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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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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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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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Visit to Tonbridge 21st October 2017

In Pictures from England on October 22, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Back in the old home town to see the people, drink far too much beer and watch a football match. It was a very windy day with frequent heavy showers courtesy of Storm Brian.

Some pictures at https://1drv.ms/i/s!Am0w7qp9HCpqguwryr-6gcQDnRlUeQ

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Tonbridge Castle

The gatehouse is the substantial remains of the 11th Century castle that protected the important bridge that crosses the River Medway.

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Trip to Messines Saturday 14th October

In Algarve,Portugal on October 16, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , , ,

Trip to Messines Saturday 14th October

Off to Messines to see my local football team, Imortal Albufeira, play in a local League match. It’s an easy trip for me as I can take a bus 50 metres / yards from my apartment all the way there.

São Bartolomeu de Messines, to give it its full name, is a town of about 8,000 people 23km (14.5 miles) north of Albufeira. It’s decidedly not touristy! It is among wooded hills on the edge of the ‘populated’ area of the Algarve. There is not a lot further north.

The hills from the railway.

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The town itself has a very old part near the church, which dates from 1716 and thus survived the earthquake of 1755.

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See the cracks in the marble though!

This is a well kept building by the church.

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And there is this little place to sit.

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Narrow streets, with a lot of empty and derelict buildings as is so common in many small towns.

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The more modern parts are fairly well kept however. The town has a little railway station, four trains go every day to Lisbon, three come back. The old station building and platform are no longer used, there are no station staff. The building is now used to house communications equipment.

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The modern station is not much used and weeds are not being being cleared.

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The neat football ground is fairly new, having replaced an older more basic facility elsewhere in town. it has a synthetic grass surface with a bewildering array of markings for 11-a side and small side pitches for the boys (girls football? Not here!) to play their games on. Before the start, a few players warming up.

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The scene at the bar at half time.

The match itself was horrible, we lost 1-0 despite them having had a player sent off after 25 minutes. Always lose to them it seems.

High above the town, modern windmills swish around, generating electricity.

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If you have half a day to spare, the trip out by car or bus (even train!) is fairly pleasant. There is a small indoor market every morning except Sundays and religious holidays. The ‘main street’ has a few places in which to eat and drink should you so wish. There are two small supermarkets in the centre should you prefer to take a picnic into the wilds.

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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