PARTY IN SUNNY PORTUGAL
Once a small fish-canning village and now a popular
seaside town, Espinho, just 20km south of
Oporto, bursts into life from Aug 24-28 when
the men contest the Portugal Open of the
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.
long stretch of golden sandy beach attracts
thousands of holidaymakers for seaside
holidays, great fish restaurants and great
weather, but the Portugal Open has become an
attractive additional feature in the
town’s event calendar and last year
thousands of spectators packed the stadium
to watch the world’s elite battle it out
for the title.
Brazilian duo Ricardo-Loila won the gold
medal at the 2001 tournament, played on
the beautiful Praia da Baia in Espinho, and
bathed in fabulous Portuguese sunshine. They
knocked out the Swiss brothers Paul and
Martin Laciga 2-1 in the final.
the match, Loiola said: "We are very
happy with this victory here in Portugal,
this gave strength to us. We hope to win
lots of tournaments in the future".
In fact, it was a boost to the pair
who then went on to Austria for the World
Championship where they came away with the
silver medal. They finished the season
fourth on the rankings.
was named as "Player of the
year, the women also made a stop at Esphino,
but while the men are playing here in 2002,
the women are in Rhodes, Greece.