Challenger Futsal Cup


Despite the World Cup running in full swing, Delhites proved that there’s nothing called football overdose. Over the weekend, the capital witnessed the very 1st Challenger Futsal Cup. The 11-team tournament was held at the Thyagraj Stadium and attracted teams from all over the Delhi-NCR Region.


Corporate sides rubbed shoulders with local clubs as well as fan driven sides. The teams, divided into 4 groups went tooth and nail over two matches as the top two teams progressed to the knockouts. All wasn’t gloomy for the teams that finished bottom of their groups as a Plate competition eventually won by TCS meant they could leave with their heads held high.


Total Football – who looked good in the groups and through their 8-3 win over Hyundai – were eventually humbled by QD’s in the last- eight. In the top half of this draw, FIS Champions and Pandara Fc made serene progress to the last-8 before FIS swept aside Pandara 5-2. The semi-final between QD’s and FIS was tense affair as the two sides were inseparable in normal time – locked at 3-3 – and in the ensuing shootout, QD’s prevailed to book a place in the final.


In the bottom half of the draw, Eurasia were completely dominant. They first took out Rebels United A 10-2 and booked a semi-final with Red Devils. The latter, had also made impressive progress as they’d accounted for Radio One 5-3. However, in the semis they were once again undone by Eurasia as the latter won comfortably 7-2.


The final – between QD’s and Eurasia – promised to be another eye catching and it didn’t disappoint. QD’s who’d escaped a tense semi-final put their foot down on the accelerator and never allowed Eurasia to settle and eventually won 5-3 and became the Champions of the very first Futsal tournament held in the capital.