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Spain secure ‘La Séptima’

José Venancio López's side were proclaimed champions of Europe after cruising through Saturday’s final against Russia in Belgrade.

European champions, Spain

Spain’s national Futsal team were proclaimed champions of Europe for a record seventh time after defeating Russia 7-3 at the Belgrade Arena. And who would have told the likes of Paulo Roberto, Vicentín, and the great pioneer of this sport in Spain, Javier Lozano that 20 years on from the country’s first European crown, won on home soil in Córdoba, that there would be seven continental trophies gracing the Federation’s trophy room. Seven European triumphs and each one with its own merit, challenges and heroes – tonight in Belgrade was no exception.

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The 14 players who have followed to the last word of all of the ideas put to them by José Venancio López, have entered the history books in one of the most coveted sports in this country. His team dominated the game right from the off. Miguelín gave a glimpse of what was to follow - an acrobatic scissor-kick which bounced up and off the upright. The opener came directly out of Venancio’s blackboard scribbles; and it all seemed so simple, so effortless – set-piece played straight to Alex to volley into the top corner. Pola doubled the lead after a breakaway move – nutmegging Russia keeper Gustavo before celebrating with a back somersault. Rivillos volleyed in number three before Pola put Spain four goals up. Romulo rifled in an angled shot to reduce the distance five seconds before half-time.

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Not that the intensity of Spain’s game changed after the interval. Russia pressed to get back into contention but in the process, left themselves vulnerable at the back – particularly when Gustavo left his area. Miguelín made it 5-1 after a rapid counter then added another from his own half, with Russia’s keeper stranded in attack. Rivillos pulled out an almost carbon copy but from just inside the Spain half. It was a fitting way to crown a comprehensive team display and resounding victory for a nation who have dominated this sport over the past two decades.


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