Valencia CF vs Espanyol

Feb, 17 / 16:15 Matchday 24

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
March, 29 2018

The second edition of the Valencia CF Soccer Cup welcomes more than 100 clubs

More than one hundred teams from many different countries will participate in the tournament that lasts until Sunday 1st April

The Valencia CF Soccer Cup has got underway for the second occasion, this Thursday, with 102 teams from around the world welcomed to the club’s Paterna training ground to get a chance to have an experience of a lifetime. More than 1,500 boys and girls will participate in the competition, seeing the figure from last year rise by 30%. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 will play in various different categories, as well as one competition welcoming teams with mental handicaps.

Edu Arnau of R&O Events shared that “the tournament this year will be speaking eight different languages, but the important thing is to enjoy playing. As well as playing good football, respect, education and fair play will be adhered to, because by following and using these values it is how you grow as both a player and a person.”

Clubs from nine countries will be present, representing four continents: Africa, North America, Asia and Europe. Outfits from the Netherlands, Algeria, Russia, the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, the United States of America, Italy and Spain will feature, with clubs such as Spartak Moscow, Zenit, FC Utrecht, Prostars Academy, Leyton Orient, Eagleclaw FC, Calcio Pamela Conti, Tokyo Verdy and ASS Akbou getting involved. From Spain, Valencia CF, Atletico Madrid, FC Barcelona, Levante UD and Villarreal CF will be represented.

Pablo Mantilla, the general director of the Valencia CF Foundation, explained “our aim was to bring football to everyone who has had it tough. Football is for everyone, it is an inclusive sport. Nine years ago we set up the VCF Ladies team and more recently we have started a version of the sport for those with mental disabilities. We have been pioneers in this sense and those who have handicaps won’t be missing out, the level of play will surprise you.”

Luis Martinez, who is responsible for Valencia CF’s international academies, went on: “Our aim is to get Valencia CF out there more, so that every time this happens there are more Valencianistas around the world. With this experience, we offer players the chance to play at top-level facilities that the first team use, and this is another bit of motivation for playing.”

One of the new features of the tournament this time around, as Luis Martinez explained, “is to open Mestalla for the tournament. To head out of the tunnel and to have people there in the stands, this is an experience that will stick with them forever.” At the end of the tournament, the players will be given their medals in the stadiums in front of their fellow competitors and their families. The finales will be playing at the Antonio Puchades stadium, before the players will get a chance to go on the club’s Mestalla Forever Tour and listen to some coaches who will explain the Valencia CF way.

At the end of the opening ceremony, Miguel Tendillo made a closing statement on behalf of the VCF Academy: “For me, the most important thing isn’t taking part, but to enjoy it. There are a lot of languages here, but football is a universal one. Enjoy it.”