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Netherlands 1 China 0

In Albufeira,soccer on March 2, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Netherlands were good value for their win against China on the opening day of the Algarve Women’s Cup 2017. It was a sunny but windy day, temperature 17ºC. An early goal by Jansen, which the China goalkeeper probably should have stopped, was almost equalised soon afterwards after a terrible fumble by the Dutch ‘keeper but, luckily for her, the ball bounced just on the goal line before she grabbed it again.

Netherlands controlled the game well, especially for the first 35 minutes or so of the second half. Then the Chinese woke up and started to really press, but the defence held firm.

The game was watched by a decent crowd of about 500, including many Chinese.

Match details – the venue is incorrect the game was played in Albufeira.

http://us.women.soccerway.com/matches/2017/03/01/world/algarve-cup/netherlands/china-pr/2397452/

Match results and fixtures http://www.zerozero.pt/edition.php?id=103526

A few pictures I took. I will take the other, better, camera to the Japan v Iceland game tomorrow.

The group of Chinese fans

The group of Chinese fans

The tall Chinese goalkeeper pushes a corner over the crossbar

The tall Chinese goalkeeper pushes a corner over the crossbar

A Dutch player gets the ball smack in the face.

A Dutch player gets the ball smack in the face.

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In the closing moments, the Dutch goalkeeper comes out well to hold the ball before the onrushing Chinese attackers can reach it.

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What were you doing on Wednesday afternoon?

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal on February 23, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

This is where I was. 21ºC, sun beaming down from a cloudless sky. A lawn bowls match at Alvor, Portugal. It wasn’t as nice today (Thursday), stayed foggy and damp!

Alvor bowls club

Alvor bowls club

Alvor Bowls club

Alvor Bowls club

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Volta ao Algarve (Tour of the Algarve) cycle race

In Albufeira,Algarve on February 17, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

This annual 5 day event started in Albufeira on Wednesday and continues until Sunday. It’s not on the scale of the Tour De France, but attracts several of the top teams and this year 194 riders. The official website is at http://voltaaoalgarve.com/en/home-2/

Here are a few pictures  I grabbed a few minutes after the start as the riders headed out of Albufeira northwards. Click to see larger size.

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England U-17 1 Netherlands U-17 0

In Albufeira,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on February 14, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

The final game of England’s U-17 short tournament down here in the Algarve. They had lost to Portugal and beaten Germany before this game.

The scene was rather a contrast to the paddy fields of Saturday! A crowd of about 250 watched an interesting but not spectacular game, which ended in a 1-0 win for England. The only goal was a short-range header by Stephen Walker of Middlesbrough FC after 31 minutes. England had by far the better of the game  until the final few minutes, when a Dutch rally almost created an equaliser.

Here is the team sheet. Keep it for 4 or 5 years and see then how many are playing in the Premier League. Bet you no more than one or two!

Team sheet England U-17 v Netherlands U-17 140217 Albufeira Portugal

Team sheet England U-17 v Netherlands U-17 140217 Albufeira Portugal

I took a few pictures, not very good as I only had my small camera.

Albufeira Municipal Stadium 14 February 2017. England in white, Netherlands in orange

Albufeira Municipal Stadium 14 February 2017. England in white, Netherlands in orange

England goalkeeper comes out to head clear of an attacker

England goalkeeper comes out to head clear of an attacker

The Dutch defence was under pressure for a lot of the game

The Dutch defence was under pressure for a lot of the game

A rare Dutch attack denied by good defending. The ball is going just wide of the goalpost

A rare Dutch attack denied by good defending. The ball is going just wide of the goalpost

England's Stephen Walker, arrowed, steals in that far post to head the goal from close range. The ball is high above the goal

England’s Stephen Walker, arrowed, steals in the far post to head the goal from close range. The ball is high above the goal

Just before the end, slack defence let in Netherlands for this chance but the header hit the goalpost and bounced to safety.

Just before the end, slack defence let in Netherlands for this chance but the header hit the goalpost and bounced to safety.

A few moments later, England’s goalkeeper made a fine save from a long range shot to give Englna a fairly well deserved win.

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Strange bug spotted

In Albufeira,Animals on February 14, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

I am told it is a mole cricket, that mostly lives underground. Which is why I have never seen one!

Does anyone know what this is please? Spotted this morning while I was walking down a track just back of where I live in Albufeira. I have never seen anything looking like this. I woudl say it was about 5cm (2″) long. It was moving slowly but fairly steadily, pausing to rummage around in the gravel. A few seconds later is vanished into some long grass.

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Bug 1

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Bug 2

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Very wet and windy Albufeira

In Albufeira,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer,the weather and things on February 12, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

Friday and especially Saturday were very wet and windy here. This is the local football pitch at half time on Saturday afternoon. Imortal Albufeira v Messinense, Algarve League Division One.

Stadium

Albufeira Municipal stadium half time Saturday 11th February


Yes, half time. The football authorities here care not at all concerned about the welfare of players nor that fact the people pay to watch in such conditions.

The only good thing about the afternoon was that we won 1-0. A token crowd of about 50 fans huddled in the deepest recesses of the main stand to escape the driving rain which fell almost constantly until just before the end of the game.

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It’s been wet here!

In Albufeira on February 1, 2017 by cubsur51

Since last Thursday we have had some very rainy days. Today has, so far, been an exception but rain is on the way for later. Gales and rain are forecst for the weekend.

Last Wednesday (25th January) my local bowls club hosted a touring team from near Leicester. Nice warm day, here’s the scene just before the start. We have seventeen more such visits already booked in this year.

Work continues in town laying new drainage pipes under the streets. I did have some pictures, but accidentally deleted them! I will try to get some more in a couple of days.

Some of you have have visted here may remember the shop in the little alleyway just off the square in the old town that sold linen, towels and similar. Gone! I don’t know yet what it will become, probably yet another tourist restaurant or bar. Much higher rental profit for the owner!

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