RSM European Football Tournament Turin 2017 - we are the best on the continent!
After last year’s undoubtedly great (in every respect!) event, which took place in Warsaw came time for another football match, this time in Italy.
Just like last year, RSM Poland put out two football teams in the tournament: female and male. In addition to taking part in the competition, our players could also take a walk through the beautiful streets of Turin while admiring incredible mountain scenery and spending time on the Po River and visiting such places as the Museum of Cinematography or the Museum of Egypt.
The colors of our teams were defended by: Ola Dusza, Dominika Gawrońska, Gosia Mejka, Łucja Padrak, Marta Stanosz and Magda Wiesztort. The girls left their heart on the pitch as well as incredible energy. They presented very well, by scoring as many as seven goals against the Dutch, Irish and Danish teams. In the end, however, they had to accept the advantage of the latter and the Norwegians. It should be emphasized that the girls played in the "death group", while the Dutch and the Scandinavians finally found themselves in the top four of the tournament. It is hoped that next year the group draw will be more favorable for our girls and they will be able to stretch their wings and fight for the medal zone.
In turn the male team comprised: Arek Budkiewicz, Marcin Kawka, Michał Kóska, Piotr Staszkiewicz, Paweł Szmańkowski, Przemek Wojciechowski and Leszek Woziński. They defeated - to the surprise of fans and observers - the hosts 2-1 and the Danes 1-0, then succumbing to Norwegians 0-2 in the group. The team struggled with serious injuries (broken leg, bruised muscle that made running impossible), and their battles were accompanied by a cold and fever. Despite these adversities, they faced the second round, where they discharged the Spaniards, the Italians and the French in the semi-finals without missing a single goal. In the grand finale, after a spectacular and exciting show, they had to recognize the advantage of last year's winner - the RSM UK team, who won last year's tournament in Warsaw. This does not change the fact that the male team, reaching for silver medals, made the greatest ever sports achievement for RSM Poland and will be the best team in the continent for at least a year!
The awards were given at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. An additional award was given to Piotr Staszkiewicz, who was recognized as the best goalkeeper of the tournament!