The first rounds of European competitions, as well as early, give many curious stories. One of them is the Tartu FC Santos, whose name is inspired by the team in which Pele played for 18 years.
A doctor, a real estate agent, a prison officer and several students are part of this team from Tartu, the second largest city in Estonia with just over 100,000 inhabitants. This Thursday will debut in continental competition against the Norwegian Tromsø IL.
Team of third division, obtained its European place when arriving at the end of Glass of Estonia , in which it lost before Levadia Tallinn, that will play the first rounds of the Champions League when having proclaimed champion of the Meistriliiga.
President Meelis Eelmäe tells his story on UEFA’s official website. “When we founded the club, we did not want our kids to play traditional Estonian football, we chose the Brazilian way, we want to play football with a lot of dribbling and short passes, football is like a saint to us and that is what Santos means in Portuguese.”he commented.
The highest leader of Santos faces with illusion what will be the greatest milestone in the history of the club. “We are not afraid, every European match, regardless of who the rival is, gives you a very valuable experience, it is the most important thing for us, we have evolved quickly, but this is not our limit. We want to be in the top category in two. Years, and return to Europe in three or four, “he said.
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