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Visit to Estombar 25th November 2017

In Albufeira,soccer,Sports - football, soccer on November 26, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

A short trip by train to the town of Estombar to watch an Algarve League football match between Carvoeiro United and Albufeira’s team Imortal. A nice afternoon out, particularly as Imortal won the game 4-0. Also, now that I am past the magic age, I can go half price on the trains. The 34 minute trip cost me just €1,50 each way!

Match report and some pictures of the game for any sports fans at – scroll down the page please.

Meanwhile, some trip pictures, just for a bit of practice with my new camera really. It has a million functions, most of which I have no idea of!


Albufeira – Ferreiras Railway Station



Estombar – Lagoa Railway Station


The small town of Estombar with its distinctive water tower

Something we don’t want to see around here but it was obviously a controlled fire! This is just by the large Slide ‘n’ Splash amusement park, which is now closed for the winter.


A part of the town near the school has strange little metal statues. These are just two.


Estombar statues

Some goalmouth action from the game. The Imortal goalkeeper, in blue, was rarely troubled and what he had to do, he did competently. Defenders are in red shirts.

They have conceded only two goals in their last six games, but all but one of those were against teams below them in the table.


Imortal’s fourth, scored with his head by number 22, captain Pedro Rodrigues.



Trip to Lagos Thursday 5th October 2017

In Algarve,Portugal,soccer on October 8, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

My trip to Lagos last Thursday (5th October, Republic Day holiday here) would have been better if :

(a) I had remembered to put a memory card in my new camera. It won’t take pictures without one not like the other one could;
(b) it hadn’t been quite so hot!
(c) we hadn’t lost 4-1!

Still I popped off a few of pictures of Lagos using my phone, just to give a small flavour of October in the sunshine. The weather here is still as in high summer, daytime temperatures are around 6º higher than the average for this time of year, even hitting 30ºC once or twice. As I write today from Albufeira at 1030am local it is 24ºC.

A couple of samples below, about 10 others at


Lagos Marina



The riverside ‘Esplanade’ in Lagos.


Australia 2 China 1

In Algarve,Portugal,soccer,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on March 7, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Yesterday in Albufeira, Australia 2 China 1. Australia are going up in the world of women’s football, now being 6th, one place below England. Below, the net bulges as Polkinghorne  (4) scores Australia’s late winner in what had been a pretty poor game. Australias late winner

Other afternoon results : Iceland 0 Spain 0, Norway 0 Japan 2 and Sweden 0 Netherlands 1

Australia tied with the Netherlands, both on 6 points, I think they put Australia top as they beat Netherlands (Netherlands had a better goal difference, so that’s not the decider), Sweden finish third with 4 and China fourth with 1. In group B it’s ended with Spain winners on 7 points, Japan 6, Iceland Norway 1.

ALGARVE CUP Final group results Group B

Russia 1 – 6 Denmark and Portugal 0 – 0 Canada
Fixtures Final match Day Wednesday 8th March
At Albufeira stadium
1445 3rd and 4th place playoff Australia v Denmark
1830 7th and 8th place Sweden v Russia
At Parchal
1445 11th and 12th place Norway v Portugal
1830 9th and 10th place Iceland v China
At the Algarve Stadium
1445 5th and 6th place Japan v Netherlands
1830 FINAL Spain v Canada

The Australia v China was poor stuff , in comparison to the other two games I had watched.  Both teams had enough of the ball to create several goal scoring opportunities but, particularly in the case of Australia, passing was woeful and also the Aussies had an almost pathological aversion to crossing the ball towards the strikers. Why make one pass when ten will do?

China too the lead on 36 minutes through Wang Shanshan.  My goal decision technology shows the ball clearly crossed the line – it was a long shot catching the goalkeeper way off her line.

Australia equalised just on the hour, this time the ball was actually crossed and Gielnik finsihed well from a tight angle, chipping the ball over and past the goalkeeper into the opposite corner of the goal

Towards the end, the Chinese got a little tetchy. The referee had cause to speak to several players and yellow cards were brandished, one to the goalkeeper for persistent timewasting and one for a very poor challenge, with which the player clearly did not agree. The Chinese were already starting a big inquest as the final whistle blew.



