The Portuguese team of priests today secured the passage to the semi-finals of the European futsal, which takes place in the Czech Republic, and will face Bosnia on Thursday looking to revalidate the title, which it has won five times.
After winning the group stage, Portugal beat Kosovo 5-0 in the quarter-finals and secured a place in the semi-finals in the competition, which is taking place in the Czech Republic between 17 and 20 February.
On Thursday, the last day of the competition in which the semi-finals and finals take place, the Portuguese priests will fight against Bosnia, reissuing the final of the 2019 edition, won by Portugal.
The Portuguese won the group in which they were inserted with victories over Kazakhstan (6-0), Italy (4-0) and Czech Republic (1-0) and also a draw against Hungary (1-1).
Father André Meireles, who had nine goals, scored in all games, and made two hat-tricks.
The good moment of the parish priest of the diocese of Vila Real, known among his peers as ‘Meira’, makes Portugal dream of another title, despite the expected difficulties.
The national team brings together 15 players, priests in different dioceses in the country, such as Braga, Vila Real, Viana do Castelo, Porto and Lamego.
The main novelty for the 2020 edition of the European that brings together 19 teams is the support of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), with the offer of equipment that lead Portuguese priests to carry the corner symbol to their chest.
In the other semi-final, the Slovenian national team will play against Poland to qualify the other finalist team.