Spain men's national blind football team (Q19709)
national blind football team
- Spain men's national 5-a-side football team
- Spain men's national B1 football team
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Spain men's national blind football team
national blind football team
Ceferino Sánchez Medinilla made his debut for Spain men's national blind football team as a guide the same year that he first played for ONCE Málaga.
Santiago Solari visited the Spanish national team, to give them an inspirational talk before their appearance at the 2014 IBSA Blind Football World Championships.
“El deporte es fundamental, sobre todo, para nosotros porque nos da muchas cosas: orientación, movilidad, autonomía, hace que perdamos miedos y viene muy bien para desestrasarte del trabajo. Para todos es fundamental, pero para nosotros más”, Spanish footballer Vicente Aguilar in 2018
“Los colegas siguen con el cachondeo (sano). ‘Ya vas a que te marquen los ciegos’, me suelen decir. ¡Que se pongan ellos y verían!”, bromea." - Pedro Gutierrez Leon in 2014
Spain is the only European country to have won a medal in the history of the IBSA Blind Football World Championships, having done so five times as of July 2018.
The 2018 IBSA Blind Football World Championship Team of the Tournament included Spain’s goalkeeper Sergio Rodriguez, Argentina’s Froilan Padilla, China’s star striker Wei Jiansen, Ricardinho and Turkey’s Hasan Satay.
The 2017 edition of the European tournament took place in Berlin, Germany. Spain entered the tournaments as one of the favorites based on their past performances.
Spain only qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics because Russia had been banned from participating in the Games. Spain was chosen because of their third-place finish at the 2015 IBSA Blind Football European Championships in Hereford, England.
Spain qualified for the 2002 IBSA Blind Football World Championships final after beating Brazil in the semi-final. This was a team that Spain saw as the most difficult they would meet in the competition. The game mentally and physically drained the team, leaving them nothing in the tank for the final held the next day.
Starting in January, the team basically had training camp for a week, then a week off, then back for another week of training camp. The team based their training in Madrid. The team really worked on building up their physical form, so they had the endurance and strength to last for the competition.
While Spain won every game on the way to the final of the 2010 IBSA Blind Football World Championships, the team rushed forward every chance they could to put pressure on the Brazilians. Despite their best efforts to pressure the Brazilians, they could not get past them to score.
Spain then played Greece for bronze, winning 2 - 0. Antonio Jesús Martín Gaitán made his World Championships debut in this competition after being the last player called up to play for the squad.(3D/3D)
Ceferino Sánchez Medinilla initially trained as a goalkeeper for Spain ahead of the 2018 IBSA Blind Football World Championships before he was chosen as a sighted guide for the tournament.
Spain played in the 2000 IBSA Blind Football World Championships, played at home in Jerez de la Frontera. Spain opened the tournament with a 2 - 1 loss to Argentina. Their second match was a 2 - 1 win against Paraguay. (1D/3D)
They met Brazil in the semi-finals, where they lost. Spain then met Paraguay in the bronze medal match, where they lost. Antonio Jesús Martín Gaitán was part of the team, and said it was one of the most unprepared Spanish teams he was part of at the World Championships.(2E/2E)
Antonio Jesús Martín Gaitán scored his first World Championship goal in that game, putting Spain up 1 - 0. The team's last game was South Korea. Spain then lost the semifinal to Brazil on penalty kicks after finishing regular time 2 - 2. (2D/3D)
9 June 2018
Spain lost to Turkey 0 - 1 in their final game of group play at the 2018 IBSA Blind Football World Championships. They still qualified for the quarterfinals having beaten Morocco and Thailand.
Antonio Jesús Martín Gaitán got his first call up to the Spanish blind football national team as a 16-year-old only a week before the start of the IBSA European Blind Football Championships. He was named to the squad after a member of the team could not make it because of work.
The 2006 IBSA Blind Football World Championships were one of the few Spain participated in where they did not make the podium, finishing fourth overall. They opened with ties against Argentina and England. They then beat South Korea. (1E/2E)
Antonio Jesús Martín Gaitán was informed of his first call up to the Spanish blind football national team after the 16-year-old had just helped ONCE Malaga win a club national championship.
Vicente Aguilar made his national team debut for the blind men's football team in 1985, 12 years before the first standardized blind football competition. He would go on to play on the national team for another 30 plus years.
