The mayor of Guimarães, Domingos Bragança, said today that the organization of the League of Nations football in the city was a success, despite the constraints in the daily routine of the population.
"The League of Nations has done very well. All the Vimaranians are to be congratulated, as well as the Victory [de Guimarães] and the Chamber. UEFA accepted this agreement for us to have the League of Nations. It is an event of worldwide notoriety and that obviously affirms the city, "he said, after the fortnightly meeting of the municipal executive.
Host of the tournament in conjunction with Porto, the Minho city received the semi-final in which the Netherlands defeated England (3-1, after extra time) on June 6, and the game in which the English reached the third place against Switzerland (6-5, after penalties), with a total of 41,453 spectators at the D. Afonso Henriques Stadium.
The PS mayor also stressed that the reception of foreign fans, despite the constraints imposed on the daily lives of the population, and the worldwide television presence in Guimarães can boost tourism in the city "in the medium and long term."
Asked about reports of English fans complaining about the rail transport between Porto and Guimarães, Domingos Bragança observed that, in the travels of thousands of supporters, there is always "no respect for moments of waiting", although he acknowledged that "there are always factors that may not go so well."
One of the opposition councilors, André Coelho Lima, praised the Chamber for the work done, but above all for Vitória, for its "strength" in the city, and its direction, still presided over by Julio Mendes, for the effort developed by the FPF to to host the first edition of the final phase of the League of Nations, won by Portugal.