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IBSA Blind Football European Championships Division 2 set to kick off in Romania

  • Date: 26-03-2019
  • Related to: Football
Romania celebrates winning the tournament in Bacau in 2017.Teams have gathered at the Romanian Football Federation training centre in Buftea, on the outskirts of Bucharest, for the IBSA Blind Football European Championships Division 2 and a chance to shine at the Europeans Division 1 in Rome in September.

Four teams are in the running for the title of Division 2 Champions, with the top two teams qualifying for Rome 2019. Hosts Romania, Belarus, Georgia and Greece will be looking to secure a slot in Italy when plays begins tomorrow morning.

Georgia is the top-ranked team, sitting at number 20 in the current table, while Romania is 23rd and Greece is 32nd.

Matches will take place on the purpose-built blind football pitch at the RFF national training centre, and teams took advantage of training today to acclimatise themselves to the surface.

Caption: Greece training in Buftea.

Romania will be hoping for a repeat of the results from the first edition of the European Championships Division 2 in Bacau two years ago when they defeated Georgia 1-0 in the final. Greece will hope to improve on its third-place finish in Bacau and return to the top division, and Belarus will be looking to spring a surprise on its debut in the tournament.

Match schedule

Wednesday 27th March
10:45 Romania vs Belarus
15:30 Georgia vs Greece

Thursday 28th March
10:00 Romania vs Georgia
15:30 Greece vs Belarus

Friday 29th March
Rest day

Saturday 30th March
10:00 Georgia vs Belarus
15:30 Romania vs Greece

Prior to the tournament, referees from Romania, France, Czech Republic, Poland and England participated in a referees training course held as part of the UEFA-funded IBSA Blind Football Development Project Europe.

Caption: referee education course at Buftea today.

The IBSA Blind Football European Championships Division 2 are hosted by the Romanian Paralympic Committee in partnership with the Romanian Association of the Blind and the Romanian Football Federation.

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