With the men and women’s European Deaf Futsal Championship set to get underway on Wednesday in Bulgaria, Turkey’s men and women wrapped up their training camp in Nevsehir last night. They then departed for Istanbul.
Other teams are also on the move. The Irish women’s team is scheduled to depart Dublin on Tuesday. Ireland is also sending officials as part of their delegation. Lolo Anne Clarke, Philip Quearney, Jade Kavanagh, Jen Lynch, Michelle Ward, Maura Moloney and Sarah Lyons are all going.
The Bulgarians have had at least two training camps in Sofia ahead of the competition. The men’s team has twelve players between 15 and 30 years of age. In June, the team had concerns about having a quality goalkeeper preventing them from going all the way.
The first matches for the women are scheduled to start at noon on Thursday with Norway scheduled to take on Switzerland in Group C play while Sweden takes on Italy in Group D play. Turkey’s first game is at 2:00 pm local time on Thursday in the opening game of Group A play where they are scheduled to play England. Ireland’s first game is at 4:00 PM local time in the opening match of Group B play where they meet Belgium.
On the men’s side, the opening pair of games are on Wednesday at 10:00 AM when Belarus takes on Denmark in Group C play, and Switzerland takes on Israel in Group D play. Hosts Bulgaria open in the second game of Group A play at 4:00 PM local time against France. Turkey opens against Hungary at noon on Wednesday in the second game of Group D.