Red Bull’s Neymar Jrs. Five will be hosting its final tournament on Thursday 26th May at Al Kout Mall after 8 qualifiers alive with excitement which took place throughout May. The 16 qualified teams will compete during Kuwait’s final tournament out of which the winning team will be flying to Brazil to represent Kuwait in the world final. The side who comes out on top in the World Final will win an extra special prize; the chance to meet Neymar Jr. and watch a Barça match at the Camp Nou in the VIP area.
In Kuwait and in partnership with Nissan, Shop & Ship, Acqua Eva, Sun & Sand Sports and Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr, eight qualifiers gave 128 teams the opportunity to participate in this global competition starting with Hassan Abul football, Goal! Football fields in Fahaheel, Al Shaab, Al Jahra and Kuwait University Adailiya towards the final at Al Kout Mall.
Neymar Jr. has teamed up with Red Bull to create a 5-a-side street football competition in more than 35 countries around the world – a championship open to amateur and semi-professional footballers aged between the age of 16 and 25. The tournament was contested first at a local level, then in a national final and will be concluded in a global final in Praia Grande, São Paulo, where the Brazil and Barcelona star’s career started.
Neymar Jr’s Five features one twist compared to normal 5-a-side football – every time a team scores, the opposition loses a player. The games will last for ten minutes, however, if a team manages to eliminate all players on the other side, they take the victory before the full time ends.
“A hint that I would give to everybody is to enjoy yourselves playing in this tournament… I know that everybody wants to win, wants to be the champion, but it’s only one team that will win it! So enjoy yourself, enjoy that unique moment of playing or even watching those games… And believe in your dream. I believe that with a soccer ball and a goal, or even with a soccer ball and two pair of flip-flops you can be very happy” – Neymar Jr.