Vienna, Austria – November 2014
From October 29th to November 2nd the Austrian Disability Sports Federation hosted their first international competition in the nation’s capital city. Vienna was the center stage for its 1rst Powerchair Football Cup, a development tournament for countries that have little or none international experience. Teams from Finland, Germany as well as two Austrian sides competed in a double round robin tournament, with final placement matches on the last day.
The young finish team marched undefeated through the group stage, suffering only one goal in the opening match draw against the home side A-Team. The Austrian A-Team finished the first round in second place followed by their Future Team and by Germany.
The Bronze Medal Match was between Austria’s Future Team and Germany that had two close games on the first days of competition. But this time the hosts made it very clear who would be in charge of this game and swiped Germany in a 6 to 1 victory.
In the final Austria’s A-Team was looking to upset the highly-favored Team Finland, which had beaten them on the day before. Austria got off with two goals in the first 10 minutes of the match. Finland still came back with one goal at the beginning of the second but the hosts managed to hold on to the advantage until the final whistle.
Great games were played, all teams managed to gather rich experiences both on and off the court. All in all, the event marked the successful kick off for the Austrian National side in international competition and showed that Finland will be the ones to watch in the nearby future.
Thank you to all players, coaches, assistants and staff involved in the event and special thanks to EPFA Head Referee Martin Bevan and England’s Steve Crump that worked with our referee trainees, coached, assisted, helped and in so many ways contributed significantly to delivering a successful tournament.
For more information on the tournament visit: www.erollifussball.at
Report by Matias Costa