IE Grassroots Tournament 2014

Written on October 21, 2014 by Campus Life in Sports

grassroot14IE Business School once again hosted the IE Grassroots tournament in Madrid on the 11th-12th October 2014. Business schools throughout Europe came to Madrid to participate in the football event.

Some of the schools decided to come a few days earlier to soak up the Spanish culture and see the sites. However, the main festivities started on the Friday night when the teams, met each other at Gastropub to mingle and have a few pre-tournament drinks.

The first kick-off was on the Saturday morning with IE White team playing against IMD from Switzerland. It was a thrilling start to the tournament with six goals scored, and IE coming off as the victors.

After the first day, the IE White team was on top of Group A. IMD made up for losing in their first game when they beat London Business School 3-1, to finalise as second in the group. IESE was top of group B, after winning all their games and IE Blue right behind them in second place.

The first semi-final was off to a bad start as IE Blue had five injuries from the previous day and did not have a full team. The IE White team went through comfortably in unfortunate circumstances.

IESE faced IMD in the semi-finals. The first half was very close but IESE eventually came out clear winners to move onto to the final match.

The final match was full of controversy and full of heart-stopping moments. IESE went 1-0 up after the 10th minute with an amazing shot from 25 yards out, straight to the top corner. IE’s keeper had no chance! With 5 minutes left to the end of the half, IE had a corner but the ball was cleared out. IESE striker pounced on the ball and noticed that IE’s goalkeeper was out of his box. He took the shot. The keeper saved it but he was 10 yards outside his box and ended up with a red card. With no other keeper on the team, one of the strikers volunteered to be keeper.

IE faced a huge uphill battle in the 2nd half, as they were 1-0 down and 1 player down. IESE was on top form so IE really needed to dig deep in order to come back. IE fought hard in the 2nd half to eventually finish 2-2, which meant it was straight to penalties. IE’s newly appointed keeper had to perform a miracle or hope that some of IESE’s players were to miss. IE’s striker come keeper became the hero of the day as he saved 2 penalties, to have IE win the 2014 IE Grassroots tournament.

Well done to IE for a fun and well organised tournament.


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