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Leiria to host European Team Championships in 2009

The Portuguese city of Leiria has been chosen to host the first ever SPAR European Team Championships in 2009.

The Estadio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa  stadium in Leiria, which previously hosted the second divisions of the European Cup in 2005 & 2008 was fully renovated for the EURO 2004 UEFA Nations Championships.

However, at the time, and subsequently true to their word, the city authorities wanted to leave a legacy for both football and athletics and they have now being rewarded with the Super League in the first edition of the new SPAR European Team Championships.

The venues for the other leagues will be announced in October.

The divisions for the 2009 European Team Championships, which will take place on the weekend of June 20-21, 2009, are as follows:

Super League:

Russia, Great Britain, Poland, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Ukraine, Greece, Sweden, Czech Republic, Portugal

First League:

Belarus, Slovenia, Romania, Turkey, Belgium, Hungary, Netherlands, Finland, Estonia, Switzerland, Serbia, Norway

Second League:

Ireland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Austria, Cyprus

Third League:

Moldova, Israel, Denmark, Bosnia, Iceland, Luxembourg, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Armenia, AASSE, Albania, Andorra, Macedonia

Major Athletics events hosted in Portugal:

European Cups - Various leagues
1983  Lisbon (POR)
1987  Maia (POR)
1991  Viseu (POR)
1996  Lisbon (POR)
2005  Leiria (POR)
2008  Leiria (POR)

SPAR European Cross Country Championships
1997 Oeiras (POR)

IAAF World Junior Championships
1994 Lisbon (POR)

IAAF World Indoor Championships
2001 Lisbon (POR)

IAAF World Cross Country Championships
2000 Vilamoura (POR)

IAAF World Road Race Championships
2003 Vilamoura (POR)