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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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Imortal in red foiled

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

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Goalkeeper waiting

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Visit to Faro, 5th October 2016

In Algarve,Portugal,Sports - football, soccer,Trains on October 10, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , , ,

Last Wednesday, 5th October, was a public holiday here in Portugal – Republic Day. Republic Day commemorates the proclamation of the first Republic in 1910, following the removal of the last king, Dom Manuel II as a result of the coup d´etat and Republican revolution. He is sometimes referred to as ‘Manuel the Unfortunate’.

He spent the remainder of his life in exile in Twickenham, near London. He was buried in Lisbon.

Anyway, history lesson over! I was off to Faro to watch the Culatrense vs Imortal (Albufeira) match, Algarve League Division One.

The pictures in the album below include an unexpected couple of shots of the train of empty aviation fuel containers that runs from Loulé back to the refineries at Sines. I didn’t expect to see it, being a public holiday. The loaded trains come down to Loulé as required. The fuel containers are taken by truck to Faro airport. Empties come back the same way.

There are a few shots of Faro marina and the city streets plus some of the game, which finished 0-0 and was pretty poor. It was a hot day, 28C in the afternoon.

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Arco da Vila

The Arco da Vila, an entrance to the oldest part of the city of Faro.