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Luc Ciotowski 1302 9th of February 2013 by editor 9th of February 2013
For the love of the game

Luc Ciotkowski brings us a season update from the IFL Madrid, whilst Tim Inkling looks at FC Británico

IFL Madrid
It’s easy to imagine the top-flight professionals of Atlético, Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano driving past sports centre football pitches in Madrid, seeing amateur games in progress and feeling a pang of envy for those playing for the sheer enjoyment of it. Without the pressure of a million pairs of eyes from around the world scrutinising your every mistake, without having to learn to answer questions from the media more diplomatically than an ambassador in the Middle East, without doing it because it’s your job and how you provide for your family.
    Of course, it would only be a moment. Then the traffic lights would change to green and they would speed off in their Porsches to their mansions, with their thoughts turning to what they might do to fill up the rest of the day after finishing training. The players of the IFL Madrid five-a-side league have no such preoccupations.

The story so far
The gangly and the stumpy, the skinny and the beefy, those who run like the wind and those who only break it. The multifarious group of foreigners and Spaniards who play in Madrid’s number one non-affiliated five-a-side football league began the 2012/13 campaign in October minus last season’s champions, O’Neill’s Celtic.
    The first division winners decided to leave on a high after reclaiming the title to make it three championship victories in four years. Favourites to fill the void were the other O’Neill’s team, O’Neill’s United, and last term’s runners up, Atlético Cero. Cero began the way they meant to carry on by comfortably beating Santana in the delayed final of the Nuez Web Solutions Cup. They have not set a foot wrong so far and look certain to bookend their season with silverware if they continue in the same vein.
    O’Neill’s United, meanwhile, have twice been surprised by teams who played in the second division last year, the first being by winners FC Británico, who announced their new status at United with a 4-1 win. The second were FC Twenty, whose surge into the top pack looks all the more impressive when contrasted with their fourth place second division finish in 2011/12.
    FC Dutch Gold complete the group of teams with first division football assured when the league splits into two at the end of March. Los Hombres de Paco and Santana look close to joining them, while Triskel and Madrid Reds have a fight on their hands to avoid losing their first division status as the weakened FC Copenbadly already have. The minnows of Rastro Bar-barians and new boys Madrid Limited hope to see their perseverance rewarded when the two meet this month in “the battle of the bottom”. To be able to concede 129 goals in 11 games as Rastro have and still enjoy playing just doesn’t happen in professional football.

FC Británico
Having celebrated the club’s 40th anniversary last year, fortunes have been mixed for FC Británico in the 2012/13 season. The club currently hold 11th position in the table, clear of relegation, yet not pushing for the much-desired promotion places. Nevertheless, there have been two notable victories—5-1 and 5-2 against CD Perales de Tajuña and Racing de Moratalaz respectively, as well as two thrilling 4-4 draws, against Deportivo LFC and Rivas Vaciamadrid “A”. This month, on 10 February, sees a visit from second-placed CD Orusco.
    Full updates on the FC Británico’s season can be found on their website, http://fcbritanico.com, and facebook page, www.facebook.com/fcbritanico.

For regular updates and information, check out www.iflmadrid.com. Joining the league as a new player is as easy as sending an email with the subject IFL NEW PLAYER to lewis [dot] carroll [at] honeywell [dot] com.

For the league tables as at mid Jan, see page 6 of our on line edition at http://issuu.com/inmadrid/docs/1302_inmadrid_february_2013_issue

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