World Champion Aldair is star of football tournament for veterans in the Algarve

This is the fourth year the tournament has been held in the Algarve

Aldair, world football champion for Brazil in 1994 and former Benfica player, is one of the stars of the Copa Afia, a tournament for amateur footballers aged between 35 and 70, which runs until 23 October at the Estádio da Bela Vista, in Lagoa, and in the Algarve Stadium.

This amateur tournament is played by a total of 800 people.

The competition is divided into four groups: Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond, in a total of 19 teams from Brazil, Germany and Portugal and is refereed by four internationally renowned referees: Sílvio Spínola, from Brazil, Fernando Falce, from Uruguay , Nuno Almeida and Flávio Dinis Lima, both from Portugal.

The meetings started on Saturday, October 13th, and are taking place until this Wednesday, October 17th, at the Municipal Stadium of Bela Vista, in the municipality of Lagoa.

The finals will take place at the Estádio do Algarve on Thursday, the 18th. In addition to Aldair, he also competes in the Lima competition, who played for São Paulo, Roma and Lokomotiv in Moscow, having won an Italian Super Cup.

Augusto, a former Corinthians, Botafogo and Kashima Antlers player, is another participant.

This is the fourth year that this tournament has taken place in the Algarve, the games being broadcast via the Internet and commented on by professional sports reporters.

Rogério Donato, founder of AFIA, «Portugal is a tourist destination of excellence, has excellent sports and hotel infrastructure, which, together with the support of city councils, is fundamental for the promotion of sport among seniors and in the dissemination of Algarve as a tourist destination».