- Cesar Morais dazzled on the European Down syndrome finals
- He was hailed by the FC Porto coach and the Portuguese President
- His father lauds the affect soccer has on Cesar’s life
“When Cesar discovered he was going to Italy to characterize Portugal, he felt like he was Cristiano Ronaldo. On the airport, I keep in mind him, surrounded by his team-mates, and pondering I’d by no means seen him so pleased.”
That’s what Antonio Morais informed FIFA.com about his son going to play within the maiden FIFDS European Futsal Championship, organised by SUDS (the Sports activities Union For Athletes With Down Syndrome).
Antonio, in his wildest fantasies, couldn’t have envisioned it, however Cesar was much more euphoric awaiting his flight residence. For the then 30-year-old’s souvenirs from just a few days in Terni, Umbria – the birthplace of Saint Valentine – have been a winner’s medal and a golden boot for being the match’s main marksman, which he grasped lovingly. “Cesar didn’t dare put them in his suitcase in case it bought misplaced!” remembered Antonio.
Cesar informed FIFA.com: “Travelling to Italy to characterize Portugal was the very best expertise of my life. I loved getting to fulfill and spend time with athletes from different international locations, in addition to the camaraderie and unity that existed in our nationwide group.
“I’ve liked soccer since I used to be six years previous. My heroes are Cristiano Ronaldo and (futsal famous person) Ricardinho. Based on the critics, I performed rather well. My enjoying fashion is much like Ricardinho’s. I at all times play for the group, I defend and assault, and each time I can I rating targets. I used to be the match’s high scorer, however I recognise that with out the unbelievable performances of my team-mates that wouldn’t have been attainable.”
These team-mates have been Tiago Castro, Luis Goncalves, Paulo Lino, Carlos Lobo, Daniel Maia, Helder Ornelas, Nelson Silva, Ricardo Pires, Norberto Santos and Rui Sousa, athletes between the ages of 23 and 44 who made the Portugal squad despatched by ANDDI (Nationwide Affiliation of Sports activities for Mental Incapacity). Portugal have been the underdogs going into the ultimate, however a hat-trick from Guimaraes ahead Silva and an excellent strike from Morais secured a surprising 4-Zero victory over hosts and reigning world champions Italy.
At least Portuguese President, His Excellency Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, was amongst these in awe: “These Portuguese athletes have as soon as once more proved that we’re among the many better of the very best. Large congratulations to all of the athletes, and a particular phrase of congratulations to Cesar Morais, who was thought-about the match’s greatest participant.”
Round 200 followers greeted the Portugal gamers on the airport upon their return residence. One held a banner pleading, ‘Cesar, give me your shirt!’
Extra adulation was forthcoming for Cesar. When he and Daniel Maia returned to FC Porto, for whom they characterize, they got a rapturous reception by membership president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, coach Sergio Conceicao, and the likes of Iker Casillas, Eder Militao, Alex Telles, Danilo, Hector Herrera and Yacine Brahimi.
“FC Porto have been great for Cesar and so many others with Down syndrome,” defined Antonio. “They play a few instances per week. The coaching and matches give them a routine and one thing to look ahead to.
“They make a variety of pals and have enjoyable. And it’s extraordinarily essential for them bodily and intellectually. They really feel extra full individuals, extra accountable and helpful to society.
“Phrases can’t clarify the distinction golf equipment like FC Porto, and the wonderful work of ANDDI and others organisations, make to the lives of individuals with Down syndrome.”
Cesar concluded: “I’m nonetheless so pleased to consider the European Championship, and all I take into consideration now’s the [FIFDS] World Championship in Brazil.
The celebration will unfold in Ribeirao Preto between 28 Could and 6 June.
In the present day, on World Down Syndrome Day, it’s time to commemorate all of the admirable work organisations akin to SUDS and ANDDI, and the golf equipment who embrace these with Down syndrome, do.