UEFA President Slovenia Aleksander Ceferin identified the City of Football, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this Wednesday, as a catalyst for Portuguese success, in an article published in the magazine of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF).
“Portuguese football, on and off the pitch, is synonymous with passion and quality – and Cidade do Futebol has been an undeniable catalyst for the past five unforgettable years. I wish the FPF, its president Fernando Gomes, and the Portuguese football community a continued success and the achievement of its goals in the years to come “, wrote Ceferin, at 360.
This Wednesday, March 31, the 107th anniversary of the FPF and the fifth of the infrastructure located in Oeiras will be fulfilled, with the Slovenian extolling the qualities of the “country of beauty”, with “delicious food and excellent wines, beaches magnificent, historic and charming towns and cities “, and the population, but above all in football.
“Portugal is also a country of football. Over the years, lovers of this sport have been enthusiastic about the discovery of excellent teams and talented players who have left an indelible mark on the world and European football landscape. Football is ‘king’ in Portugal – and in recent years, UEFA played an important role in the golden period of Portuguese success “, he claimed.
In the article, Ceferin recalled that the construction of the City of Football, which also houses the federative headquarters, was supported by UEFA, through the HatTrick program, stressing that this space “is the hallmark of the period of success in the already rich history of country football “.
“And since 2016, the results speak for themselves,” said the UEFA president, recalling the achievements of the 2016 European Championship in France, the 2019 League of Nations in Portugal and the European under-17 titles, in 2016, and under-19, in 2018, as well as the unprecedented qualification for the women’s European in 2017.
The Slovenian official also said that he visited the City of Football during the 2019/20 Champions League ‘eight final’, played in Lisbon, in the face of the covid-19 pandemic, highlighting the praise that the infrastructure deserved, which, in addition to headquarters and training space, it also houses the Casa dos Atletas, the studios on Canal 11, the Portugal Football School and the Portugal Football Observatory.
“In addition, the FPF has revealed its social function during the country’s covid-19 crisis, helping the Portuguese health authorities by making Casa dos Atletas available as a back-up hospital for patients, and also making available employees to work as volunteers “, concluded.
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