Futsal competition at the 2019 International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) Global Games is set to entertain the Australian crowds in Brisbane from 12-19 October.
Following the opening ceremony on Saturday, competition will get underway at the Anna Meares Velodrome on Sunday as teams go for the title.
The World Intellectual Impairment Sport Global Games will also act as the World Championships, giving the event an extra sparkle.
Portugal will return to the field as the defending champions and world title holders and will once again rely on players such as Guilherme Silva and Joao Campelo.
Campelo was Portugal’s most valuable player during their World Intellectual Impairment Sport Futsal Worlds win in 2017, scoring seven goals. Silva was just behind him on six.
The Portuguese just edged France to gold two years ago by one goal and will try again for the title in Brisbane.
Morgan Lebreaud was the tournament’s top scorer with an impressive eight goals overall.
Iran were third after eliminating 2015 World Intellectual Impairment Sport Global Games silver medallists Argentina.
Their star player Behzad Amani joined Lebreaud at the top of scorers’ list.
The World Intellectual Impairment Sport Global Games are the world’s biggest high performance sports event for athletes with intellectual impairments.
Nearly 1,000 competitors will go for gold in 10 sports in Brisbane from 12-19 October.
Results will be available at the official competition website.