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Norway is the winner of the second FIFPro Winter Tournament. In a thrilling final, which ended in a 1-1 draw, Team NISO beat their rivals from the Republic of Ireland on penalties: 3-2.

 

Last year Norway ended up losing the final on penalties to Finland. This time, manager Vidar Riseth’s men hit all spot kicks. Mats Cato Moldskred secured the tournament win by converting his penalty after a miss from Irish midfielder James Chambers.

 

In the final, Norway was the first team to score. From the edge of the penalty area, Adem Güven curled the ball into the far corner. Ireland equalized: from within the penalty box, Derek Forlan put the ball into the back of the net after an Irish free kick.

 

Both Norway and Ireland had won their first match. Norway (Team NISO) outplayed Finland with some swift counter attacks: 3-1. Faysal Ahmed scored twice and Adem Güven made one goal. Finland, last year’s winners, only managed a consolation goal: a free kick by Antti Okkonen.

 

In the tournaments opening match, Ireland proved to be a little better than Sweden, as Team PFAI beat Team SFS with 1-0. In the first half Darren Meenan found the net, helping his team to the final.

 

Finland claimed the bronze medal thanks to a great comeback against Sweden. The Swedish Team SFS had taken a 2-0 lead with Uchenna Ike scoring both goals. But Finland managed a huge turnaround. Kim Alonen, Janne Turpeenniemi and Antonio Inutile did the scoring.

 

Adem Güven was voted Best Player of the FIFPro Winter Tournament. The 26-year old attacking midfielder from Norway impressed with his attacking skills and pace. Güven scored twice this tournament, just like team mate Faysal Ahmed.

 

In the last two seasons Güven played 58 matches for Kongsvinger. In 2010 he scored 7 goals in the Tippeligaen (highest division in Norway), in 2011 he made 9 goals in the second division. 

 

 

 

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Ireland-Sweden 1-0

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Finland-Norway 1-3

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Finland-Sweden 3-2

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Ireland-Norway 1-1

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MVP: Adem Güven - Tournament winners: Norway