Thursday, May 30, 2013

Best European League Final 4 ever Live on TV this Weekend

Gold Medal Final TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday 2nd June, 17.00h (local time, GMT 0)


Hey roller hockey fellows! If you love this sport this weekend you have a thousand reasons to stay at home and enjoy roller hockey pleasure for some time. With the 4 greatest teams in Europe this season already found, the European League will have a new champion this year, succeeding to Liceo da Coruna.

I'm almost sure that you know each of this teams but it is always good to remember again:

-FC Porto, the host team, with some of the great Portuguese players nowdays. The King Reinaldo Ventura, with one of the strongest shoots all over the World, Ricardo Barreiro with all it great skills and champion last 2 years with Coruna and "Caio" with all it speed and technician want to bring to Porto this trophy after 20 years since the last time.
-SL Benfica, the eternal rival from Lisbon, with the young but already World star player Diogo Rafael, the experience from the captain Valter Neves and the Argentinian strength from Steban Abalos wish to turn real the dream of winning the biggest hockey competition in Europe.
-FC Barcelona, with the artistic inspiration of Pablo Albarez, with the goal instint of Marc Torra, and with the giant goalkeeper Sergi Fernandez, want to confirm why Barcelona is the most succeesful team on the big hockey club competition (19 titles!!).
-Valdagno, with the unique Pedro Gil, the goal precision of Carlos Nicolia, and the powerfull shot of Sérgio Silva want to take to Italy for the second time ever the EuroLeague Cup, and show to the World that Italy is again rolling among the best.

Who will take the trophy this year??
And of course the most important thing for you, that probably can't watch live in Porto's rink, all matches will be broadcast by several TV, WebTV channels.

Here you have the transcript text from CERH Facebook Page with all info and links to TV:

1st Semifinal
Saturday 1st June, 15.00h (local time, GMT 0)
FC BARCELONA 4–5 SL BENFICA (live RTP2, TV3 Catalunya-only in Spain available)

2nd Semifinal
Saturday 1st June, 18.00h (local time, GMT 0)
FC PORTO IMPÉRIO BONANÇA 8–6 RECALAC VALDAGNO (live RTP2, Porto Canal . Pre-recorded broadcast Rai Sport 2-22.00h )
If some TV links doesn't work check the biggest roller hockey website that also as a special attendance for this great competition!! 

Roller Hockey the best Hockey Sport!!! 
Don't waste this opportunity to see some of the best players on the greatest club competition!!!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mozambique hosts 2017 Roller Hockey World Cup

"Cumbinha" at this time will be a reality!
It's even 4 years for 2017 but CIRH already announced that Mozambique will have again the opportunity to organized the World biggest Roller Hockey competition. After the problems in 2011 to assure the best conditions to organize the championship (the organization moved to San Juan-Argentina), this time Mozambique can't fail and sure will be the second African nation to receive the best roller hockey countries of the World.
There isn't already to much information about this news, but still is one more big step for the development of our sport in this great and future continent.
Mozambique is a country with a great tradition in our sport that is still searching for a new opportunity of development of this discipline. After the 4th place in 2011 the World stayed stupefact, how this team could get such place, almost without any support and preparation.

 On the news advanced by Mozambican newspaper (O País) Mozambique needs 3 rinks to host the championship. One, will be the main arena, while the other two will receive the practices of each team.

Only in 2014 the contract between CIRH and Mozambican Federation will be signed.

Seems that CIRH is betting strong in Africa this decade, but nevertheless we can't forget that only organize competions is enough. If we really want to see more this sport played in Africa, a huge plan of promotion and massification must be prepared. Last year was created CIRH Comittee for Africa Continent but until now there were any signals of work done...

We hope with 2013 Angola World Championship the things can start soon to change in the Continent of Opportunities!!

2013-Angola 2015 France 2017 Mozambique!!!

Let's Go Mozambique!! This Time You will did it!!

Source of News: O País
Mozambican Federation Website 
Wikipage about Roller Hockey World Cup

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Barcelona plays in Shopping Center

This time was Barcelona showing an awesome example, about what can be done to promote our Sport.
During one day, some of the best World roller hockey players went to a Barcelona's shopping center and played roller hockey with some young players.

Such a simple event can gives a lot of visibility to our sport.
It is more than time to Federations, clubs, players, coaches and brands get unified and promote our sport as it deserves.

