At the sound of the classic 'anthem' Freddy Mercury - "We are the Champions" - Ukraine received the trophy for Best National Team Europe 2014 at the closing ceremony of the event organized this year in Portugal. Ler em português
After the winning team lifted the cup at the sound of the songs sung by the Ukrainian fans, the prizes for the rest of the competition were given.
Germany, which debuted in international competitions, was considered the national team with the most fair-play, the guardian of the English national team goal, Giles Moore, was voted the best goalkeeper and the Irish Messet Gary was honored for being the top scorer in this competition.
Followed by the official speeches and continuing the party of the Ukrainian selection ...
The European Football 7 Championship, an integrated program in Maia - European City of Sport -deserved positive assessment by the president of the organizer of the event, the PCAND - National Cerebral Palsy Sports Association. The official, Joaquim Viegas, told how this tournament had gone, whose goals included designing and developing this sport in Portugal.
"I think it's a positive balance. I believe that, in general, the national teams are satisfied. In sporting terms, it was also an excellent tournament, in which today we had difficulty in framing the matches because of the rain, but we managed to overcome this situation", Viegas said.
Regarding the provision of Portugal, President of PCAND, analyzed the 7th place finish, remembering the reality of the Portuguese national team: " For this national team, the 7th place is very good given that the best that this national team could aspirate was a 6th place and therefore with hope in the future we can improve even more, and that is our goal.”
The victory of Ukraine was not a surprise for Joaquim Viegas, since this national team, considered the leader, was one of the candidates for the title held by Russia. Also, the head of PCAND recalled that considering the match that put them head to head only has been settled on penalties, both one and the other could come out victorious of this "lottery".
"Russia ends up in third place, of course, and Ukraine in the first place, against Netherlands and against Ireland in Europe which are also the third and fourth best teams," he said.
In the end, the feeling is "mission accomplished"... "Because we worked hard and we obviously have experience on other forms of modality other than football, we knew the challenge was greater, and I think, in general and especially now with extra challenges to find other spaces to solve the problem of the fields with so much rain and so hard to find a solution and we managed to solve that, we made up the matches and that says a bit of what has been our ability to solve issues and find along the way these solutions, "he concluded.
Almost ten days after it began, the European Football 7 Championship dedicated to athletes with cerebral palsy and other neurological injuries.