João Rodrigues is one of the big names in international rink hockey. The Portuguese player, one of the best players in the world, started this season in Barcelona a new stage within his successful sports career.
In the Barça Lassa squad, the Portuguese striker wants to increase his club record, although this is not his only goal in 2019. In the Catalan city, João also aspires to lead Portugal to the highest podium of the World Championship of Rink Hockey, to be held July 7-14 at the World Roller Games event.
"Playing a World Cup for your country is a very exciting challenge, there is a great feeling. We will try to do our best even though knowing that winning will be very difficult”, says João Rodrigues, who hopes to remain a key player in the Portuguese squad.
“Portugal is in a moment of change because the coach we have had for many years is now president of the Federation and we still do not know with what players the new coach will count on, so I hope to be in the team that will compete in the World Roller Games ", explains the player.
"In Barcelona, the Spanish team will be the great favorite to be crowned World Champion for having the home factor. Among the candidates are Portugal, Argentina, Italy, France and perhaps another selection that might surprise and be a candidate too, such as Angola or Chile", predicts the Portuguese striker, who as his national team and the World Roller Games, have the support of the sports equipment company AZEMAD Sport.
João Rodrigues looks at the World Championship with great ambition, but without a feeling of revenge after losing the final in the penalty shootout: "In the previous World Roller Games, Spain played better and deserved to win. Now we must continue to work to reach the final again because in a game anything can happen. Fighting for gold in Nanjing gave us confidence after many years without qualifying for the World title fight, so we are going with all the motivation. "
"For me, playing the World Cup in Barcelona, which is now my home, and in the Palau Blaugrana where I play with my team, will be very special. I have a lot of ambition", ends the Portuguese star.