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Karembeu thrilled by futsal show

Published: Saturday 23 January 2010, 12.25CET
Christian Karembeu has been in Hungary this week as a Futsal EURO tournament ambassador and says he enjoys the atmosphere of the sport and hopes France can make their mark one day.
by Paul Saffer
from Debrecen
Karembeu thrilled by futsal show
Christian Karembeu attends the match between Portugal and Belarus in Debrecen ©Sportsfile
 

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Published: Saturday 23 January 2010, 12.25CET

Karembeu thrilled by futsal show

Christian Karembeu has been in Hungary this week as a Futsal EURO tournament ambassador and says he enjoys the atmosphere of the sport and hopes France can make their mark one day.

Christian Karembeu is no stranger to futsal; he has played the sport around the world in recent years in a team of France '98 winners including Zinédine Zidane. However, he has been enjoying his role as spectator this week as a UEFA European Futsal Championship tournament ambassador in Hungary.

Hungarian travels
The 1998 UEFA Champions League winner with Real Madrid FC took in the Azerbaijan against Czech Republic game in Budapest on Thursday and then travelled to Debrecen the next day to see Portugal and Belarus play out a thrilling 5-5 draw. In both venues he performed a ceremonial kick-off – in Debrecen passing the ball to the mascot, who promptly scored from the halfway line to huge applause – and took time out to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans.

Atmosphere
"I am enjoying the tournament," Karembeu said. "I have to congratulate the organisers because I was very surprised; I enjoyed the games and have seen many impressive things. In particular, the noise of the crowd. I like the atmosphere. When it is indoors, the fans are right on top of the players – it puts pressure on them for sure, but also gives them pleasure."

France hope
Karembeu's own career path took him into the outdoor game, but he believes "if I had started very young, I could have been one of the best futsal players". However, the French futsal team has not matched the feats of their football counterparts, losing – though only narrowly– in EURO qualifying to the more established Russia, Slovenia and Montenegro, but Karembeu concluded: "I hope that France can have a great futsal team because we have the facilities."

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