The inaugural Star Sixes tournament at the O2 Arena was so good that it might well have rendered professional 11-a-side football redundant.
Perhaps that’s the lack of Premier League football talking, but watching ex-international footballers play 6-a-side in a fast-paced competition is hard not to enjoy.
The first goal of the tournament was scored by none other than Michael Owen, and while England lost their group opener 4-1 to Spain, Owen’s goal was a welcome throwback.
Brazil were about, and brought some talent in the form of Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos and Gilberto Silva.
Of course, there was a bit of this…
… but more importantly, this. Hopefully the tournament organisers had net insurance.
For Spain, whether it’s at youth or veteran level, tiki-taka carries on.
But they weren’t the only ones – here’s Scotland putting their own spin on things.
And have you ever seen anything like this from England?
It was Scotland last night, but tonight it's England playing tiki-taka football, as @themichaelowen nets his second #ENGSCO #StarSixes pic.twitter.com/SOmUBv7iLZ— Star Sixes (@StarSixes) July 14, 2017
Of course, England exited at the quarter-final stage. The Danes were a very impressive team though, as is evidenced by this fine Chris Sorensen goal.
In the end it was France who won the thing, beating Denmark 2-1 in the final.