Ed Leigh’s men have shown some great motivation and concentration all along last week to finally win the ‘We’ve Got Balls’ trophy, owing them the right to give the amount of 1000 euros to the charity organisation of their choice, which will probably be ‘My Charitable Life’.
In the first semi-final, Nico Muller, Freddi Kalbermatten, Romain De Marchi, Anne-Flore Marxer, Stefan Maurer and the Swiss force produced a very tactical football, especially in the first half, where the defense was all over the Austrian attackers. Nico Muller finally open the mark table in the second half on a personal and classy effort. Innsbruck massive did everything they could to come back, leaving it open for a deadly counter-attack right at the end of the match: 2-0.
After the humiliation of the first group match, France was all amped to meet again the English in the second semi-fial, and we could feel a lot of tension when the national anthems were played – tension that I felt this from the side of the pitch: due to a bruised leg, I couldn’t help out my French comrades other than shouting from the bench in a sort of coach/motivator role. Well it didn’t really worked out, and England scored on their first occasion. It was then hard for Les Bleus to concentrate again after this very disappointing start, and they never really show much danger into the opponant box. Ed Leigh led his defense with much strengh and authority, while Gendle and Marcus Chapman took care of creating chances for England. Which was rewarded with a second goal by the end of the game. Jenny Jones was that close to score the first ‘lady goal’ of the tournament, when the French couldn’t even run anymore.
The big final was even more tense, and everybody was actually mre concentrated on not conceeding a goal, which happened: 0-0 at the end of the extra-time, the penalties would make the final decision. And then again, it was a close call, but England forced the decision with 7 penalties against 6. Which led the Brits directly on the Arena dancefloor, and Ed Leigh announcing with a certain euphoria than next year we’ll have 16 countries represented. Let’s hope so, because we’ll be readyfor the task, this time!
God Save The…
The Swiss, unlucky finalists.
Organizer Ed Leigh looking at the trophy with envy. Thanks Ed for the good times!