MADRID, 07 (MEDIA SERVICE) The Spanish football team for the blind starts this Friday its participation in the European Championship that take
MADRID, 07 (MEDIA SERVICE)
The Spanish football team for the blind starts this Friday its participation in the European Championship that takes place in Pescara (Italy), with the aim of revalidating the title won in 2019 and obtaining a direct ticket to play the next World Cup. This competition will award the five places for the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games.
The national team, framed in group B of the tournament, will face Poland, Romania, Germany and England in the first phase, on June 10, 11, 12 and 14, respectively. The top two teams in each group will go through to the semi-finals.
The ‘red Paralympic’ comes to the championship with many new faces compared to recent international competitions. The first of them is on the bench, with the newly appointed Julián Martín Mejía as coach and coach, who acknowledges being “very excited about this stage at the helm of the national team.”
Martín will take to Italian lands two of the regulars in the last matches of the national team, Pablo Cantero and Iván López. In addition, he has added Moisés González to the list; Julio Manuel Sanchez; Javier Alvaro; Andres Garcia; Robert Echevarria and Juan Jose Pancho. They will be accompanied in goal by Ceferino Sánchez and Daniel Barrenechea.
The Spanish team has been preparing this European for a few weeks with various concentrations and the dispute of some friendly matches. Before traveling to Italian lands, they received a visit from the national futsal coach, Fede Vidal.
SILENCE, IT IS PLAYED!
Blind and low vision people compete in two different categories, and there are big differences between the two. Players with low vision (B2/B3) hardly need adaptations to be able to compete.
Football for the blind has required more adaptations but is now well developed and regulated, making it a safe and viable sport for blind people.
Among its peculiarities, the use of the sound ball stands out; the installation of side fences that prevent out-of-bounds, unless the ball goes over them, and are also an element of orientation and safety for the player; the requirement of a sighted goalkeeper with maneuverability limited to a small area within the penalty area; the placement of a guide behind the goal who guides the players, and the obligation for the players to say, clearly and audibly, the word “I am going”, to avoid blows and guide the rival player.
Given its specific needs, this modality is played on an uncovered artificial turf pitch, to make it easier to hear the ball. That is why the silence of the public is necessary while the ball is in play and until a goal is scored or there are time-outs.