Spain defeat Portugal 6-3 and win the 53rd Senior Male European Champion

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Spain is the new European Champions. Tonight in A Coruña, in front of more than 3,000 people, the home team obtained its 17th victory in the European Championship, the first after six years of absence from the top of the podium.
Spain won clearly against Portugal in which can be defined as the “clasico” of the European Rink Hockey. The Final ended 6-3 for Spain. The bronze medal went to Italy that won the Final for the 3rd place 5-2 against France.

THE FINAL
Spain and Portugal played an amazing game and the two goalies, Fernandez for Spain and Girao for Portugal, had a lot of work to do during all the Final.
Portugal began attacking in an incredibly tough way; the rapidity of the Portugues player created many problems to Spanish defenders; in the first minutes of the game, Fernandez saved many times its goal cage. Portugal scored first with Alves, but soon Spain found a way to took control of the match. Adroher sudden tied and, after 10 minutes of the game, Spain went ahead thanks to one of its youngest player, Ferran Font. A violent shot of Lamas fixed the result to 3-1 before halftime.
In the 2nd half, Spain completed the job with two points in a couple of minutes and, once again, with two young players: Ignazio Alabart and Nil Roca. The last opportunity for Portugal passed at the 12th minute when a blue card to Bargallo and then the 10th foul of Spain gave Portugal two direct hits: Alves score the first, but Rodrigues failed the second. A few minutes later, Font scored the 6-2, closing the game. The last goal for Portugal was by Joao Rodrigues, best scorer of the Championship, while the Riazor was already celebrating the new European Champions.

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MALE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – FINAL STANDING
POSITION MEDAL TEAM WRG POSITION
1st Gold
EUROPEAN CHAMPION
Spain World Championship
2nd Silver Portugal Wolrd Championship
3rd Bronze Italy Wolrd Championship
4th   France Wolrd Championship
5th   Switzerland Confederations Cup
6th   Andorra Confederations Cup
7th   Germany Confederations Cup
8th   England Confederations Cup
9th   Austria International Cup
10th   Netherlands International Cup
11th   Belgium International Cup

 

MALE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – FINALS – SUNDAY, JULY 22nd
GR MATCH RESULT LINKS
9th/11th Netherlands – Austria 4-5     
Final
7th/8th
England – Germany 6-12     
Final
5th/6th
Andorra – Switzerland 3-5     
Final
3rd/4th
France – Italy 2-5     
Final
1st/2nd
Spain – Portugal 6-3     

 

GROUP 9th TO 11th PLACE – STANDING
TEAM PTS P W D L SCO SUF DIF
Austria 4 2 1 1 0 9 8 +1
Netherlands 3 2 1 0 1 19 8 +11
Belgium 0 2 0 1 1 7 19 -12

 

MALE SENIOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – LIST OF CHAMPIONS
# YEAR VENUE GOLD SILVER BRONZE 4th
53 2018 A Coruña (Spa) Spain Portugal Italy France
52 2016 Oliveira de Azemeis (Por) Portugal Italy Spain Switzerland
51 2014 Alcobendas (Spa) Italy Spain Portugal Germany
50 2012 Paredes (Por) Spain Portugal Italy France
49 2010 Wuppertal (Ger) Spain Portugal France Germany
48 2008 Oviedo (Spa) Spain Portugal Italy France
47 2006 Monza (Ita) Spain Switzerland Portugal Italy
46 2004 La Roche Sur Yon (Fra) Spain Italy Portugal Switzerland
45 2002 Firenze (Ita) Spain Portugal Italy France
44 2000 Wimmis (Swi) Spain Portugal Italy France
43 1998 Paço de Ferreira (Por) Portugal Spain Italy Switzerland
42 1996 Salsomaggiore (Ita) Portugal Italy Spain Switzerland
41 1994 Madeira (Por) Portugal Spain Italy Switzerland
40 1992 Wuppertal (Ger) Portugal Spain Italy Germany
39 1990 Lodi (I) Italy Spain Portugal Netherlands
38 1987 Oviedo (Spa) Portugal Spain Italy Germany
37 1985 Barcelos (Por) Spain Italy Portugal Netherlands
36 1983 Vercelli (Ita) Spain Portugal Italy Netherlands
35 1981 Essen (Ger) Spain Portugal Netherlands Italy
34 1979 Barcelona (Spa) Spain Portugal Italy Netherlands
33 1977 Porto (Por) Portugal Spain Italy Germany
32 1975 Viareggio (Ita) Portugal Spain Italy Germany
31 1973 Iserlohn (Ger) Portugal Spain Germany Italy
30 1971 Lisbon (Por) Portugal Spain Italy Germany
29 1969 Lausanne (Swi) Spain Portugal Netherlands France
28 1967 Bilbao (Spa) Portugal Spain Netherlands Italy
27 1965 Lisbon (Por) Portugal Spain Italy Netherlands
26 1963 Porto (Por) Portugal Spain Netherlands Switzerland
25 1961 Torino (Ita) Portugal Spain Italy Netherlands
24 1959 Généve (Swi) Portugal Spain Italy England
23 1957 Barcelona (Spa) Spain Italy Portugal Switzerland
22 1956 Porto (Por) Portugal Spain Italy Germany
21 1955 Milano (Ita) Spain Italy Portugal Switzerland
20 1954 Barcelona (Spa) Spain Portugal Italy Belgium
19 1953 Généve (Swi) Italy Portugal Spain Switzerland
18 1952 Porto (Por) Portugal Italy Spain Belgium
17 1951 Barcelona (Spa) Spain Portugal Italy Belgium
16 1950 Milano (Ita) Portugal Italy Switzerland Spain
15 1949 Lisbon (Por) Portugal Spain Italy Belgium
14 1948 Montreux (Swi) Portugal England Italy Spain
13 1947 Lisbon (Por) Portugal Belgium Spain Italy
12 1939 Montreux (Swi) England Italy Portugal Belgium
11 1938 Antwepern (Bel) England Italy Belgium Portugal
10 1937 Herne Bay (Eng) England Switzerland Portugal Italy
9 1936 Stuttgart (Ger) England Italy Portugal Switzerland
8 1934 Herne Bay (Eng) England Germany Switzerland Italy
7 1932 Herne Bay (Eng) England Germany France Portugal
6 1931 Montreux (Swi) England France Switzerland