Graz – June 8, 2018 – The European Summer kicks off this weekend with Footvolley’s best battling for the title in Austria. A line up of 13 nations led by current champions, Portugal, begin their quest at the busy Hauptplatz Square in the heart of Graz.
The Portuguese squad, Miguel Pinheiro/Nelson Pereira, has come prepared following a second place finish at the Red Sea Footvolley Cup in Eilat and was drawn into Group D to face Germany, Belgium and Croatia. Remaining groups as follows:
Group A: Austria 1, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria 2
Group B: France, Greece, United Kingdom, Portugal 2
Group C: Spain, Italy, Norway, France 2
Local favorites Jakob Wellenhof/Klemens Wellenhof are set to face the strong Dutch squad Martjin Ten Duis/Bart Zantmann, before challenging the well-known local rivals and the Swiss. The French favorites Agnu Plasenzotti/Dume Susini must overcome current Portuguese National Champions Beto Correia/Filipe Santos before facing the Greek and British favorites. The Spanish Juan Lopez/Sergio Antolinos headline a tough Group C including an elite qualifier French squad and the highly skilled Norwegian and Italian pairings.
Only one squad per group is awarded a direct birth into the Quarter Final rounds. The second and third place teams from groups A/B and C/D will face one another in the Round of 16 stage to complete the Playoff line-up.
The Women’s Semi-Finals complete the schedule with match ups between Evelyn Dobbinga/ Nicoline Birza (NED) x Nynke Karrenbeld/Selma Van Berkel (NED) and Mor Shaked/Noy Tzuberry x Rebecca Gabriel/Carolin Schultze (GER)
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