Toch nog, Ajax pakt de dubbel!Some traditions are worth keeping, and the financial football tournament is one of them. Saturday the 28th of May the Financial Football tournament will be held for the eight time. Just like last couple of years in Abcoude, playing outdoor with seven-a-side on a half-lenght pitch and a great BBQ afterwards. And indoor soccer rules, so leave your Nigel de Jong-tackles at home.

Tournament was formerly known as the All Options Football Tournament – but due heavy times for Allard and his traders they have withdrawn from sponsoring. Hope they will send a team anyway – or maybe we’ll see former AO traders with their new firm MMX Trading on the pitch.The steady trading firm from the west side, Scrocca, has signed for sponsoring the tournament this year. Other sponsors remain unchanged (Eurex and KBC) and everything will be organized smoothly as usual by Ferry Boekholt (Bennington).

Tournament is open to all members of the Euronext and Eurex, the exchanges itself as well as regulators and all other groups trading derivatives or equities. Last year 18 teams participated and the title was won by 323 Trading, beating Caerus on penalties in the final. You can sign up over here and download read the brochure here (pdf).

Not placing any bets this time – but no firm has ever won the title twice yet. Here’s the list of past winners:

  • 2010 – 323 Trading
  • 2009 – KBC Bank
  • 2008 – Eurex
  • 2007 – Euronext
  • 2006 – Market Wizards
  • 2005 – Fortis
  • 2004 – IMC
  • 2003 – Optiver

Strange enough All Options isn’t sending a team this year – with the 100 employees left at least one team doesn’t sound too difficult. Other notable absent firms this year are last year’s winner 323, Flow Traders, Binck and ABN AMRO Clearing.

Unrelated short news : the departure of Randal Meijer as CEO of Optiver has been confirmed by Quote (nl). New guy in the boardroom is the unknown Eduardus Duijn – who has been capable of leaving no trace or whatsoever on the internet. Just pray he doesn’t burn his own garbage in the garden.