Beautiful sunny weather, spontaneously reacting crowds and high sporting level – on Sunday 13 May the football premises of OSiR Bemowo were taken over by Inter Cars. On that day 16 teams competed for victory in the 7th Inter Cars President Football Cup.
The whole tournament was composed of two parts. The first one was national qualifications, in which 18 teams competed. The best eight went through to the international finale. At the same time we sent invitations to our foreign branches, from which another eight teams came. These were the teams from Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Moldova, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Ukraine and Italy. This sixteen was competing in the grand finale - first in group phase (four groups of four teams each, two Polish and two foreign), and next - the winning eight - in cup phase: in quarter-final, semi-final and the game for the third place and of course in the finale. In total there were over 220 players in the qualifying round and in the finale phase over 200.
Roman Berliński, Quality Management Agent at Inter Cars
We are really happy that for the fifth time we have managed to win in the grand finale of the Inter Cars President Football Cup. For us the victory was equally important as the possibility of taking part in the tournament itself. I would like to congratulate all our colleagues who competed today in Warsaw, and especially our finale opponent, Croatian team, who put the bar really high and played a great game against us. Well, all the teams presented a really high level and were well prepared for the tournament.
Gabriel Pop, captain of the Romanian team
Congratulations to all those who took part in the competition, it was a great event and I am proud to have the opportunity of being a part of it. It is really encouraging to be able to see all those passionate players getting ready for the games and competing with one another. Some of them fought for victory, other only to have great fun. It reminds me of history a bit, when my father organized Inter Cars Olympic Games, composed of various disciplines. Of course, at that time it was much easier, as only 200 people took part in it, among them all our customers and employees. My dream is to repeat that event, but in a much greater scale, reflecting the current position of Inter Cars. We want to go that way, as competition has always been in the DNA of our Company. And coming back to the football cup, soon it is time to start preparations for another edition.
Maciej Oleksowicz, President of the Management Board of Inter Cars
The tournament was really popular, and the best proof of this is the fact that if we had invited all the teams that wanted to take part in it, we would need at least two days to have all the matches held. For many of the teams it has been yet another time in the contest. They are always praising organization of it, having fun being together with others, and really willingly coming back in the following years. What is important, more than the rivalry itself, the fair play fight is on the first place for them. This year we had two rookies from foreign countries, Moldova and Bulgaria. Maybe next year we will have other ones.
- This year, of course, the participants of the finale showed their best, i.e. Croatians and Romanians; also it is hard to say something bad about other teams and their skills. We were surprised by Lithuanian team, which in comparison to the previous edition made a great progress. Altogether the level of the tournament is growing year by year, and there are no more two-digit results in the games, which used to be normal in first editions. The matches are very much even, and all the players fight till the end to reverse the results of the games.
I want to congratulate all the participants of the tournament, and give my special thanks to the organizers of this year’s edition, who must be considered the “driving motors” of the whole undertaking: Roman Berliński, Tadeusz Wyszomierski, Anna Rospądek, Grzegorz Filipek, Elżbieta Zwolska, Agnieszka Iłendo and Agnieszka Ocipka. I hope that this initiative will continue to be developed in the pace it has been developing till today. For me this event has a special meaning, as this is my last tournament in such a role, but I do believe that the idea will be continued in the following years, and I will be visiting it as a supporter, to be able to cheer on the players.
Robert Kierzek, Vice President of the Management Board of Inter Cars
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