Madrid, June 26 600 teams of 20 different nationalities met this Monday, for the third consecutive year, at the Cívitas Metropolitano stadium to celebrate MADCUP, the international grassroots football tournament in collaboration with the Atlético de Madrid Academy and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).
The competition, which began on June 23 and will end on June 28, has the participation of big clubs from all over the world such as Tigres, Juventus Academy, Fenerbahce, Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
More than 12,000 players enjoyed the party at the Metropolitano this Monday, together with the 24,000 relatives displaced to the Spanish capital.
In this grassroots football festival, the participants paraded on the grass of the rojiblanco stadium displaying the flags of their countries and the emblems of their teams.
David Villa, tournament ambassador and former Atlético de Madrid and Valencia player, among others, said that for him MADCUP “is a very good initiative”, and that “there are more and more teams in youth football, and more clubs , parents and children who want to enjoy this type of tournament. It is very good that values are promoted and that there is competitiveness”.
Fran Perea, Juan Magán, as well as Biuti Bambú with Clara Alvarado and Ichi Segovia performed on the Metropolitano lawn. And all this was enjoyed by boys and girls from Prebenjamín to U19, as well as the spectacle of the parachute brigade that landed on the grass of the rojiblanco stadium.
For her part, Sonia Majarín, a women’s Atlético de Madrid player, expressed that “it is a good initiative to bring together so many children, especially here in this stadium and in this city. There are many teams for both boys and girls and for the club to support this tournament is super important”.
The MADCUP will end on the 28th at the Wanda Alcalá de Henares Sports City, the main venue of the championship and the place where Atlético de Madrid Femenino trains. There the finals will be played and the prizes will be awarded to the champions.
Starting in the group stage, the tournament will use VAR technology, hand in hand with professional RFEF referees. EFE