Great volley

Portimão-born Portuguese national volleyball team captain João José, who plays for German club Friedrichshafen, was hoping to make home advantage count as he led the side into the European League finals at his home town’s sports Arena over the weekend.

Unfortunately a clear cut 3-0 opening defeat by his adopted country precluded any possibility of lifting the continental crown as Germany went on to overcome Spain 3-2 in the final.

At the same time the Brazilian partnership of Tata and Peao beat their Congolese final opponents in Albufeira’s latest foot-volley World Challenge, where Portugal reached the last four.