Kazakhstan interrupted Romanian domination in Europe
12.2.2017 / EMF EURO Team
The European Minifootball Championship has already taken place seven times. It was held for the first time in Slovakia in 2010, when Romania won. In 2011 they defeated the Czech Republic after penalties. The same team ruled the continental championships for another five years. But this year the Romanian domination has ended. The new European champion from August is Kazakhstan.
They defeated Croatia 3:2 after penalties in the finals of the tournament in Hungarian Szekesfehervar. Croatia took the third silver in the last four years. "For many people Kazakhstan was a surprise but I was not astonished so much. The Kazakhs were very good in the last two years; they were always eliminated very unluckily, for example after penalties in the eighth round or in the quarterfinals. Later we also found that there was a tycoon in Kazakhstan, who had spent a lot of money to create the team," said Czech national team striker Ondřej Paděra.
The Czech national team in the match for third place defeated Montenegro 2:0 and won the bronze medal for the fourth time in history. "It's the greatest achievement of my career," said thirty-five years old striker Tomáš Kounovský, which at his premiere at the European Championship scored six goals in seven matches and became the best scorer of the team.
The Czechs mishandled only one of the seven matches of the whole tournament in Hungary. In the semi finals they lost against Kazakhstan 0:3. Now they really want to succeed at the home tournament in Brno. "We came to Hungary to get a medal and we are glad it is at least bronze. I hope at home I will skip the second place and go straight for the gold. However, the quality of teams rises up every year," hopes the Czech midfielder Patrik Levčík.
His ambitions are also confirmed by the ranking of national teams of the European Minifootball Federation. The Czech Republic is second behind Romania; the third place belongs to Croatia.