The FAABI Subbuteo Event, is an opportunity to spend some relaxed time with fellow table football enthusiasts, playing the games of the FIFA World Cup, Euro 2016 and sharing a drink and nibbles. The evenings were open to all – those who have never played Subbuteo table football and want to ‘give it a go’, and those who used to play the game when they were younger. Standard of play is irrelevant, but a cheerful disposition is mandatory!
Greece Are Victorious!
Greece (Tony) 0 v 0 Germany (Jen) [Greece win 6-5 on penalties]
With Eric in Paris, Germany were always going to be vulnerable! Jen took on the mantle, and found Tony in determined mood. Jen’s keeper frustrated the Greek attackers and the inevitable penalty shoot-out looked ominous for Tony. The shots went to sudden-death, and after 11 penalties each Greece caused a major upset by knocking out the favourites!
Franz Beckenbauer, Beethoven, Hugo Boss, Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, Angela Merkel your boys took a hell of a beating!
Uruguay (Mike) 0 v 0 Bosnia Herzegovina (Ben) [Uruguay win 2-1 on penalties]
The overwhelming underdogs, Bosnia Herzegovina, nearly progressed to the final after a sterling display against Uruguay. Again, Mike’s Latin commentary appeared to give Suarez and company the bit between their teeth in the penalty shoot-out(!), and Uruguay progressed to the World Cup final.
Third/fourth Place Play-Off
Bosnia Herzegovina (Ben/Tony) 0 v 0 Germany (Mike/Steve) [Germany win 3-2 on penalties]
The third/fourth place play-off was a doubles affair, with Ben and Tony narrowly losing to Mike and Steve in the penalty shoot-out. So Germany had to settle for 3rd place – Alas!
So after 31 games it came down to Greece versus Uruguay in the World Cup Final!
Jen, who took the picture below, played with Tony (both representing Greece) against Mike and Ben, representing Uruguay.
(Pictured left to right: Mike, Ben, Tony and Steve)
There were two key moments that defined the final – 2 great through balls by Tony, both clinically finished off by Jen.
This was too good to Mike and Ben, who philosophically recognised that Suarez and company had finally bitten off more than they could chew(!)
The final whistle saw the Uruguayans desolate, and the Greeks jubilant, as they gathered around their somewhat ginormous trophy!
(Greece flip a coin to decide who has to declare this at customs!)
Final players’ table
Congratulations to Tony who has won this year’s tournament! And thank you to everyone who made this possible. Those responsible for crowd control, half time pep talks, fantastic sports journalism… the list goes on! See you all next time!
A new release recorded by The Old Subbuteo Town Band
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