Sao Paulo crowned MUPC Champions 2009!
Sao Paulo were crowned Manchester United Premier Cup Champions of the World for the second time - after beating Werder Bremen at Old Trafford today.
The German team took charge in the opening session, scoring after just five minutes and looked to be in the driving seat until Sao Paulo raised the tempo, earning the equaliser half-way through the second half. Just one minute into extra time and the Brazilians took the lead for the first time in the match before delivering the deciding blow just before the final whistle. 3:1 and Sao Paulo deserved winners of the title for the second time.
Coach Thorsten Bolder from Werder Bremen: "I am very proud of my boys, but although they played with passion and strength, unfortunately they did not perform as well as they have throughout the week. We participated in a training camp the week before the tournament - and maybe that contributed. We missed a couple of chances early in the match and once Sao Paulo scored their second goal, we knew it was going to be difficult to get back into the match."
Sao Paulo's Bruno Jose Petri : "We've suffered a few setbacks this week. Losing a couple of matches in the group stages was a big shock, Brazilians do not lose!
"I played the boys some recorded messages from friends and parents back home and that reminded them what they were here for. After that, we just got stronger and stronger, and were soon playing in our usual way.
"Werder Bremen were a very strong physical force in the match today and it took a while for us to settle into our own rhythm and show our ability. Once we had scored, I knew we would win through.
"This is an incredible tournament, a fantastic opportunity to participate in a true World Championship. We have been working hard to reach this point for the last three years and today I am very happy!"
Legendary England and Manchester United Captain Bryan Robson made on pitch presentations to the top three teams and later, at the Closing Ceremony, awarded Top Scorer to Colo Colo's #9 Cristostomo (6 goals) and MVP as voted by Coaches of the opposing teams - to Orlando Pirates' #9, Ngubo whilst Japan's Gamba Osaka took the fair play award, having received no red or yellow cards throughout the tournament.
Bryan Robson: "You can all be proud of yourselves when you go back home, you've worked hard. Continue to show the same level of sportsmanship, skills and endeavour like the great players you have the potential to be. Always remember to enjoy your football - and remember too that sometimes it's nice to win!"