Hyderabad, March 11, 2019: Red Bull Neymar Jr.’s Five, a globally established five-on-five football tournament organized kicked off the city qualifiers in Hyderabad at HotFut, Begumpet Hyderabad on 9th and 10th March 2019. The city qualifier witnessed 126 teams giving their best. In the final match Hyderabad Sporting FC beat ITTI 1-0 to grab a place and represent Hyderabad in the national finals in April.
Hyderabad Sporting FC had lifted the Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five 2017 national champion trophy in a field of more than 2000 teams from 12 cities and travelled to Brazil for the World Finals. Football has once again become very, very popular in Hyderabad because of the five-a-side format. This year’s edition of Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five saw 192 team registrations.
Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five 2019 city qualifiers are taking place across from 19th January to 10th March across 15 cities in the country including Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Goa, Delhi, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi, Aizawl and Shillong. The winning teams will then compete at the Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five national finals in April 2019 for a chance to make it to the Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five 2019 World Finals in Brazil in July. It is the biggest 5-a-side football tournament in the country in-terms of locations & 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. Most legends started out on a mere, obstacle-filled street, but turned the mere street into a path. A path to blinding success. Just ask Pele, Alfredo Di Stefano or Neymar Jr. Neymar Jr’s journey started with a street and a dream and continues with a stadium and a fairy-tale.
The signature football tournament saw more than 1, 25, 000 people taking part across 62 continents and 6 countries in the Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five 2018 World Finals last year, with the hope of making it all the way from the qualifiers to the World Final in July at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr in Praia Grande, Brazil and won by Mexico.