Poland’s Dynamik Torun were crowned as the first Socca Champions League victors after four stunning days of action in Croatia.
Torun edged an-all Polish final by the odd goal in three as they overcame Kluge Team Plock to spark jubilant scenes.
The semi-finals were dominated by Eastern European teams, and Latvia’s FC Nikers beat home favourites Villa Vrsar 5-3 in a real ding-dong entertaining clash.
Dynamik had looked the form team throughout, a 7-0 victory over Germany’s Team Rocket in the quarter finals had given notice that they were the team to watch and so it proved .
The eventual champs had progressed fairly serenely through the groups. A 6-2 win over Spain’s FS5 Navarra Veteranos was followed up by a 6-0 cruise against Balkan Stars, and after that Rocket fuelled beating of Team Rocket, they were made to work harder in the last eight. A 2-1 edging of Giro Molde Azul to set up the last four clash with Vrsar.
Plock had a Celtic route to the final, beating Irish representatives, Drink Team 6-0, before being to make work harder by Transylvania FC 3-2
The real day for goals, though, was the staggering second day of competition.
Friday brought an absolute deluge of strikes. It had started with a 12-2 victory for Croatia’s MNK Meteora Futsal – but that match had to play on the undercard to the performances of Transylvania – who thumped FC Young Boys Ham 18-2 – while there was another 18 goal romp for Tunisia’s AS Ommp.
Ultimately, though, it was the class, skill and strength of the Polish teams that shone through, and provided a final worthy of this wonderfully prestigious first Champions League.