The Portuguese beach soccer team will not be able to count on its captain, Nuno Belchior, for its upcoming commitments, since he left the call to enter a reality show program.
Belchior, a 40-year-old center, is one of the contestants on the program “O Triângulo” (“The Triangle”), on the Portuguese channel TVI, and is now locked up in a house watched by cameras.
For this reason, he will miss Portugal’s preparation matches scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, both against Poland.
His replacement on the list of “quinas” will be Bernardo Lopes, announced the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) in a statement.
The former player of Sporting de Portugal and Italian Roma is one of the greatest references in his country on the sand, where he has won several trophies, including two world championships.
He also received in 2015, along with his teammates, the Order of the Infante Don Henriqueand in 2019 he obtained the Commander of the Order of Merit, among the main decorations awarded by the Portuguese authorities.
Belchior, about his presence in the programstated that he is “much more nervous than if he were playing any game” and that his objective will be “to shoot on goal and score more goals than the rival”.
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