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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 30-40 minutes 2

Designer(s): Oliver Abendroth

Manufacturer(s): Kosmos

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Product Description

The fascinating game of soccer with cards! Even if you don't know what offside is, this game will fascinate you!

You send eleven players onto the field. You decide which part of the team you particularly want to strengthen: The defense? Then begin with four defenders. Or instead do you want to play with four men in the center zone? And pray that your two forwards are enough.

The tactic cards bring action to the game! Select the cards which bring strength to your team. Take the offensive, but guard against being countered!

After six game periods you find out who goes home a winner. An extension is played if the scores are tied, and sometimes the game comes down to a single, dramatic shootout!

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Oliver Abendroth

  • Manufacturer(s): Kosmos

  • Year: 1998

  • Players: 2

  • Time: 30 - 40 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 415 grams

  • Language Requirements: An English translation of the rules is provided.


  • 60 Soccer cards
  • 60 Tactic cards
  • 1 Board
  • Yellow cards
  • Sports cup
  • Referee
  • Chips

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.5 in 2 reviews

They think it's all over... it is now!
February 09, 2001

Firstly I'd like to agree with the reviewer below in that perhaps red/yellow card & injuries are too common (you have a 50/50 chance of a player prone to yellow cards getting one if he has to test) in this game; we played for 120 minutes (it was 3-3 after the full 90) and at the end of the game we were both down to 9 men, had at least three players each with a yellow card and only two subs left out of four!

However, I have to say that this is also one of the most fun, draining games I've ever played, and is a fine addition to the Kosmos two-player line. The components are excellent and the names and artwork on the cards are quite a spoof in their own right. We played on until way past when I had planned to leave as there was no way I was leaving until the match was over (this was one of several games we played, it's not excessively long).

Overall an excellent, fun game well worth anyone's time. By the way, I won 4-3 after extra time with the last counterattack of the game. Following this it would have gone to penalties!

A challenging card game of soccer for two players
December 07, 1998

Finale is a fine, if somewhat complex game of soccer for two. Each player chooses a team of fifteen footballers and two sets of tactics cards from within either of the two team decks. The tactics cards have different balances of defense, midfield and striker strengths that have direct bearing on how you set up your team (3-4-3,2-5-3 etc.)

The gameplay consists of several turns (in 15 min increments on the turn record) where each player chooses a tactics card from their current hand, the higher card becoming the attacker. Players pick different footballer cards based on their current strengths (after which cards are rotated /tapped as in Magic) as dictated by the tactics cards...Count up the total strength of cards plus die roll vs. opponent and goal is allowed or denied.

We found that yellow cards, red cards and injuries were way too common, so we play house rule of checking die roll twice for each possibility rather than once, fail twice in a row then effected. Much better soccer realism. It takes a couple of plays to get fast, but then very fun!

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