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Walking Football Tournament

In Albufeira,Sports - football on April 3, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

This is what I have been doing with myself this past two days.

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Quick visit to Faro 29th January

In Algarve,Portugal,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on January 30, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

Took the short trip to Faro yesterday to watch football. In the Second Division here midweek matches are normally played during the afternoon rather than at night as clubs cannot compete with the TV audience for higher level games.

It was a cloudy day and not good for pictures but here’s a few.

Faro’s small marina with the Hotel EVA in the background. This is practically in the city centre. Before the railway was built across an inlet, there was actually a beach here. Faro bus station is behind that hotel and the railway station a short distance further.

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Trains at Faro station under very cloudy skies.

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The very urban setting of the São Luis stadium in Faro, home of SC Farense. This was taken just before kickoff. A total of 1626 fans were at the game, about their average attendance. Obviously work and education are not important on a Tuesday afternoon!

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The almost vertical terrace steps used to get where I was sitting have no handrails or safety measures of any type. UK stadium safety officers would have heart failure if they saw this. I was in row O, there were several more higher up.

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Visit to Vila Real de Santo António 16th January

In Algarve,Portugal,Sports - football,Trains on January 17, 2019 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

A nice sunny day and a trip to Vila Real de António to watch the England Women’s U-19 football team take on Norway. After a drab first half, there was some much better play in the second but England ultimately lost 3-2.

My train ride was somewhat marred by the fact the extensive vandalism had resulted in every single window of the train having been painted over. The authorities are either powerless or have just plain given up in the face of teenage vandals.

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Some more pictures taken the same day.


A distant view of the castle at Castro Marim.


And the other one across the valley.


The view across the river Guadiana to Ayamonte in Spain, with the little ferry making its way across.


Some fishing boats were in dock having some kind of maintenance. The one with the yellow funnel was French and did not seem particularly seaworthy!


The overgrown remains of the long abandoned Vila Real de Santo António – Guadiana station. The line was cut back when the docks closed and a new road built over the tracks. The only station in town is about 1 km away.

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Train at that station in April 1998, picture courtesy of Steve Widdowson.

Station interior showing customs desk.


The nearby area and much of the former dockside is now a huge mobile home park.


The town bus station.


The one time Guadiana hotel has re-opened as the Grand House Hotel. You will need a lot of money to stay there. Rooms start at €176! Opposite the marina area.


This large edifice nearby is for sale.
Above  – the marina of Vila Real de Santo António

Below – The sad state of the trains at the car shed in town.


Below – the famous lighthouse looming over the stadium roof.


The teams line up, the reason for the trip. This was a practice match watched by maybe 100 people. Norway in red.

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Rainy days here in Albufeira

In Albufeira,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on February 27, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

After two or three weeks of fairly good weather, it’s back to February here with grey skies, heavy rain showers and strong winds. Another week or so of this weather is likely.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 28th, sees the start of the annual Women’s International Football (soccer to US readers) Tournament held here in the Algarve. The ladies might not appreciate the rain, wind and mud but we shall have the opportunity to see some of the world’s best women’s teams including Canada, China, Japan and Sweden. And it’s all free.

First game for me is here in Albufeira tomorrow afternoon, when South Korea take on Russia. I shall try to get s few pictures.

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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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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

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