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Brazil Teams Complete Clean Sweep At Red Bull Neymar Jr's Five World Final

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Doha: It was a successful night for Brazil at the 2022 Red Bull Neymar Jr's Five World Final in Doha, with two of the country's five-a-side teams going all the way to become the new mixed and women's champions. Their reward was to play a match each against their compatriot and footballing superstar, Neymar Jr on Tuesday evening.

“I really like how they played,” said Neymar Jr, who watched the two finals. 

“I was supporting Brazil of course. I'm always a fan of Brazil and I'm happy that the title is going home again.”

This year's special world final was hosted at Qatar Foundation's Education City. The state-of-the-art Ceremonial Court was transformed into multiple five-a-side courts fit for champions.

Players and their teams got to outplay them all, surrounded by hundreds of football fans in towering grandstands.

Alexandra Chalat, Community Engagement and Activation Director, Qatar Foundation, said:“Hosting the Red Bull Neymar Jr's Five World Final 2022 in Education City was a wonderful way to welcome many people from around the world to Qatar. 

“In a year like this one, we are delighted to be using 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 loss 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. Following a tight and tense goalless draw, it all came down to a one versus one shootout to decide the champions, with Fortal Balls eventually steering in the winner from distance.

In the mixed category, fellow Brazilians Consagrados overcame the strong challenge of Netherlands team, Mr M Sport Coaching, in similarly dramatic fashion. After nine action-packed but goalless minutes, Netherlands took the lead with just seconds remaining, before Consagrados forced a shootout with an equaliser a few moments later. A quickfire winner straight from the kick-off sealed victory in the shootout for the Brazilians.

After personally handing over the winners' trophies, Neymar then invited both teams back onto the pitch for a match each against him and his friends. The Brazil forward delighted the spectators, including special guest and quadruple Dakar rally winner, Nasser Al Attiyah, with his best tricks and some trademark goals during the two Super Finals.

57 teams had travelled to Doha for the 2022 Red Bull Neymar Jr's Five World Final, each hoping to outplay them all in the competition's fast-paced footballing format - there are no goalkeepers, and every time a team scores, the opposition lose a player. Matches last for 10 minutes, or until one team loses all five players.

“After a long pause it's so special to have this tournament back,” said Neymar Jr when he arrived at the venue in Qatar Foundation.“I'm incredibly proud and want to congratulate everyone who has been part of this year's World Final.”

The Brazilian will now switch his focus to a new season with Paris-Saint Germain, before returning here to Qatar in November for the World Cup with his national team.


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