Tech United soccer robots win European crown in Portugal

The TU/e team of soccer robots, Tech United, won the final of the Portuguese Robotics Open in Portugal today, beating their Portuguese opponents CAMBADA by a score of 2-0. The Portuguese tournament is the unofficial European Championship for robot soccer. At the end of July the TU/e team will be defending its World title in Japan.

Tech United and the home team CAMBADA were clearly the two best teams of the tournament, having both reach the final after seven victories and one draw, against each other when the score was 2-2. In the final the Eindhoven robots quickly raced to 2-0 halfway through the first half (after around 15 minutes), an advantage they held until the last whistle. Despite having to play much of the second half without one of its players, due to a technical hitch, the team still managed to hold on to its lead.

“It’s great to win here,” team captain Lotte de Koning said after the match. “It’s gives us confidence heading to the Worlds in Japan.” She felt that the difference with the drawn match earlier against CAMBADA lay in her team’s less predictable play and better ball interceptions.

Of particular note is the performance of the Veldhoven team, ASML Falcons, formed just a couple of years ago, which took third spot, beating a number of experienced teams along the way. The ASML team plays with robots derived from those of TU/e.

Pictures from the tournament can be found on Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/techunited/

Videos of the tournament are on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TechUnited