Ney­mar Jr's Five set to ex­cite foot­ballers in Pak­istan

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS - Staff Reporter

Brazil and Barcelona great Ney­mar Jr is giv­ing thou­sands of young foot­ball play­ers the chance to step up their game by stag­ing a unique knock­out tour­na­ment start­ing in 2016.

Fresh from his nom­i­na­tion for FIFA's Bal­lon D'or last week, the striker is to in­vite play­ers at the ages of 16 to 25 years in more than 35 coun­tries, across 6 con­ti­nents, to team up for his five-a-side tour­na­ment, 'Ney­mar Jr's Five'.

"It's a fun, fast and tech­ni­cal game," said Ney­mar Jr who grew up play­ing the same kind of fast-paced five-a-side foot­ball in his neigh­bor­hood. "It's the kind of foot­ball I've al­ways loved to play and this time we play it with a spe­cial twist to it. The five-player teams lose one player each time they con­cede a goal un­til there are no play­ers left, or the 10-minute game ends. This will be even more ex­cit­ing."

The tour­na­ment in Pak­istan starts next month from March 12 on­wards in Karachi, La­hore and Is­lam­abad with the na­tional fi­nals slated to take place in Is­lam­abad on the 27th of March. The na­tional cham­pion from Pak­istan will then ad­vance to the fi­nals in July in Praia Grande, where Ney­mar Jr grew up, started his pro­fes­sional ca­reer and lately founded "In­sti­tuto Pro­jeto Ney­mar Jr". Ney­mar Jr, who along­side Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez has lit up La Liga with Barcelona this sea­son, helped de­vise the for­mat and will also have the win­ning team as his guests at a match at "Camp Nou" in Barcelona, Spain.

The world fi­nal will be held in July at the In­sti­tuto Pro­jeto Ney­mar Jr in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The in­sti­tute's aim is to of­fer ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ed­u­ca­tional and sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to the most so­cially dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren and fam­i­lies to pro­mote so­cial in­clu­sion and en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion in the com­mu­nity.

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