11th of September, 1984. Something that had never been seen on a football field happened 20km from Arouca. It wasn’t a football match, but it did have a ball and it ran on wheels.
|The Portuguese version of this episode can be found at “Histórias de Portugal” (presented by Marco António and Cláudia Oliveira).
| Official theme music: “Fado do Sonho“ – Pensão Flor
| Additional music: Lee Rosevere | ArtOfEscapism | Orquestra Popular de Paio Pires
In 1984, in order to raise funds for a local association, a bunch of people got together to do something that had never before been done in Portugal; a game of Motoball. We tell the story of the game that took place on the 11th of September, 1984 in Vila Viçosa, Arouca.
It involved a motorcycling champion, the president of the association and a handful of young men who took on the challenge of playing a kind of football… on the backs of motorbikes.
That was in 1984. These are our four interviewees today, 33 years later. .
It was via a blog “Tertúlia Alvinegra” that we found the necessary clues to begin this episode.
The story was told by journalist Cláudia Oliveira in the pages of the newspaper O Jogo, in the edition of 10th September.
Special thanks go to António Capote for his help in making this episode.
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If you want to know more about the region of Arouca, THIS is a good place to start.