Like I mentioned in my last blog of 2012, my Europe trip started with a visit at the <21 tournament in St. Petersburg Russia. Very nice to see all the futsal talents. Some games were at a very high level. Once more a confirmation that you have to start early to hitch on to the top.
Surprising was that Ukraïn kicked out tipped to win Russia in the half final. In the other half final Slowakia was too strong for Iran. Finally it was Ukraïn who won the tournament. Also surprising was the fight for the 7th and 8th place; Italy and Portugal. Two countries who are very high on the international ranking list and with the <21 team playing for the last places. All in all a very nice week in a very cold Russia.
Christmas and New Year: after many years we were caught by the flu in Austria. We spent 7 days in bed with a nice view at the piste. Finally we rested very well and skied for two days. After that we were back on time to spend some quality times with our children and grandson.
Back in Bangkok was a big difference: from snow into sun and 35 degrees plus!
The competition was already running and I’ve seen various live games. RBAC is the team to be beaten; will they be the Thai champion for the third year in row? At this moment Bangkok FC and Thai Port are the runners up…..let’s wait untill the end of March.
I’m preparing for a lovely Futsal year with several tournaments and ofcourse I will keep you posted.