Five legendary indoor football clips that show why fans love Masters Football

With Masters Football officially bursting back onto our screens, we’re looking back on five clips to remember how much we all enjoy indoor action.

Of course, the beautiful game is most famously played in an outdoor setting. But there’s something special about futsal and Masters Football. The smaller pitch makes for an entertaining, high-paced spectacle that fans can enjoy.

And with the popular tournament being off television since an attempted rebrand in 2017, the hype is through the roof.

The competition will begin on July 8, and there’s already a plethora of legendary players expected to represent their old clubs. Man United, Celtic, Rangers and Liverpool have already signed up, and rumblings over who could play have begun.

As per a press release, ‘Red Devils’ great Paul Scholes could reunite with his former teammate Wes Brown. While Steve McManaman is in line to represent Liverpool. And Michael Mols looks set to provide fans with a bit of nostalgia by putting on the Rangers strip for one last dance.

So with enthusiasm at an all-time high, we’re looking back on five great indoor football moments to whet your appetite.

Read: Masters Football 2022: Everything we know so far about this iconic tournament.

Jorg Albertz scores a screamer

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The Masters is renowned for beautiful goals. But one, in particular, stands out as the best in the tournament’s history.

Rangers midfielder Jorg Albertz sprinted down the left wing and fired the ball into the opposite corner with sniper-like precision. A Germany international in his playing days, many fans remember Albertz for his post-professional howitzer.

Tottenham vs Arsenal, Masters 2009

Although the minimum age to participate in the tournament is 35, the hunger in players’ bellies is as fierce as the youngsters playing in Champions League finals. Ultimately the itch to compete never dies, especially in the North London derby.

In this crunch collision, Arsenal started strong as Ian Selley smashed the ball past the goalkeeper to give his side the lead. And they soon punished their rivals again, as they left them chasing shadows with their spell-binding passing. After a beautiful sequence, Nigel Winterburn delivered the ball to Michael Thomas, who slotted it home.

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Although Spurs appeared down and out, they didn’t give up. Dean Austin struck the ball perfectly to get his club back into the fixture. But despite their efforts, Arsenal quickly fired back in the form of a second Thomas goal.

Despite the blow, Tottenham continued to search for a way to get back into the game—and eventually, they found it.

The ball ricocheted off the barrier, and Steve Sedgley pounced. His side was now only a goal behind, and they more than expected to find it. In the dying seconds, Clive Wilson beat his man with an astonishing trickery to bury the equaliser.

The entertaining game finished as a 3-3 draw. Despite their ages, all the players impressed the crowd with their ability to roll back the years.

Liverpool vs Everton, Masters 2009

This Merseyside derby lived up to all expectations. It doesn’t matter the setting, an all-Scouse match-up is guaranteed to excite.

After threatening early, Craig Short blasted the ball into the back of the net to put ‘The Toffees’ into the ascendency. The Yorkshire man then followed this up by delivering a brutal elbow to Phil Charnock, who had to leave the pitch.

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Despite losing their man, ‘The Reds’ remained in good spirits as they looked to fire back. Ireland international Jason McAteer nearly put them right back in the contest with a lovely chip hitting the crossbar. They carried that momentum, and it eventually played dividends as Mark Seagraves hit the back of the net.

But this didn’t go down too well with the star of the match. Short found the winner with an absolute beauty from way outside the box. In this game, the centre-back proved that he had a bit of ability at the top end of the pitch as well.

Ronaldinho, Futsal

In his prime, the Brazilian icon was undeniably one of the best players on the planet. He bamboozled defenders with his vast array of tricks and skills.

But as good as he was on the classic football pitch, his ability is even better highlighted on a futsal court.

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Before his retirement in 2018, he flew to India to showcase his ability with Goa 5 and The Delhi Dragons. During his stint in Asia, the smiley attacker reminded fans why they loved him so much in his glory days.

Suphawut Thueanklang goal, Futsal World Cup 2012

At the highest level, futsal is truly a sight to behold. During the 2012 World Championships, Thueanklang scored one of the most remarkable goals in the sport’s history. He met the ball off a lofted throw from his goalkeeper before striking it into the top corner from the acutest of angles.

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The fantastic finish was so good, Fifa awarded it the accolade of ‘goal of the tournament. Moments like these are the exact reason why fans can’t wait for the revival of the Masters. The tournament will broadcast live on 360 Sports on July 8 from the Braehead Arena in Glasgow.

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