Futsal: Boomerang Interviu seal hat trick
For the third time in succession, Brazilian team Malweel/Jaragua made it to the final of futsal’s intercontinental club cup – and for the third time in succession they lost to Spanish club Boomerang Interviu. The Madrid outfit won the match 3-1 to secure a hat trick of titles in futsal’s most prestigious event at club level. Taking place for the fourth time, this year’s intercontinental cup was played in the Portuguese town of Portimao. Completing the attractive field of teams were Carlos Barbosa de Brasil (winners if the inaugural event), Portuguese clubs Sporting and Benfica, Nagoya Oceans (Japan), World United (USA) and Toyota (Angola).
Boomerang Interviu’s success was fully deserved, with the club not only gaining plaudits as the best team, but also laying claim to the tournament’s best outfield player, Brazilian star Schumacher, as well as the best goalkeeper, Luis Amado (94 caps and Futsal World Championship winner in 2000 and 2004).
With this success, Boomerang Interviu further underlined their leading position in the game of futsal. With 16 Spanish championships, 9 Spanish cup titles, 7 Spanish super cup triumphs, 3 UEFA Futsal Cup titles and a hat trick of intercontinental cup victories, the club that was founded 29 years ago by journalist Jose Maria Garcia is the most successful in the world.
“Although Boomerang Interviu have already won so many titles and trophies, the club is as keen as ever to record even more triumphs. Playing in such an ambitious and skillful team is a lot of fun,” says Marquinho, one of seven players in the team with Brazilian origins.
Despite going behind in the 22nd minute of the final to a goal by Xande, Boomerang Interviu bounced back immediately, scoring three times within five minutes through the Brazilian trio of Marquinho, Neto and Schumacher. “Once the third goal went in, we had our opponents beaten.”
Falcao, the FIFA World Futsal Player of the Year in 2004 and Malweel/Jaragua’s star player, was visibly disappointed at the end of the final. “We didn’t have time to defend our short-lived lead because they equalized from the next attack,” he said. “It’s a shame that the final turned against us like that. I hope we can learn from our mistakes.”
The Malweel/Jaragua coach and former Brazilian national team coach, Fernando Ferretti, was dignified in defeat. “We lost to a team that were simply better than us,” he said. “Nevertheless, we had a good tournament and will continue to work on our game in the hope that we can win the title next year.”
And he can rest assured that Boomerang Interviu are by no means unbeatable as Russian rivals Dynamo Moscow proved when they beat the Spanish side 2-1 in the final of this year’s UEFA Futsal Cup on 28 April.