EAFF Champions League 2022
Amputee Football Champions League is a football festival in Krakow.
The football event hosting the best teams of Amputee Football took place on 20-22 May in Kraków. The city famous for the Castle of Wawel was visited by recognizable brands to compete in the Champions League. The event gathered a crowd of fans in the stands, creating a unique atmosphere and it was led by an outstanding footballer known all over the world, the representative of Polish national team – Jakub Błaszczykowski, the Ambassador of the event.
The City of Kraków and the current Polish Amputee Football champion – Wisła Kraków – were the organizers of the tournament. The choice of the venue, which already witnessed great sporting events in the past, was not random. It is here – near the Castle of Wawel – where the most important trophy was fought for by the representatives of seven football clubs: Wisła Kraków (Poland), Etimesgut Amputee Sport Club (Turkey), Manchester City (England), C.D Flamencos Amputados Sur (Spain), Olimpique Jouy le Moutier (France), AFC Tbilisi (Georgia) and Sporting Amp Football (Italy). The matches played at the Garbarnia Kraków and the H. Reyman’s Municipal Stadium raised great emotions and relentless fight spiced up with loud cheering of the fans hungry for experience.
The two-day event allowed to determine the winner. The final match between Wisła Kraków and Etimesgut Amputee Sport Club was won by the team from Turkey, which beat the White Star 5:2 on the main field at R22. The silver medal won by the team from the capital of Małopolska is a worthy showcase of football played by Amputee Football players and a premonition of great events involving players with disabilities.
“You want to participate in such events. Undoubtedly, the difficulty level of the matches, organization of the event and accompanying setting deserve recognition. I believe that Kraków – and most of all the Wisła club – showed their best, providing the participants with great conditions for competition on the field. I would like to congratulate all teams on their skills and an exemplary attitude and I wish fans get even more similar events that bring so many emotions”, said Jakub Błaszczykowski, the Ambassador of the Amputee Football Champions League.
The final: Wisła Kraków – Etimesgut Ankara 2:5 (0:3)
Goals: Krystian Kapłon, Kamil Grygiel – Kemal Güles (two), Ömer Güleryüz (two), Şeyhmus Erdinç
Third place match: Flamencos Amputados Malaga – Manchester City 0:0, penalty shootout 4:5
Fifth place match: AFC Tbilisi – Olympique Jouy-le-Moutier 0:0, penalty shootout 2:4
- Etimesgut Amputee Sport Club
- Wisła Kraków
- Manchester City
- C.D Flamencos Amputados Sur
- Olimpique Jouy le Moutier
- AFC Tbilisi
- Sporting Amp Football
The Fair Play award: Wisła Kraków
The best goalkeeper: Igor Woźniak (Wisła Kraków)
Top scorer: Ömer Güleryüz (Etimesgut Amputee Sport Club) – 12 goals
The best player: Ömer Güleryüz (Etimesgut Amputee Sport Club)
EAFF Champions League 2021
EAFF Amputee Football Champions League 2021 was a fantastic tournament.
Five clubs from five countries, despite the difficult international situation, met in the Turkish city of Gaziantep on May 21-23 to fight for the title of the best amputee football club team in Europe.
After the fantastic first edition of the EAFF Champions League, which was organized in Georgia in 2019, it was difficult to imagine a better event.
Great organization and the hospitality of the Turkish federation, the city of Gaziantep, the club, fans and the Şahinbey district made the tournament an unforgettable experience for all participants.
All teams showed an amazing fight and great sports level. The final match of the tournament, played between Şahinbey and Legia Warsaw with full stands, belonged to one of the best amps in history and reminded of the legendary EURO 2017 final in Istanbul with 40,000 fans at the stadium.
Congratulations to all teams and people involved in the organization.
Final classification of the Amputee Football Champions League 2021:
- Şahinbey Belediye, TURKEY
- Legia Warszawa, POLAND
- Vicenza Calcio, ITALY
- Karabakh F.K., AZERBAIJAN
- AFC Tbilisi, GEORGIA
TOP GOALSCORERS – Rahmi / Fatih (Şahinbey)
BEST PLAYER – Lastowski (Legia)
BEST GOALKEEPER – Hemidov (Karabakh )
FAIR PLAY – Argento (Vicenza)
FRIDAY MAY 21
ŞAHINBEY B. S. V LEGIA WARSAW 4:1
VICENZA CALCIO V AFC TBILISI 3:1
KARABAKH F.K. V LEGIA WARSAW 0:5
ŞAHINBEY B. S. V VICENZA CALCIO 7:0
AFC TBILISI V KARABAKH F.K. 0:1
SATURDAY MAY 22
ŞAHINBEY B. S. V KARABAKH F.K. 5:0
LEGIA WARSAW V AFC TBILISI 4:0
VICENZA CALCIO V KARABAKH F.K. 4:0
ŞAHINBEY B. S. V AFC TBILISI 9:0
LEGIA WARSAW V VICENZA CALCIO 1:1
SUNDAY MAY 23
3RD PLACE GAME – VICENZA CALCIO V KARABAKH F.K. 1:0
FINAL – ŞAHINBEY B. S. V LEGIA WARSAW 3:1
EAFF Champions League 2019
The first in the history EAFF Amputee Football Champions League was held in Georgia in May 2019 and featured 6 domestic amputee football league champions from England, Ireland, Georgia, Poland, Russia and Turkey. Big support of Georgian Football Federation contributed greatly to delivering a high-profile sport event.
- Ortotek Gaziler, Turkey
- Dinamo Altai, Russia
- Legia Amp Futbol, Poland
- Cork City FC, Ireland
- Everton FC Amputee, England
- AFC Tibilisi, Georgia
Raising club competiton to the international level was a trigger for establishing new amputee football clubs in EAFF member countries. Also, it open paths for wider cooperation with renowed football clubs across Europe.