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‎Bučovice Blind Football Cup 2015 draw announced

5-a-side football pictogram. 5-a-side football pictogram. Image credit: Parutakupiu. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported.
Two groups of players mixed posing for picture.

The Irish national side and FC St. Pauli. Image credit: Blind Football Ireland

Earlier today, the draw for ‎Bučovice Blind Football Cup 2015 was announced.  Group A includes ICB Bahia, BFI Dublin, Five-a-side Anderlecth, and Avoy MU Brno.  Group B includes Pirsos Thessaloniki, University of Worcester Blind Football Club, FC St. Pauli von 1910 e.V., and Chemnitzer FC.  The competition is scheduled to get underway in the Czech Republic on June 20.

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On the opening day of competition, ICB Bahia takes on Five-a-side Anderlecht in the competition’s first match which gets underway at 9:00 AM local time.   Games are then played 1 an hour until 7:00 PM local time.  The second match sees Pirsos Thessaloniki play Chemnitzer FC. Avoy MU Brno  play BFI Dublin in the third match. University of Worcester BFC meet FC St. Pauli in the fourth match.  The fifth match features  ICB Bahia taking on BFI Dublin. Pirsos Thessaloniki play FC St. Pauli in the sixth match. The seventh match sees Avoy MU Brno meeting Five-a-side Anderlecht.  The eighth match features  University of Worcester BFC playing Chemnitzer FC.  The ninth match has ICB Bahia Avoy playing MU Brno.  The day concludes with Pirsos Thessaloniki going up against University of Worcester BFC.

 

The second day has two games in group play, with the opener at 9:00 AM local time when Five-a-side Anderlecht takes on BFI Dublin.  The second game is between Chemnitzer FC and FC St. Pauli.  These games are then followed by semifinals, placement matches and the finals.

 

‎Bučovice Blind Football Cup is one of the biggest international club competitions for 5-a-side football, and draws teams that have a history of feeding into their national team.  This includes Macos Rogerio, Motta Santos, Nascimento Silva, Rogerio Marcos, Jan Mrazek, Alex Fangmann, Jorg Fetzer, Lukas Smirek, Mulgheta Russom, Serdal Celebi, Tom Pasewalk, Darren Harris, Lee Greatbatch, Dimos Zacharos, Efstratios Chatziapostolidis, Ioannis Papanikolaou, and Istvan Szabo who played for played for Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Greece, Brazil, and the Czech Republic.

 

The Irish club side will be making their debut at the competition, with the sport generally still in its early development in Ireland.  Talk of national development program only started in late 2011, and only appeared to get up and organized in late 2013.  The national domestic tournament for blind football though is only five years old.  Avoy MU Brno and FC St. Pauli both visited Ireland last year to play the Irish national side in a series of friendlies.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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