“With regard to the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, we have made the decision to come to this region, so it needs a recovery in its economy, which is key in terms of tourism,” said the President of the Portuguese Football Association (FPF). Fernando Gomez at the three-match presentation session at the Algarve Football Association headquarters in Faro.
In addition to the official reception of the Republic of Ireland, on the first of September, which precedes the visit to Azerbaijan, scheduled for September 7, the Algarve stadium will also host matches with Qatar, the preparatory match scheduled for October 9, and with Luxembourg (October 12), and qualification for the 2022 World Cup. .
The president of the International Football Association (FPF) is hoping, “at that moment, that the pandemic situation is already in another phase of recovery”, so that games can be played with the fans on the stands.
Fernando Gomez highlighted the “FPF intervention” since the beginning of the covid-19 epidemic, in supporting health professionals, in campaigns to collect and donate materials and food for families in need, in welcoming nearly thirty patients to Casa de Futebol, in addition to his role in supporting the football family And economic recovery, and after he managed to reach the Champions League finals twice.
“We were successful again in achieving the Champions League Final, preserving public health, and the basic design of everything we do,” he said of the final on 29 at the Estadio de Dragao Stadium between Chelsea and Manchester City. Which is expected to have 12,000 supporters in the stands.
He summarized: “At this moment when some light appears at the end of the tunnel, the New Enterprise Fund cannot help in trying to help with the basic need for economic recovery and seeking, through its work, to help the economy at this critical moment.”
The mayors of Faro and Luli, Rogiero Bacalho and Vitor Alexo, have expressed their satisfaction with the Portuguese team’s return to the Algarve stadium at an economically critical moment, hoping that the health status of the public will allow the public to sit on the stands, since Ireland is one of the main tourist markets in the region.
Reynaldo Teixeira, President of the Algarve Football Association, noted that the Algarve Stadium is a “mascot playground” for a team that has played 15 matches and never lost (10 wins and 5 draws).
The French Football Association also announced that the final match of the first group qualifying for the World Cup, against Serbia, will be held at the Jose Alvaldi Stadium, on November 14th.