The golden double by Markus Poom
Markus Poom won the 12th Dice Football Championship. He played Semmo Juks in the finals and won after a penalty series in which the Flora's midfielder showcased great goalkeeper instinct which he probably gets from his father and defended a deciding shot.
“I observed that if I didn’t cover number 6, he would always hit there and score,” commentated Poom, who added the Dice Football Championship title to his grass football Estonian Championship gold. “In the penalty series I always covered number three and six – I believe that’s how I won!”
The fact that Markus’s father’s picture is on the cover of the Dice Football makes the win obviously a bit more special: “We have Dice Football at home, but it’s a bit of an old and broken version. We have played it quite often – at first it was with us in England and when we moved to Estonia it broke a little bit. I’m very happy to have won – I haven’t done so well in the previous years. It’s always great to come to an event like this and leave as the winner.”
Amongst the grass footballers Siim Luts made it to the semi-final. He lost the 3rd place to Brandon Paimal also after a penalty series. Märten Kuusk lost to Poom 3:4 in the quarter finals during extra time and Henri Välja lost to Poom 1:2 in the 1/8 finals. Andre Frolov fell out of the game in the 1/8 finaks with a loss 1:2 to Kaido Kaspar Õismaa.
The defendant Champion Monica Rand was the last in her group with two losses and one draw. The 2009 Estonian Champion and the real football’s association president Aivar Pohlak shared the same fate with the deputy mayor of Tartu. The 2013 Estonian Champion Meelis Kalda lost to Lauri Evert in the 1/8 finals after a penalty series 4:6.