Manchester Futsal Club from England finished their Mongolian leg of Tiger Street Football with a convincing win over Continental and to win their first TSF trophy plus a US$5000 cash prize.
“We come here to win,” declared Paul Thompson, a midfielder of Manchester Futsal Club, after their first group-stage match, in which they beat Continental 4-3, the second-placed team from yesterday’s national tournament.
Thompson also said he would keep his “fingers crossed” and hope to talk to Goal again as a champion at the end of the day.
Training twice a week for the past four years since they started playing as a team, Manchester Futsal Club were one of the most strategically savvy team of today’s tournament, conceding only seven goals in five TSF matches during the tournament while scoring 28.
After defeating Big 1 Sports 99 from Thailand 6-3 in the semi-final, Manchester faced their group-stage opponents again in the final. Continental had upset AJFS from Spain with what was a controversial penalty in the last minute of a semifinal to see them make the final with a 7-6 victory.
Under the pressure of the deafening fans in the stands and with Fabio Cannavaro watching, Manchester Futsal Club played a fantastic possession game. They didn’t concede any goals in the 12-minute final and won 6-0.
“To finally claim the championship is an amazing and great feeling,” Paul Thompson told Goal after the final, with a gold medal hanging on his neck.
He added: “We played [Continental] in the group stage. They have a good defence; strong and very fit. They gave us a good game in the preliminary round, so in the final, we knew what we had to do.
“We knew that if we could use our keeper to calm the situation down rather than get the crowd excited and as long as we’re in possession, then we knew we’d win the game,” Thompson said.
“We came with game plan and that was to win, and obviously, we completed that.”