The Portimão Municipal Stadium will host the next game of the national under-21 team, against Iceland, to qualify for the 2023 European Championship, on March 25, from 20:15 pm.
This will be Portugal's sixth match in group D, which the corner team leads alone as a result of the number of victories obtained in previous matches.
Reinaldo Teixeira, president of the Algarve Football Association, does not hide the «special significance» of this decision by the Portuguese Football Federation.
«After the excellent victory at São Luís Stadium, in Faro, in the last game played by our Under-21 National Team, the return to the Algarve, this time to Portimão Stadium, has a special meaning for the region, which wants to continue to assert itself, increasingly, as a stage for major events national and international and a reference for the promotion of football, futsal and arbitration», he says.
«The quinas team left the Algarve in November with the leadership of its group for the qualifying phase for the European Championship and it is in this condition that it returns to Algarve territory, to the pride and joy of the region's tireless supporters and sports agents. We praise, once again, the usual availability of the leaders of our clubs, municipalities, partners and other entities involved to host these events and we hope that the game on March 25th will be another great sporting spectacle», he adds.
Isilda Gomes, mayor of Portimão, also does not hide her satisfaction at seeing the city once again host an official game of the U-21 National Team.
«It is already becoming a good habit that Portimão regularly hosts high competition competitions, in the most diverse sports. Once again, the people of Portimão will not spare the enthusiastic support in the stands for this golden generation, which promises many sporting successes for the country», he says.
The team coached by Rui Jorge will also face Greece in the next international “window”, and the match is scheduled for March 29, in Tripoli, at 17:00 (Mainland Portugal time).