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Last call for amateur heroes

Piemonte Valle d'Aosta Amateur and Ligue du Maine Amateur contest the UEFA Regions' Cup final on Saturday.

Gruelling week
After a gruelling week of matches in the sun in Württemberg, the eight teams in the finals of Europe's showpiece tournament for amateur teams have been whittled down to two. The game on Saturday in Heidenheim's Albstadion will now decide the third edition of the Regions' Cup.

Surprise win
Piemonte finished top of qualifying Group A after a surprise win against tournament hosts Württemberg Amateur on Thursday and coach Michele Delvecchio already seems to believe that the hardest games of the tournament are behind him. "I am very happy to be in the final because it was a very difficult group," he told uefa.com on Thursday. "Normally the final should have been Italy against Germany."

Twin strikers
A team possessed of both attacking flair and defensive steel, Piemonte will be hoping that strikers Danilo Montalto and Marco Bregantin will be on their game when they face René Logie's men. Montalto was impressive in qualification, scoring four times, and the 28-year-old Bergantin came into his own in the final Group A game.

Lucky number
Unhappy at being given the No9 shirt in the Piemonte team, Bergantin had blamed his squad number for his lack of goals in the finals. However, rumours are circulating that he has now drawn an additional one on to his shirt to make his unofficial squad number 19 and the effects have been remarkable.

Great day
He scored twice in the 3-1 win against Württemberg and set up the other goal for team-mate Paolo Capra, but he will not be the only amateur goalscoring hero in action at the Albstadion on Saturday.

Lightning pace
Ligue du Maine boast the striking prowess of 27-year-old Jonas Missaye whose four goals at the finals have taken his overall tally for the tournament to nine. Blessed with terrific pace, and with able support from playmaker Anthony Guyard, Missaye remains the French side's danger man.

High scorers
However, with four goals in the finals, midfield player Sébastien Bigarret has proved that Logie's side have goalscoring strength in depth. They have already scored 12 goals, but it will not be easy to improve on that against an impassive Italian defence and a fine goalkeeper in Antonio Maio.

'Too bad'
Logie admitted to uefa.com that Piemonte were not his ideal opponents, saying: "Too bad we will not face the German side in the final." However, with most observers in no doubt that the two best sides in the Regions' Cup will be coming face to face on Saturday, fans in Heidenheim will have no reason to feel short-changed.