Over the last decade Luis Amado has become acknowledged as a master of the art of futsal goalkeeping, and he came to the 2005 UEFA European Futsal Championship with his stock particularly high. Amado did not disappoint.
Amado broke into the Spain lineup in time for the 1999 finals, as his side were pipped to the title on penalties by Russia, and was part of the squad that won the 2000 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Guatemala. Securing the European Championship in 2001, three years later Spain held on to the World Cup and Amado was superb in the semi-finals – won on penalties against Brazil – and the final, a 2-1 defeat of Italy, who had taken the European title the year before. Two months after victory in Chinese Taipei, Spain were in Ostrava for the 2005 European finals and Amado had a reputation to protect, and a trophy to win back.
He achieved both. Spain moved through from the group stage with relatively little fuss and in the semi-finals Amado kept a rare clean sheet at that level in the 5-0 defeat of Ukraine, while in the final he was only beaten once in a 2-1 win against Russia. Amado and Spain retained the title in 2007 and reached the 2008 World Cup final, and along with Interviú Madrid club-mates Daniel and Schumacher is one of only three players to have won three UEFA Futsal Cup titles, not to mention six Spanish championships and seven Spanish Cups.
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