- Website: www.portugueseballhockey.com/
- Head Coach: Manny Correia
- Contact: Daniel MeDeiros, Main Contact
Portuguese Ball Hockey Association (PBHA) Associacao Portuguesa de Hoquei de Bola
Portugal Ball Hockey Profile:
The 2013 tournament in St. John's will be Portugal's 5th World Championships appearance. Portugal has reached the Quarter Finals in each of the 4 previous events and expect once again to contend for a medal. Their best finish was in 2005 in Pittsburgh, making the Semi-Final.
An interesting fact is that Portugal are the only team since 2007 to defeat the World Champions Czech Republic.
The Portuguese play Ball Hockey the same way they play football - with skill, speed, and finesse. They are very entertaining to watch and the team looks forward to the support of the Portuguese community in St. John's.
Portugal about their preparation for ISBHF World Championships in St. John´s:
Daniel Medeiros – Executive Board Member and Player of Portugal, did the following interview about teams preparation for upcoming ISBHF World Championships on June 2-9, 2013 in St. John´s, Newfoundland.
- 1. At what stage of preparation is your team with regards to next year’s the world championships in St. John’s?
We are currently selecting players for the 2013 World Championships. There are many young players who would like to play on Team Portugal for the first time. Our Manager and Coaching staff will have difficult decisions to make as to who will be on the team. There is a lot of competition for spots, not only because the tournament is being held in Canada, but also due to the new heritage player rule.
- 2. How will the preparation continue in the next months?
Once the team is selected we will have a series of practices and exhibition games to prepare for the tournament. We will also focus on fundraising and promotion in the Portuguese media.
- 3. Can you already tell the names of some players of your team?
Although the final roster has not yet been confirmed, you can expect to see some familiar faces in St. John’s – Christopher Creador, Marco Goncalves, Victor Azevedo, and Antonio Monteiro. These players are as skilled as any in the world and will be the leaders of our team.
- 4. What are the expectations you have for St. John's?
If all goes well we expect to have the best roster in Team Portugal history. We have shown in the past that we can compete with the top teams in the world so it is our goal to win a medal in Newfoundland – of course Gold would be the medal we prefer.
- 5. Who will become world champion 2013, and why?
Once again the favourites would have to be the big three – Czech Republic, Canada, and Slovakia. But don’t count out teams like Portugal and Greece. They will be very strong. One thing is certain – the games will be extremely competitive and the spectators will enjoy watching the best teams in the world go for gold!
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