the kick-off sealed victory in the shootout for the Brazilians.
After personally presenting the winners’ trophies, Neymar then invited the two teams to return to the pitch for one game each against him and his friends. The Brazilian striker delighted spectators, including special guest and four-time Dakar Rally winner Nasser Al Attiyah, with his fastest laps and some scoring goals in both Super Finals.
57 teams had traveled to Doha for the 2022 Red Bull Neymar Jr World Five Finals, each hoping to top them all in the competition’s fast-paced football format – there are no goalkeepers, and whenever a team scores, the opposition loses a player. Matches last 10 minutes or until a team loses all five players.
“After a long break, it’s so special to be back at this tournament,” said Neymar Jr when he arrived at the Qatar Foundation site. “I’m incredibly proud and want to congratulate everyone who participated in this year’s World Finals.”
The Brazilian will now focus on a new season with Paris-Saint Germain, before returning here to Qatar in November for the World Cup with his national team.