He is regarded as one of the most exciting futsal players on the planet, and he will be on show during the inaugural Futsal Oz Live, July 2 at the State Netball Hockey Centre in Melbourne.
Welsh-born player Rico Zulkarnain will join futsal legend Falcao, Bayern Munich football star Douglas Costa and Brazilian futsal captain Vanessa as the special guests at Futsal Oz Live – an event that will showcase the world's best futsal and football talents.
Zulkarnain, based in Perth and known as ‘RZ9’ in the futsal world, became an internet sensation after a series of amazing goals.
One of the goals has been watched over 100 million times and has been featured on a number of international news outlets, including Mirror.co.uk and Yahoo7.com.au. The goal was awarded Number 1 goal by popular Spanish Futsal TV program Pista Azul.
The goals earned Zulkarnain a cult following in the futsal and football worlds, but his skills are not just limited to trick shots.
After spending his junior years playing outdoor football, Zulkarnain turned his attention to futsal three years ago. Since then, he has not looked back.
Zulkarnain, 26, is a member of the national Welsh futsal team and is already listed as his country’s all-time leading goal scorer. He has also played his part in various club competitions, winning world championship and national titles in four different countries.
He is currently competing at the annual NAS Sports Dubau futsal tournament, run by the Crown Prince of Dubai, playing for Team Samba. Zulkarnain is playing with and against a host of international stars including Ricardinho (Portugal), Maxi Rescia (Argentina), Fineo Araujo (Azerbaijan) and Miguelin (Spain).
Futsal Oz Live is bringing together the best world futsal players and outdoor football stars, competing with Australia’s finest futsal stars.
Three games will be held over the Saturday evening, with Series Futsal Victoria rivals Balwyn and Carlton playing the first game. A one-off women’s invitational match is the second match, featuring Brazilian national captain Vanessa. The feature match will be between Pascoe Vale FC and Fitzroy FC. Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa will play for Pascoe Vale, while Falcao and Zulkarnain will play for Fitzroy.
The event will also feature live dancers, DJs and dynamic Melbourne band 'Vaudeville Smash' (the artists of the hit football-inspired song 'Zinedine Zidane').
I am very excited to be playing at Futsal Oz Live with some of the world's best players, including my favourite futsal player Falcao,
I have been playing futsal for just three years, and now I am competing with and amongst my idols which is hard for me to fathom.
Futsal is a wonderful sport. I have managed to achieve some great things, including winning world championship and national titles in four different countries and being top goal scorer of the Wales national team.
Every time I step on that court I get the same feeling, I know in my heart that this is what I was born to do. Within the near future I will look to sign and play at the highest level continuing to move forward in my futsal career, and I hope to help inspire many other people around the world to show them the great opportunities that futsal can provide.
The goal went viral to millions of people worldwide. It has accumulated over 100+ million views and has been posted on every major social networking platform across the internet, including TV shows and online magazine articles worldwide
The media called it “The best five-a-side goal that's ever been scored!
I remember scoring the goal and not really thinking too much about it. It wasn't really until I got subbed off and sat down to actually think about what I just managed to pull off.
I'm the first person to ever score this goal in a competitive game, and I'm still getting tagged in videos that have been reposted of the goal most days.
I really believe this goal will stand the test of time and continue to be shared and reposted for years to come. It is one of my greatest achievements so far in my futsal career.
Futsal Oz is the home of elite, social and junior futsal in Victoria and Australia.
With its three world-class stadiums in Brunswick, Mount Evelyn and Thomastown, Futsal Oz provides a safe and competitive way for everyone to enjoy futsal (a style of indoor soccer).
This year, Futsal Oz celebrates its 10th year of being a futsal organizer and provider to thousands of players.
For more on Futsal Oz, visit our website http://futsaloz.com.au