Blind football weekend round-up – the UK and Czech Republic take centre stage
Date: May 30, 2014
A big weekend is on the cards for blind football in Europe, with two events set to take place in England and the Czech Republic.
The Royal National College in Hereford, venue for the 2010 IBSA Blind Football World Championships, hosts another major international tournament in the shape of the Quad Nations Tournament this weekend.
Organised by the English Football Association, the tournament brings together Paralympic and IBSA World champions Brazil, European champions Spain, hosts England and Italy for three day’s play. Some of the teams will be using the event as a prep for the upcoming IBSA Blind Football World Championships in Japan in November of this year.
According to England Performance Director and IBSA Football Committee member Jeff Davis, “this tournament will be a real challenge for the England team against higher ranked teams in blind football. We are delighted to host this event as we continue to develop as a team and use it as preparation for the 2015 European Championships, which we hope to host at the Royal National College.”
Friday 30th May
12:00 Brazil v Spain
15:00 England v Italy
Saturday 31st May
12:00 Italy v Brazil
15:00 England v Spain
Sunday 1st June
09:00 Spain v Italy
11:00 England v Brazil
Over in the Czech Republic, the Bučovice Blind Football Cup 2014 kicks off tomorrow morning at 9am. Eight clubs from six countries – Germany, England, Hungary, Brazil, Greece and the Czech Republic – are taking part in this second edition of the tournament, hosted by Avoy MU Brno.
Here are the groups for the tournament:
Group A: MTV Stuttgart, Worcester BFC, Chemnitzer FC, LÁSS Budapest
Group B: ICB Bahia, Avoy MU Brno, FC St. Pauli, Pirsos Thessaloniki
The cup begins with an all-German affair – MTV Stuttgart taking on Chemnitzer FC – and finishes on Sunday evening, with the final scheduled to kick off at 4pm.