The team of players with achondroplasia fell into the final of the first European Cup of Discipline against the invited Argentina, the strongest team in the world.
Spain outperformed the rest of its continental rivals in a groundbreaking competition they organized: “We are people who know how to play football and put on a show”
The short-sized Spanish team was announced in second place European Cup held in Mazarron (Murcia). A self-managed tournament, held thanks to the initiative of a group of players with achondroplasia, a bone development disorder that affects one in 25,000 births worldwide, and one in 15,000 in Spain.
The national team fell 2-11 against the Argentine team, invited to this tournament, the current American champion, and the strongest team in the field. But the short size selection is the strongest in Europe. The final attracted thousands of spectators and was broadcast on the Morcian Football Federation channel. Despite the competitiveness of the duel members of both groups Show fair play after the duel, lifting each other up and embracing.
In the group stage, the national team recovered from a poor first appearance against Argentina, with a victory over Germany. In the semi-finals, they beat the UK (4-10) in a wing scored a good start and carried him to the wings. The British won in the battle for the third and fourth places, thereby achieving bronze in the championship.
“We were all one”
“The important thing is not the winner. What is crucial is the vision we have given the world about what the Qusair can do through sport. “We have all been one, fighting for a goal which is to change the way people view our group,” said Susanna Semper, President of the Cresser League and European Commissioner for Short Size FIFA.
“The powerful message we have conveyed is to unite Europe with America, Africa and Asia to bring out the power of short standing among all. We are people who know how to play football and make a show through sportsSemper concluded with a massive award ceremony in which members of all the teams participating in the first European Cup participated.
This is how we lived our pass to the final!
This is for the first time & mldr. Spain entered the final after beating the United Kingdom 4-10
see you tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/NO4Ic1jOCQ
– Spanish Short Team (@ESPTB1) October 22 2022
Football is short, he said Spain newspaper David Velasco, member of the national team, “plays on the futsal court, with seven players per team. There are two referees and times are 20 minutes each. The maximum height of players must be 1.49 meters and only players over 1.42 meters are allowed on the field At the same time “.
Spain’s performance was measured in the final against Argentina, the current American champions, and the strongest team that exists in the field. The Latin American country participated in the European Championship after receiving an invitation. The situation is similar to what Spain experienced in the Arab Cup, where the team reached the semi-finals. It is a way to build an ecosystem for teams to develop a global competitive landscape.
The world is on the horizon
Copa América was an organizational success, so much so that it was broadcast by Movistar+. Besides the Albiceleste team, Germany, the United Kingdom and France participated in this competition, after the Egyptian team, another guest, withdrew at the last minute due to bureaucratic problems.
The next target for the Spanish short-form team, born to fight the exclusion suffered by people against achondroplasia, It is the creation of a league at the Spanish level and the promotion of women’s football. “On the field we feel free. You only need to see the face of our focus and happiness when we play a friendly match. It is the conquest of space to practice the sport that we have always wanted ” rule in a day of sheer joy and celebration.”
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