Bebé, European and world futsal champion, finished his career at the age of 39 and will now dedicate himself to running his mother’s restaurant, but leaves the door open for his return to futsal, medium or long. term, but in other functions.
“In the beginning, the restaurant is something I want to do, especially because my mother is already 73 years old and is already preparing to leave the restaurant. I have to organize things and for the time being it will be in the restaurant where I will dedicate myself and spend more time. I also take the opportunity to spend it with my family, with my three children, who were deprived of me for so long “, the former goalkeeper emphasized in an interview with the Lusa agency.
Euclides Vaz, better known by the nickname Bebé, concluded a long career with twenty years full of success, emerging as one of the most successful players ever in Portuguese futsal, but will continue to wear the restaurant shirt, with the which appeared. in the interview, which took place in the Leões pavilion in Porto Salvo, in Oeiras.
“For now, I’ll be out for a while. [do futsal]but if there is an invitation for a project in which I can help in the development of the modality and if it is good for me and for the entity that invites me, I will not look back and I will accept it “, he said. .
Celebrated a few days ago the fourth anniversary of the establishment, Bebé helped, from the first moment, to make his mother’s dream of having a restaurant come true, reconciling his management with training and games in Leões de Porto Salvo , where he stayed for five years. years. , after eleven in the service of Benfica, in which he added dozens of trophies to the list.
“It simply came to our notice then. I proudly say I managed to win. They are completely different realities. The main goal of the Lions is to educate. It was a very big change in sports life, even in terms of mentality. My goal was to help the Lions grow and also give a little mental click. Looking back, I think I helped the Lions take that step, “he said.
However, he recalled that the first six months at the club were perhaps the most difficult period of his career, although he also recalled the scaphoid injury of 2009, which left him out for eight months, and some moments at Benfica where he had few. minutes.
“It was a tremendous challenge, I went through difficult times, but after five years, it was a beautiful battle won. Defendant, at the time, even said he was depressed, half joking, half serious. After all this time, I managed to turn around and leave with a sense of accomplishment “, said the European and world champion.
These titles, “the most important of his career”, were already obtained in the service of Leões de Porto Salvo, at a time when many already considered him finished after leaving Benfica and the most professional context of the sport, although he maintained the confidence of coach Jorge Braz to offer experience in Portugal.
“It was fun because I won the top titles, with the exception of the Champions League [pelo Benfica]they were already here [em Porto Salvo]. Some friends of mine told me that everything I had to earn, I already won, I would not win anymore. The probability was very high, but luckily I won these very special titles, in the service of my country, with a fantastic group of athletes, coach and environment “, he underlined.
With 136 matches for Portugal, Bebé won, in addition to the European Championship (2018), the World Cup (2021) and the Champions League (2010), seven championships, eight Super Cups and six Portuguese Cups, also representing the ‘Sporting, Castelo and Os Económicos. , where he started, after graduating in football, in the ‘lions’ and the Sacavenense.