Spain is the new U-17 European Champion

The home team won an amazing final against Portugal thanks to the golden goal scored by Nil Gamissans. France got the bronze medal.

Photo by Gordon Morrison
Photo by Gordon Morrison

Spain won the U17 European Championship after four years (its last victory was in 2012 in Ploufragan, France) and took the place of Portugal on the higher step of the podium. That’s the main verdict of the tournement that ended tonight in Mieres. In an exciting and amazing final, Spain gave, togheter with Portugal, a concrete demonstration of how rink hockey can be an extraordinary sport. The decisive match has been balanced from the beginning to the end. Portugal scored first, but Spain tied and went ahead for three times (2-1, 3-2 and 4-3). Portugal always drew the game. After 40 minutes, the game was tied and extra time with golden gol were necessary to assign the title. A shot by Gamissans gave the gold medal to Spain.
The bronze medal goes to France which won 4-1 the final against Germany. For France is the second bronze medal in a row after the one won last year in Luso.
Italy got the 5th place winning again with Andorra. The 7th position went to Switzerland at the end of a very balanced game with England decided by a golden goal. Israel performed a great come back against Austria and, after having lost 3-1 yesterday, won 7-4 at the golden goal today and got an historical 9th place.

Final 9th/10th place – 2nd leg
Austria – Israel 4-7 (at golden goal)
Final 7th/8th place
Switzerland – England 1-0 (at golden goal)
Final 5th/6th place
Andorra – Italy 1-7
Final 3rd/4th place
Germany – France 1-4
Final 1st/2nd place
Spain – Portugal 5-4 (at golden goal)

1st – GOLD MEDAL – Spain
2nd – SILVER MEDAL – Portugal
3rd – BRONZE MEDAL – France
4th – Germany
5th – Italy
6th – Andorra
7th – Swizerland
8th – England
9th – Israel
10th – Austria

ROLL OF HONOUR (last editions)

2016 35th Mieres, Spain Spain Portugal France
2015 34th  Luso, Portugal  Portugal  Spain  France
2014 33rd  Gujan-Mestras, France  Italy  Spain  Portugal
2013 32nd  Alcobendas, Spain  Portugal  France  Spain
2012 31st  Ploufragan, France  Spain  France  Portugal
2011 30th  Geneve, Switzerland  Spain  Portugal  Italy
2010 29th  Northampton, England  Spain  Portugal  England
2009 28th  Dinan, France  Portugal  Spain  France
2008 27th  Bassano, Italy  Portugal  Italy  Spain
2007 26th  Nantes, France  Spain  Portugal  France
2006 25th  Sesimbra, Portugal  Spain  Portugal  France
2005 24th  Quimper, France  Portugal  Spain  France
2004 23rd  Viareggio, Italy  Spain  Portugal  Italy
2003 22nd  Wimmis, Switzerland  Spain  Portugal  Switzerland
2002 21st  St. Omer, France  Spain  Portugal  France
2001 20th  Alcobaça, Portugal  Spain  Portugal  Italy
2000 19th  Walsum, Germany  Portugal  Spain  Italy