Round trip: A game of football with the Sprinter on a roundabout.

In “Roundabout Football”, a roundabout in Porto is quickly converted into a playing field. The highlight: the goals are formed by two rotating Sprinters.*

*Professional drivers on closed roads. Do not attempt.
The two teams face each other in the preliminary meeting.

Anyone can play on a normal field.

Take a rectangular playing field, add eleven players against eleven and set the stopwatch twice to 45 minutes playing time. These are the well-known rules of one of the world’s most popular team games. It is obvious that this is good old football. Although the game around the round leather ball has already experienced one or two rule changes over the course of time, it has always remained identical in its core. Time for a revolution: by breaking the rules a little and reinventing football, a group of Portuguese players are proving that the game does not always have to be the same.

A very different kind of football match.

A roundabout not only ensures smooth traffic, the central island also has undreamt-of potential. In Porto, footballers have found the perfect place for their project. In the middle of a Portuguese roundabout, fun and action are written in capital letters. And that’s what it looks like: in “Roundabout Football” the field is circular and the goals are in motion. Uninterrupted.

The players’ sense of orientation is put to the test: two Mercedes-Benz Sprinter circulate around the roundabout and serve as goals. One thing above all applies to the teams: constant realigning and reorienting. Even the experienced players have to be careful not to tie a knot in their legs.

Two teams play football next to the Sprinter on the roundabout.

The new Sprinter as a mobile game changer.

Not only the external circumstances, but also the classic positions are turned upside down in “Roundabout Football”: so the goalkeepers are not positioned between the posts, but in the cab of the Sprinter. Their task: to continually steer the “goals” in a circle. For the strikers, the shots must be placed with foresight. In “Roundabout Football” the footballers fight relentlessly against each other: pushing your opponent into the corner? On a roundabout this is simply impossible. Instead, constant changes of direction are on the agenda. But at the end of the day everyone agrees: “A game of Roundabout Football should be included in every training plan.”

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