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Trip to Loulé and São Bras de Alportel

In Algarve,Portugal,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on February 19, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

First, the best stall in Loulé market. The proper indoor one, not the trashy tourist one.

More of Loulé and São Bras later when i have sorted pictures. Meanwhile, here’s my Saturday afternoon – http://albufeira.com/forum/topic6292_post104547.html#104547

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Algarve Women’s Football Cup 2018

In Albufeira,soccer,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on January 26, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged:

The annual tournament featuring some of the World’s top teams gets under way on 28th February.

ALGARVE WOMEN’S CUP 2018 FIXTURES

Admission to all games is free. Watch out for late changes to match times.

Wednesday 28th February

At Lagos Stadium

Portugal v China 1500hrs
Denmark v Iceland 1830hrs

At BelaVista Stadium, Parchal

Japan v Netherlands 1540hrs
Canada v Sweden 1900hrs

At Albufeira stadium

South Korea v Russia 1500hrs
Australia v Norway 1830hrs

Friday 2nd March

At the Algarve Stadium

Portugal v Australia 1500hrs
Russia v Canada 1900hrs

At Bela Vista Stadium, Parchal

Japan v Iceland 1525hrs
Sweden v South Korea 1900hrs

At Vila Real de Santo António

China v Norway 1500hrs
Denmark v Netherlands 1830hrs

Monday 5th March

At the Algarve Stadium

Japan v Denmark 1540hrs
Portugal v Norway 1900hrs

At Lagos Stadium

Sweden v Russia 1500hrs

At Albufeira Stadium

South Korea v Canada 1500hrs
Australia v China 1900hrs

At Bela Vista Stadium, Parchal

Iceland v Netherlands 1540hrs

Wednesday 7th March

Placement matches venues and times tbc, the Final will be at the Algarve Stadium ko 1830hrs.

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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 http://albufeira.com/forum/imortal-football-club-albufeira_topic6292_page35.html – 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!

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Albufeira – Ferreiras Railway Station

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Estombar – Lagoa Railway Station

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Albufeira Walking Football Tournament 2017

In Albufeira,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on March 21, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

The second annual Albufeira Walking Football tournament took place on Monday 20th March at the Campo Palmeiras, adjacent to the Albufeira Municipal stadium. I was one of the referees.

Twelve teams took part in the all day event, across three pitches. Teams included several from the UK, some from the Algarve region (mostly ex-pats) and there was a team from the ‘Silver Coast’area of Portugal up near Peniche.

A good day was had by all. The event was won by a local team, SOS, based in Olhão, who beat Wigan Walkers in the final, which went to a penalty shootout after a 0-0 draw.

For those that don’t know, walking football has really taken off within the past couple of years. Superficially, it resembles five a side or seven a side football but there are two very important criteria – (1) you have to be 50 years or over and (2) it is WALKING and not running. For a referee it is very hard to spot running, especially if it is behind you. Sneaky ones, some of them. It is moving quickly towards being a completely non-contact sport, which will make it more appealing to some, less appealing to others.

If you are thinking about coming here, the weather means that most games can be played outdoors on synthetic grass pitches. This website will give you information about walking football around the Algarve. https://www.walkingfootballalgarve.com/

The British equivalent website is http://www.walkingfootballunited.co.uk/

A folder of the pictures I took on the day when not officiating can be seen at https://1drv.ms/f/s!Am0w7qp9HCpqgr06-OyoZ673q3F66Q

PS All links will open in a new window.

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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.
 

 
 


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Japan 2 Iceland 0 Algarve Women’s Cup 2017

In Albufeira,Portugal,Sports - bike race,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on March 4, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

It was a wet and windy day at Parchal for this game. A strong and gusting wind plus short, sharp and fairly icy showers made things a little difficult for both teams.

A small crowd braved the elements.

Japan started off at a furious pace, which they maintained for most of the match. They were rewarded with two goals in the first 15 minutes, which turned out to be the only scores.

Both goals were scored by Yui Hasegawa. The first was with a long range shot from all of 30 metres that Iceland’s ‘keeper, who was way off her line, misjudged. It sailed over her head into the net. Watch the goal – http://www.womenssoccerunited.com/day-2-algarve-cup-2017/ scroll down to 16:06

The second came after a good sprawling save by the same ‘keeper, the ball spilled loose, defenders were slow to react, the ball came into Hasegawa for an easy tap-in.

Japan were zipping nimbly around, playing a short passing game that had the Icelandic defenders chasing shadows half the time. A couple of them looked very slow indeed. At the other end, Iceland’s strikers managed not one shot on goal during the first half.

It was more of the same in the second half. Despite Iceland playing five up front at times, they managed to force only a couple of half chances. Japan were content to soak up the pressure and did have one really good opportunity to increase their lead, but the Iceland goalie was up to the task and saved well.

The game drifted towards its end among the usual mass of subsitutions and a lot of bad language from the (male) Iceland coach. The rain was hammering down at the final whistle and continued to do so while I walked back to Ferragudo station.

Some pictures below. I couldn’t get the big camera to work. I think it may be on the way to camera heaven.

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Sara Björk Gunnarsdottir received her 100th cap for Iceland today

It was from this save that Hasegawa (number 17) scored her second. Sorry for picture quality! Observe lack of white shirted defenders.

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Hasegawa second

Almost a third for Japan

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A rare bit of sunshine during the game!

A rare attacking threat from Iceland, blotted out by massed defence.

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Japan defend en masse

 

Don’t see this at football grounds these days! He was German, from Potsdam.

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Fan with wooden rattle

The stadium dog befriended the man with the rattle and his mate. A cry of ‘hilfe’ was heard as the dog obviously thought his luck was in.

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Stadium dog

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Nasty wet weather in the Algarve today

In Albufeira,Algarve,Portugal,Sports - football, soccer on March 3, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Rained hard all morning, stopped for a short while around lunchtime but here’s the view during mid afternoon from the football stadium at Parchal, just across the river from Portimão.

There were several heavy showers including, of course, a particularly heavy one as I was walking back to the railway station after the game. The rain was actually very cold, the kind that comes from very tall clouds. Hailstones were reported near Albufeira.

The game was Japan v Iceland in the Algarve Women’s Cup. Words and pictures about that tomorrow. Japan won easily, by 2-0.

Dark clouds over the Algarve

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