Winning comeback for Christian Filippella

Newbury-Satellite-2016-1Newbury Park, California FISTF CHALLENGER 07/02/16
On Sunday February 7, 2016, the Southern California Subbuteo Club hosted the FISTF Challenger event in Newbury Park, California.  Seven competitors participated in the tournament, showcasing the return of Italian great, Christian Filippella.  In his first tournament in the United States, Christian defeated Paul O’Donovan Rossa 3-1 in the final, to capture the FISTF Challenger Championship.  Entering the semifinals, Christian won group A and Varant Kurkeyerian (USA) won Group B. In the semifinals, Christian defeated João Bruno Casaca (Portugal) 6-0 and Paul O’Donovan Rossa edged out Varant Kurkeyerian via penalties (6-5), after finishing the match 0-0.

(Report from the organizers)