Competitions like European League Final 4 must be broadcasted in some of the most important World Sport Channels. I'm sure with a good organization we could reach such an important goal.
Also the Angolan World Cup should have this opportunity. For example the 2009 World Cup held in Vigo and Pontevedra was broadcasted by Aljazeera sport channel.
Would be good to see them again promoting roller hockey.
Since the World Cup will be held in Africa for the first time a lot of efforts should be done to introduce our sport in other African countries. This is a unique opportunity to show roller hockey in Africa

I hope CIRH, CERH, and each competition organization can think about this, and copy promoting events as the one from Barça. A sport that has clubs like Benfica, Barcelona, Porto, Liceo, Sport Recife and River Plate should be in other step of development.

Let's hope that soon the responsible entities can change the way of roller hockey!!!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Rolling Together visites RHC Basel

I still don't know how to skate, so I will not be the new star

Probably some of you doesn't know my name (Ricardo Henriques) and where I come from (Portugal).
For the first time ever roller hockey crossed my professional life. Since some weeks I started to work in Basel, and during these days I'm living in Bed&Breakfast accommodation.
In 1 to 10000 probabilities I am living with a Basel roller hockey player. Isn't it curious??
Thus, I was receiving some lessons of Basel roller hockey history, and also I was talking about international roller hockey with him. Concerning RHC Basel, Rolling Together reported 2 years ago the reappearance of this team.
RHC Basel got in 1985 it unique Swiss championship, being part of that team talent young players, where my host was also part of it. Althouhgt some years after in 1992 a tragic accident caught the team and most of the players got hard injuries. After this, the spirit and physic conditions to play roller hockey went away and the team stopped to play (luckily my host wasn't in that car, and still can play roller hockey).
However in this area of Europe still some important German teams that play roller hockey like Weil-am-Rhein and RHC Friedling kept the passion for this sport alive while Basel didn't have team.

RHC Basel prepares it final attack to NLA
RHC Friedling European polemic was good for Basel team
Some of you heard about the polemic situation between CERH and RHC Friedling last year: they were Swiss Champion and had the right to play European League, but since they were from Germany, CERH didn't allow such participation (Geneve conquer the right to play). Due to this the main sponsor of the team was very annoyed with CERH and Swiss Federation and gave up from Friedling hockey project.
Nevertheless the people and players from this successful team rise up and reinforced Basel Team. At this moment we can say that Basel has again and after so many years a very strong team prepared to fight for Swiss Championship in some years. 

Last Saturday, I went to see the practice and found a very international team with German (some of them from national team), Spanish, French and of course Swiss players. At this moment, they are disputing the NLB/NLA qualifying phase, with Uttingen, Dornbirn and Vordemwald, occupying the 2nd position which gives them the right to play the main Swiss League next year.

Welcome Back Home Basel
From now Basel will play at Home after 20 years
Until now Basel club had a big difficulty regarding the place to play since they were playing in Friedling rink and some times practicing in Weil-am-Rhein. Happilly recently they received a great news and from now they will start to play in it "Nest", the place were almost all 1985 Champions born to this sport:
Genossenschaft Rollschuh Sport Halle RSH.
I'm sure that playing at home they will get the support from Basel people and probably the young people would gain again, and after a long time, the interest to learn one of the best sports of the World. 

The plan for the next matches is already known, and if you live in this area don't loose the opportunity to see the final matches of NLB qualifying championship:

25-05-2013 18:00 RHC Vordemwald RHC Vordemwald - : -
RHC Basel RHC Basel

01-06-2013 17:00 RHC Basel RHC Basel - : -
RSC Uttigen RSC Uttigen

08-06-2013 17:00 RHC Basel RHC Basel - : -
RHC Dornbirn RHC Dornbirn

I really hope that big cities like Bern and Zurique could have also good teams in NLA soon, and sure more young teams could appear in Swiss hockey...

Discover RHC Basel story was such a good example that we can't give up from our passions and of course wouldn't be possible without such coincidence of living with this "skating family" :)
Now it's time to support Basel my new Roller Hockey team!!

All info about RHC Basel:
RHC Basel Website
RHC Basel Facebook Page
News Article about RHC Basel at
NLB/NLA info at

Watch the Video of Basel's last match agains Wimmis fro the 1/4 finals Swiss Cup (lost 3:2 on Golden Goal)