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Tenth Phuket Soccer Sevens great success

Tenth Phuket Soccer Sevens great success

FOOTBALL: The Phuket Soccer Sevens football event has become a tradition on the island, with teams coming from all over Asia, as well as Europe and Australia.

By Jean-Pierre Mestanza

Friday 30 November 2012, 09:01AM

In ten years, the event has grown from a handful of a teams playing on a dusty pitch, to over 90 teams from 23 different countries playing on a professional-level surface.

The seven-a-side tournament was held at Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club for the second straight year. Over two weekends, the teams played in several different age divisions and produced some surprise winners and not some not-so-surprising.

For the second year in a row, Shanghai Azzuri won the Open Cup division. The game was a close battle but in the end they squeaked out a 3-2 victory over a group of Phuket-based expats, Joy Dive FC.

The China-based group of Europeans were propelled by one of the tournament’s top players in Ivan Aliaga, who scored six goals in six matches.

The winners of the Masters Over 40 Cup division were Team Bondi of Australia, who thoroughly took care of PJ Wildest of Malaysia 3-0. The win gave Team Bondi their second straight Masters Cup titles in a row and third overall after coming in second several times in the past.

The rest of the winners in the Open category include INSEAD (Singapore) who won the Open Plate title and Southern FC (Singapore) taking home the Open Bowl title.

In the Masters Over 40 category, UP2YU FC (Phuket) won the Masters Plate title while Paradise FC (India) won the Masters Bowl title.

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