Portugal is European champion 2017! Nelson Pereira and Miguel Pinheiro win Dume Susini and Anghjulu Plasenzotti (France) in the final.
Portugal represented by Nelson Pereira and Miguel Pinheiro, in particular the three-time national champions and runners-up in Europe in 2016, have been impeccable, at a great level, the brand image that this pair has been affirming throughout the European continent, winning in the final no less valuable French team consisting of Dume Susini and Anghjulu Plasenzotti, the European champions 2016 in Germany.
The final and decisive day of the competition, June 25th, began at 2:00 p.m. with a women’s exhibition match, with the semi-finals starting later, while in the first of the socks an Iberian match with Portugal did not give any chances to the Spanish team, In the second game between french formations, France 1 enforced its status and won their namesake also in 2 sets. Before the big moment of the afternoon and of the event, it was necessary to find that it would reach the last place of the podium, and in a game of a single set with great alternation in the marker, the Spanish team managed to be more effective and beat France 2 by 15×13.
The great final, which ended up being the reissue of the final of 2016 in Germany, proving that these are the 2 currently top teams of the European Footvolley, Portugal started better, defending well and attacking better closed the first set with the marker to indicate 18×13. Knowing beforehand that a new setback in the second set would mean defeat, the French team will start better and reach an early stage an important advantage that would be crucial to close the second set ahead by 18×11. In the game of ‘negra’ already with the Portuguese team to show great physical wear, they come back to play again very well, balancing their actions, achieving an important advantage, determining to have several match-points closing the third and decisive set with the marker to mark 15×13, becoming the European champions of 2017.
It was a fantastic 4 days, with a public that completely exhausted the stadium on the beach and lived intensely the great moments that the best European Footvolley performers were providing, with great emphasis on the constant animation in the venue.
The event was broadcast on LiveStreaming all over the world on June 24 and 25, and live broadcast of the Semi Finals and Final in charge of the national sports channel A Bola TV (June 25).
Under the organization of the National Footvolley League and the European Footvolley League, the main supporters of the event were the Municipality of Albufeira, Portugal 4U, AlgarExperience, Restaurant ‘Cabana Fresca’, Restaurant ‘Flavors’, Extreme Environment, Lusíadas Hospital Albufeira, Nau Salgados Palace, Yellow Fish Transfers, Santomero, Herbalife, Unik, bolao and A Bola TV.