Bebe, the European and world futsal champion who ended his career at the age of 39, will now devote his full attention to managing his mother’s restaurant, but in the medium or long term, he is not ready for a return to the futsal. System football clubs open their doors, but among other roles.
«Originally, this restaurant was something I wanted to devote myself to because my mother was getting old – 73 – and she was about to leave the restaurant. I have to schedule things, and at the moment, I’m going to devote more time and spend more time in the restaurant. Also taking this opportunity to spend with my family and my three children who have been deprived of me for so long », highlighted the former goalkeeper in an interview with the Lusa agency.
Euclides Vaz, better known by the nickname Bebé, ended a long career with two decades of achievement as the player with the most titles in Portuguese futsal history One, but he will continue to wear the restaurant jersey he appeared in. Interviews take place at the Leões de Porto Salvo pavilion in Oeiras.
“Now, I’m going out for a while. [do futsal]but if there is an invitation to a project, I can help develop that model, and if it’s good for me and the entity that invited me, I won’t look back, I’ll take it,” he said.
Celebrating its fourth anniversary a few days ago, Bebé has helped realize his mother’s dream of opening a restaurant from the start, reconciling its management with training and games in Leões de Porto Salvo, where he has been for five years. After eleven, he played for Benfica, in which he added dozens of trophies to the list.
“Without a doubt, this is the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced. I’m proud to say I won. They are completely different realities. The main goal of Lions is education. It’s a very big change in sports life, even in The same goes for the mentality aspect. My goal was to help Lions grow and give some mental hits. Looking back, I believe I helped Lions take this step,” he said.
However, he recalls that the first six months at the club were probably the most complicated period of his career, although he remembers a navicular injury in 2009 that kept him out for eight months, as well as a few moments at Benfica , he barely has minutes.
«It was a big challenge, I went through tough times, but five years later, it’s a beautiful battle. The defendant even said at the time that I was frustrated, half joking and half serious. After so long, I finally turned around and left here with a sense of accomplishment », emphasizing the European and world champions.
These “most important” titles of his career had already been won in the service of Leões de Porto Salvo, at a time that many already thought was over after leaving Benfica and the sport’s more professional background, although he kept selectors Jorge Jorge Braz is confident of giving Portugal experience.
«It’s funny because I’ve won the most amazing title other than the Champions League [pelo Benfica]already here [em Porto Salvo]. Some of my friends told me that I have to win everything, I have won and I will not win again. The odds are very high, but fortunately, I have won these very special titles, serving my country, with a great group of athletes, coaches and environment », he stressed.
Bebe made 136 appearances for Portugal, winning 7 titles, 8 Super Cups and 6 Portuguese Cups in addition to winning the European Cup (2018), World Cup (2021) and Champions League (2010). Representing Sporting, Castro and Os Económicos., he started working at ‘leões’ and Sacavenense after graduating from football.