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Perth-based internet sensation to compete at Futsal Oz Live in Melbourne

  • Rico Zulkarnain to play in all-star futsal match at the State Hockey and Netball Centre, July 2
  • Zulkarnain to compete alongside Brazilian futsal legend Falcao and Bayern Munich star Douglas Costa
  • Three games to be played, including an all-womens match featuring Brazilian national futsal captain Vanessa Pereira
  • Watch Rico Zulkarnain's amazing goals https://youtu.be/Bc0c4zBeIQc
  • Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster. Book now!

Event Details

  • Event name Futsal Oz Live
  • Event location State Netball and Hockey Centre (SNHC)
  • Event date July 2, 2016
  • Event time First match starts at 5pm. Feature match starts at 7:30pm.
  • Matches FC Carlton vs FC Balwyn (mens); Melbourne vs Sydney (womens) and Pascoe Vale FC vs Fitzroy FC (mens)
  • Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster. Book now!

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').

Quotes, Rico Zulkarnain

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.

Zulkarnain on the goal that made him an internet star

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 Details

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



World’s best futsal player set to take on football and futsal stars in Melbourne

  • Brazilian futsal star Falcao to play elite futsal match at the State Hockey and Netball Centre in July
  • Bayern Munich speedster Douglas Costa to play against Falcao in an event never seen before in Australia
  • Three games to be played, including an all-womens match featuring Brazilian national futsal captain Vanessa Pereira

Event Details

  • Event name Futsal Oz Live
  • Event location State Netball and Hockey Centre (SNHC)
  • Event date July 2, 2016
  • Event time First match starts at 5pm. Feature match starts at 7:30pm.
  • Matches FC Carlton vs FC Balwyn (mens); Melbourne vs Sydney (womens) and Pascoe Vale FC vs Fitzroy FC (mens)
  • Tickets on sale through Ticketmaster. Book now!

Melbourne will host a one-off futsal spectacular when the world’s most decorated futsal player takes on a world-renowned football star at the State Netball and Hockey Centre on July 2.

Futsal Oz, the home of elite and social futsal in Victoria, is bringing together a dream group of futsal and football stars, competing against Victoria and Australia’s best futsal players.

The event, known as Futsal Oz Live, will see futsal god Falcao – the ‘Pele’ of world futsal – compete against Douglas Costa, a football star on the brink of international stardom.

Falcao is a professional futsal player, known for his skills, tricks and individual brilliance. He is a player in the Brazilian futsal team and has competed in all corners of the globe. This will be Falcao’s first visit to Australian shores.

Douglas Costa, another Brazilian player, has made his mark playing for German super club FC Bayern Munich in the ultra-competitive Bundesliga. Costa is a current member of the Brazilian national football (soccer) team and has played in Brazil’s two recent FIFA World Cup qualifying games.

Futsal Oz Live will feature three fast and furious matches of futsal, including the feature match that Falcao and Costa will play in, joined by a range of other special guests, including Rodrigo, the national captain of the Brazilian futsal team.

Falcao and Rodrigo will suit up for Fitzroy FC, while Costa will play for reigning Series Futsal Victoria champions Pascoe Vale FC.

The game will be a regular round of Series Futsal Victoria – regarded as the most competitive level of futsal in Victoria and Australia.

Futsal Oz Live will kick-off with a match between Series Futsal mens teams FC Balwyn and FC Carlton. That will be followed by a one-off representative game, featuring the best womens futsal players from Sydney and Melbourne and special guest Vanessa Pereria, the captain of the Brazilian womens futsal team.

The event will also feature live dancers, DJs and dynamic Melbourne band 'Vaudeville Smash' (the artists of the hit football-inspired song 'Zinedine Zidane').

Falcao Quotes

It's an honour to be invited to play in Australia against some great futsal and football players.
Futsal is my life. I travel the world to play and I'm really looking forward to being a part of this unique game in Melbourne.
We are building up our preparations for the Futsal World Cup in Columbia soon, so this is a great preparation for me. I like to test myself against different players, and I've seen some of the Series Futsal Victoria competition and it looks like a strong league.
I've never played with or against Douglas Costa before. He is becoming a massive star in Brazil and it will be a nice feeling to play against him.
And I'm really excited to come to Australia. I've never been there before and I hope to see some sights as well as play in the event.
It should be great to play in front of a big Australian crowd. I will do my best to entertain everyone.

Falcao Details

  • NAME Alessandro Rosa Vieira
  • NATIONALITY Brazilian
  • AGE 38
  • CURRENT TEAMS Magnum Futsal and Brazil national futsal team

Douglas Costa Details

  • NAME Douglas Costa de Souza
  • NATIONALITY Brazilian
  • AGE 25
  • CURRENT TEAMS FC Bayern Munich (Bundesliga) and Brazil national team

Rodrigo Details

  • NAME Rodrigo Hardy Araujo
  • NATIONALITY Brazilian
  • AGE 31
  • CURRENT TEAMS Magnus Futsal and Brazil national futsal team

Vanessa Details

  • NAME Vanessa Pereira
  • NATIONALITY Brazilian
  • AGE 28
  • CURRENT TEAMS Sinnai Calcio A 5 Femminile and Brazil national team

Futsal Oz Details

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

2016 Futsal Oz live poster