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PLAYERS from as far away as Europe will descend on Penrith's Mega Games store, where the games kick off at 4pm.

Subbuteo is a table-top soccer board game in which competitors finger-flick toy players against the ball to "kick" it through their team's goal posts.

Emu Heights subbuteo enthusiast Brett Davis and Mega Games owners Manuel and Christine Stamatakis organised the tournament.

"I wanted to get Australia on the map with subbuteo," Mr Davis said.

Mr and Mrs Stamatakis host such events in their store most Saturdays.

Mrs Stamatakis said at first she didn't realise that it was an international event.

"We thought it was only a local tournament, but then I was getting emails from Belgium and Sweden," she said.

"I was thinking: 'What's going on here?' I was surprised by the support it had."

Mr Davis said although subbuteo was popular throughout the world, its following in Australia had declined.

"We were big in the 1980s," he said.

"I'd like to see us participate around the world again."

Mr Stamatakis said it was an exciting development for their business as well as the Penrith community.

"We like anything that will take people away from their computer screens and have them get social again, dealing with human beings," he said.

"Bringing subbuteo to Penrith in a big way is showing the rest of Sydney that we're around and we're doing things."

The games and puzzles company Crown & Andrews is donating the victor's prize to the tournament.

Mr Davis said he was grateful to Mega Games and Crown & Andrews, whose support made the tournament possible.

Details: 4pm, September 15 at Mega Games, 388 High Street, Penrith. Phone: 4722 9975.

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