The world's best teams compete in the roller hockey Champions League in Porto

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The Super Bock Arena - Pavilhão Rosa Mota is once again part of roller hockey history. Futebol Clube do Porto, Sporting Clube de Portugal, Óquei de Barcelos and Olivereirense are fighting for the biggest European title on 11 and 12 May, in a final made of national talent. The competition is supported by the Porto City Council.

At the press conference to launch the WSE Champions League - Final Four by Azemad, which took place this Tuesday at the Super Bock Arena - Pavilhão Rosa Mota, Catarina Araújo said that 'this is an investment and not a cost for the city. The Champions League Final Four brings together the four best teams and players in Europe and the world. It allows us to affirm not only our country's sporting excellence, but also its organisation capacity.'

The Councillor for Sport and Youth stressed that 'this final allows Portugal to position itself as a roller hockey benchmark, showing the organisation capacity of Porto, a city that wants to be a centre of excellence for sports and attract more events of this scale. In addition to the financial return it represents'.

Present at the presentation of the competition, João Baldaia, FC Porto's director, emphasised the return to a mythical stage, reinforcing the club's desire to 'repeat the last final and win the trophy, but we'll have to give it our all. All clubs are favourites'.

Sporting was represented by Joaquim Pauls, the club's roller hockey coordinator and former player, who guaranteed that 'we're going to do our best to reach the final'.

Óquei de Barcelos President Hugo Ricardo, who is looking to win back the trophy he won in 1990/91, has set himself the goal of beating Oliveirense and then the final. 'It's not going to be easy, but we hope to win', he said.

Oliveirense's representative, Avelino Bastos, emphasised that this is a trophy that the club is lacking, 'but it will do everything it can to win, despite the very strong opponents'.

The presentation was also attended by the administrator of the Super Bock Arena, Jorge Lopes, Paulo Martins, the managing director of Azemad and thechairman of WSE Rink Hockey, Orlando Panza.

The Final Four is scheduled for 11 and 12 May. The semi-finals pit European champions FC Porto and Sporting against each other at 12 noon on Saturday. Óquei de Barcelos and Oliveirense meet at 4:30 p.m. and the final is scheduled for Sunday.