Spanish national blind football team players can sometimes get by without needing a job because of national and Comunidad based sports scholarships. Players in top level national blind football teams who miss out on the national team cannot seriously dedicate themselves to the sport as they need to "work to eat".
In March 2018, Turkey hosted the 1st Blind Football Istanbul Cup. Five teams participated, including Turkey, Spain, Russia, Morocco and Italy. It was the first ranking event of the year.
25 August 2017
Russia, France, Spain and England qualified for the 2018 IBSA Blind Football World Championships based on finishing in the top 5 at the 2017 IBSA European Blind Football World Championships.
18 August 2017
For the 2017 IBSA European Blind Football Championships, Spain was in Group B, along with Georgia, Belgium and Turkey. Spain opened group play against Georgia who were competing in the tournament for the first time.
25 August 2017
Spain made it to the finals of the 2017 IBSA European Blind Football Championships, before losing to Russia in the final in penalty kicks, after the game ended in a 1 - 1 draw with Spain's only goal scored by Adolfa Costa. Spain lost 3 - 4 on penalty kicks.
29 August 2015
Turkey went into the semifinal match against Spain at the 2015 IBSA European Blind Football Championships having improved greatly since their performance at the 2015 IBSA World Games.[http://www.ibsasport.org/news/814/russia-and-turkey-to-meet-in-ibsa-blind-football-european-championships-final]
23 August 2015
Spain opened play at the 2015 IBSA European Blind Football Championships against Belgium, with Acosta scoring the team's lone goal in a 1 - 0 victory. The game was closer than expected, considering Belgium was making their debut at the competition. Acosta's goal came in the second half.
In 2002, the national teams for both B1 and B2 football both had well developed training calendars that including training camps, friendlies and official tournaments. Training camps were often 10 concentrations following the conclusion of the national championship.
26 November 2014
At the 2014 IBSA Blind Football World Championships, Pedro Gutiérrez was named as the goalkeeper for the team of the tournament. He was the only Spaniard named to the team of the tournament.
21 November 2014
At the 2014 IBSA Blind Football World Championships, Spain and South Korea were tied on points, goal difference, goals scored and goals conceded for the second spot in their group. To resolve the tie, a penalty kick shootout was November 21 to decide who would go through to the next round. After four penalties each Spain won 2-1
20 November 2014
11 November 2014
On November 11, 2014, the draw was done for groups at the 2015 IBSA European Blind Football Championships. England, Turkey, Germany, Italy and Poland were draw in Group A. Spain, France, Russia, Greece and Belgium were drawn in Group B.
Spain finished second in Group A with 4 points at the 2015 IBSA World Games. Spain met China in the bronze medal match, winning 1 - 0 with a goal from Acosta. China went into the match having finished second in their group with 7 points.
“Así la gente sabrá que hay un Mundial en Madrid y que vamos a pelear exactamente por lo mismo, que es ganarlo, que el equipo de Julen Lopetegui. Somos otra selección española más”, Spanish player Adolfo Acosta Rodriguez before 2018 IBSA Blind Football World Championships
“Además, no podemos salir del área (es más pequeña que la del fútbol sala) y han aumentado el tamaño de las porterías, ahora son como las de hockey para que haya más goles”, Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rodríguez ahead of the 2018 IBSA World Championships
"Cuando los jugadores ven, puedes adivinar hacia dónde van a disparar por su mirada o por el gesto de su cuerpo. Con los ciegos, no. Nunca sabes ni cuándo ni cómo van a chutar”, Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rodríguez ahead of the 2018 IBSA World Championships
“Son muchas. Ya tenemos ganas de que llegue el primer partido. Es un reto jugar en casa. A priori, tenemos la ventaja de tener el factor cancha pero la desventaja de tener que demostrarlo ante nuestra gente”, Jesús Bargueiras, el seleccionador de España antes de 2018 IBSA Blind Football World Championships
“El objetivo siempre es ganar. Para mí, si no estamos en semifinales, sería un fracaso”, Spanish player Adolfo Acosta Rodriguez before 2018 IBSA Blind Football World Championships
Spain won the first six IBSA European Blind Football Championships. It was not until the seventh edition that France was able to end that streak.