"We want to host the Elite Round in Odivelas"
Miguel Albuquerque reveals Sporting's bid to host the UEFA Futsal Cup Elite Round
With Sporting CP's place in the UEFA Futsal Cup Elite Round secured, department director Miguel Albuquerque is already looking to make a bid to host the competition in the Portuguese capital.
"The bid is decided. It is already done and will be sent to UEFA. We have until the 18th to do it formally. We had already done it informally in case we qualified and now we have. We will send the documentation to host the Elite Round once again", affirmed Albuquerque in an interview with Sporting TV.
The Alvalade futsal chief went on to explain the reasoning behind the bid and what to expect in terms of opposition: "Four seeded teams come into the competition in the next round and we will be in a group with one of them. If we don't host the competition, then we will have to travel and lose the home advantage. This bid is really important in terms of sports, because we have only failed to get into the Final Four once when playing at home. Our first objective is guaranteed now, which was to get into the Elite Round. Now we will have another match to play on Saturday to finish in first place, which will be important in the draw for the next round."