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Miguel Albuquerque promises to improve support for professional football in Madeira – off the field

Miguel Albuquerque promises to improve support for professional football in Madeira – off the field

The head of the regional government congratulated Nacional on the promotion and guaranteed more support for the island's clubs

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The President of the Regional Government of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque, today congratulated Nacional on its promotion to the division and confirmed that it is available to “improve the financial support” of professional football clubs in Madeira.

On the sidelines of an event held in Quinta Magnolia, in Funchal, to honor young Madeira athletes who have excelled in various sports, Miguel Albuquerque said that the Madeira executive would “rethink support” for sports in accordance with “financial sustainability” and “transparency.” In the standards.

Without providing figures, the head of Madeira's executive stated that one of the criteria to be taken into account to improve support would be the current “inflation” rate, as well as “some improvements necessary for high competition.”

Regarding Nacional, which will compete next season in the Spanish League, and Marítimo, which is still struggling to reach the playoffs in order to rise to the highest level in Portuguese football, Miguel Albuquerque said that “everything is open to start negotiations.” With clubs in the next government framework,” in addition to reviewing the policy of supporting amateur sports.

“The president of Nacional knows very well the agreement he concluded four years ago with the government,” Miguel Albuquerque said, regarding the criticism made by Rui Alves on Sunday regarding the sports support policy of the Madeira regional government.

For professional football, “a four-year contract has been agreed with the clubs”, which in the case of the First League teams is worth 1,750 million euros, while in the case of the Second League teams it is worth 875,000 euros, being that it was concluded that only now can the balance be restored. these numbers.

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Miguel Albuquerque confirmed that “we have finished paying for” the Madeira stadium, where Nacional plays, two years ago, which cost “about 29 million euros”, and then said that Madeira's CEO is still “paying for the Marítimo stadium”.

Miguel Albuquerque also took the opportunity to congratulate Nacional on their return to Ligue 1 football and expressed his hope that Marítimo could also achieve the same feat, something that would leave him “very satisfied”.

By Lusa