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Portugal to play two U-21 Euro qualifying matches in Faro

Portugal’s U-21 squad will seek to remain at the top of Group G

Portugal’s national male under-21 football team will play two qualifying matches for the Under-21 Euro in Faro, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has confirmed.

Both matches – against Faroe Islands on March 21 and Croatia on March 26 – will be played at Estádio São Luís, the home stadium of Farense.

The decision to host these two important matches in the region has been praised by the president of the Algarve Football Association (AFA).

“It is well-deserved recognition for the people of Algarve, who once again have the opportunity to see the best Portuguese players of the U-21 generation in action in the region,” said Reinaldo Teixeira.

The region has often been chosen by the Portuguese Football Federation to host important training moments for our national teams, which makes us very proud. The Algarve has regularly contributed players to the national teams, and events like these serve as an incentive and stimulus for young footballers in the region and for all those who work here daily to improve and promote football,” the AFA boss said.

He also hailed the choice of São Luís as the venue, given that the stadium recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and was distinguised with the ‘Prémio Estádio da Liga Portugal’ (Award Stadium of the Portuguese League) for its recent improvements.

No information about ticket sales has been announced so far, although this is expected closer to the dates.

Portugal’s U-21 team is in first place of Group G of the U-21 Euro qualifying stage, with 12 points earned off of four victories in five matches. Placed second is Greece with 11 points in six matches, while Croatia trails in third with 10 points but only four matches played.

By Michael Bruxo

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