Samsung has announced the winners of its Galaxy 11 Cup, the UK’s biggest free 5-a-side football tournament.
The tournament started in November last year, and after of 1,200 local matches across the UK, Tesco YPR from Glasgow beat West Coast Galaxy SV 3-2 in a tense final stand-off at Villa Park, Birmingham on 15 May to be crowned winners.
Launched exclusively for Samsung IT & Mobile channel partners, the tournament brought together 328 teams from 27 different companies across the UK. Each team to make the final stage was led by a celebrity football manager, including Sky Sports commentator Alan Smith, ex Charlton Athletic and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley and global football aficionado Peter Reid.
Uniting some of the biggest names in the mobile industry, the tournament helped connect football lovers both on and off the pitch through a dedicated Galaxy Cup online hub which allowed participants to chart their team’s progress, manage fixtures and view results.
Following their triumph at Villa Park, the Tesco YPR team will now go head to head with other finalists from Germany, Spain, Italy and Portugal in a European Galaxy 11 Cup. The final will take place at Benfica’s stadium in Portugal on 2 June, where the teams will battle it out for the ultimate title.
Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland, expressed a huge weel done to Tesco YPR and to all other teams participating with such great enthusiasm. He said: 'We’re delighted with the response to our Galaxy 11 Cup initiative and thrilled to have brought together so many of our valued channel partners.' 'We’re very much looking forward to building on these partnerships through the European Galaxy Cup final,’ he added.
The other teams to make the quarter final at Villa Park were BT Slingers, Kondor Salmon Queens, EE La Coruna, Phones4u Murder on Zidanes Floor FC, Phones4u Finance, CPW Red All Stars, along with Tesco YPR and West Coast Galaxy SV.