Raul Garcia Hemonnet
Last Friday, the URJC women's Futsal team achieved a success that no other university in Madrid had achieved to date. The girls became European champions after beating the Ukrainian university of Kharkov 5-3 in the final.
This title puts the finishing touch to the team's career, which has achieved the so-called 'Triple Crown': Madrid championship, Spanish championship and, now, in an unprecedented feat, the European wound.
For the URJC Sports Director, Pedro Ramos, “it is a joy. It's the first time we've sent a team to a European tournament and they've won it”. Ramos was able to speak with the coach, Alfonso Catalina, who told him that the girls “are delighted. They do not fit in themselves with happiness, even a little surpassed.
The combined representative of the Spanish universities in the tournament has made a perfect competition, beating the universities of Zagreb (Croatia), Tampere (Finland), and Scientific of Norway and drawing with that of Kharkov, with which it would later be seen in the final.
The semi-finals were an exhibition for URJC, who beat the German University of Munster 5-0.
All the players belong to federated teams from the Community of Madrid, a practice that they combine with the URJC team and with their studies. The team captain, María Sanz, who scored two goals in the final, was recently the absolute European champion in women's futsal.
A city committed to university sports
The tournament has taken place within the framework of the European University Games, which have been held for the last two weeks in Lodz, Poland. The entire city has turned out for the event and has had the participation of 6.000 athletes from all over the continent, as well as 600 volunteers.
The University plans to receive the champions as in an act that will take place next September.