September is football time at RSM. This time, we were cheering in the United Kingdom as it hosted the 2019 RSM European Football Tournament. As last year, RSM Poland entered two football teams to the tournament: men and women. Apart from attending the tournament, our players had an opportunity to visit the city that is the home of 5-a-side football and sit on the stands at Old Trafford, where Manchester United plays.
Our women’s team included: Ewa KWIATKOWSKA, Dominika GAWROŃSKA, Natalia KOTOMSKA, Łucja PADRAK, Klaudia ROMANOWSKA, Aleksandra DUSZA, Małgorzata MEJKA and Marta STANOSZ. The ladies had their work cut for them. They were in a group with Ireland, UK and Norway, being three women’s football giants. Despite this fact, they competed bravely and showed their best. Eventually, they lost to the hosts and Norwegians who win the women’s trophy every year.
Our men’s team included: Arkadiusz BUDKIEWICZ, Marcin KAWKA, Łukasz ŁAKOMIEC, Rafał PAZDYKA, Piotr SOKOŁOWSKI, Piotr STASZKIEWICZ, Paweł SZMAŃKOWSKI, Bartłomiej BARTKIEWICZ and Marcin ZIELIŃSKI. Unfortunately, the tournament draw was not lucky for our colleagues, as well. In their “group of death”, they had to play, among others, against the United Kingdom and Norway (last year’s finalists). The gentlemen played bravely against the tournament winners, the United Kingdom, losing 0-1, and Norway, semi-finalists of this year’s tournament (the score here was 1-2). They won with Italy and Sweden (the result of both matches was 1-0) and made it to the quarter-final, where they lost to Belgium (0-1), who later turned out to be runners-up (in the final, Belgium lost to the United Kingdom as high as 0-6).
The fact that we lost only 4 goals in 5 matches played on pitches where the pace of the game was incredibly high and the goals had an unusual size (1m high and 4m wide) for us, continent residents, shows that our men’s team played a more mature and thought through football. We are happy about it and we are hoping to celebrate their success again soon just like two years ago (the best team on the continent).
We congratulate all female and male participants on being very fit and we are looking forward to another meeting on a green pitch!