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.

Match results and fixtures

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.


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


Ajax at Ferreiras, Albufeira, 7th January 2017

In Albufeira,soccer,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on January 8, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Teams from Holland, Germany etc come down to the Algarve for ‘training camps’ during their 3 week winter break. They play ‘friendly’ matches between each other and this year we had a good match up between Ajax and RB Leipzig. Ajax are currently 2nd in the Dutch League, Leipzig are 2nd in the German Bundesliga. It was a pretty good game, full on, at least three players were cautioned and the ref was generally kept busy. Ajax won 5-1, which featured a hat-trick from Younes. The crowd was estimated at 900, including fans from both teams and a good number of locals. It was a nice sunny day. The bar was kept busy as one might expect. Click the box below for some pictures.

There is a six minute video highlights clip at – if you can get it to open! The game was broadacast live on Dutch and Portuguese TV, this is their footage.

That game was preceded by a game between the Ajax ‘B’ team and Excelsior Rotterdam from the Dutch Second Division. A very hesitant show by Ajax, they were more concerned with keeping the ball than doing anything with it. Excelsior were much more powerful on and off the ball. Ajax ‘keeper was Tim Krul . Krul is still officially a Newcastle player but is  on loan to Ajax, who apparently have banished him to the reserves. His cause won’t have been helped by two horrible mistakes, including being lobbed from about 40 metres while wandering about on the edge of his penalty area.

Not a bad day for €7,50 covering both games.


Imortal 2 -2 Quarteirense

In Albufeira,soccer on December 9, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Algarve Cup match Thursday 8th December. Imortal lost 7-6 on penalties after it finished 2-2 in regulation time. Below, Quarteirense goalkeeper thwarts Imortal.


Imortal in red foiled

And at the end of the 90 minutes this is what it all boils down to!


Ball on the spot


Goalkeeper waiting


A strange little football ground

In Pictures from England,soccer,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on September 19, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

While I was UK my former home town team played an FA cup-tie at Ascot United FC. Many of you will know Ascot as the location of one of the UK’s premier horse race courses, Royal Ascot and all that. Well the foootball ground is inside the racecoourse, making it one of the more unlikely places I have ever been to watch a game!

In the background to this photo you can see the seven furlong marker of the New Mile. this is the straight track which HM Queen comes down in procession when she attends the races there. (The goalkeeper is of Ascot United, being sent the wrong way by a Tonbridge penalty.)


Ascot United FC and the Racecourse

There’s a little gate in the fence so they can retrieve footballs. They cannot play when there is a race meeting on. The previous match had to be on a Friday evening, this game was played on a Sunday afternoon after a two day meeting had concluded.

Don’t go to Ascot after a two day meeting. The pubs in the town had been drunk dry by racegoers! Luckily the football club did have some to offer, although not of the preferred real ale variety.

The crowd was 430, comfortably the biggest attendance they’ve had. The result was a 2-2 draw, with the home side almost winning in the dying moments but a penalty was superbly saved by the Tonbridge goalkeeper.

The English FA Cup still has replays. That followed on the Tuesday after, which Tonbridge won comfortably 7-0.

The most recent cup tie was a 3-0 away win at Wingate and Finchley FC and the reward a third qualifying round match at home to Hereford.  Hereford FC was formed in 2014 after the demise of the established Hereford United FC and currently plays in the semi-professional Southern League South and West Division.

I am sure a large number of travelling fans will be heading to Tonbridge for a day out on 1st October. Their last home league game was watched by a crowd of 3102! They play in the eighth tier of English Football. They have more fans than several Superliga teams here in Portugal where I live. Only a couple of other teams in that league have crowds of even near 1,000. Most are much less well supported.

A couple of other pictures from Ascot.


Pre-match ambience at the ‘picnic area’ by the clubhouse and bar.


Tonbridge, in blue, score their first – you can just see the ball inside the goal behind the defenders.