Villarreal and Atletico Madrid have submitted a request to the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for their match in December to be played in Miami. The two clubs made the request through the league body, La Liga and are hoping an agreement would be agreed on.
Villarreal President Fernando Roig has insisted that it would be beneficial for Spanish football’s growth if the request was granted to play the match on December 6th at the Hard Rock Stadium.
A statement posted to Villarreal’s website read: “La Liga, alongside Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, on Thursday presented an official request to the RFEF to play the match between Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, corresponding to La Liga matchday 16, on December 6, 2019, at 10pm Spanish time at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami (Florida, United States).”
“This request is part of La Liga’s international growth strategy. There are millions of La Liga fans around the world. Bringing the clubs closer to these fans represents an important opportunity to connect with them and continue working for the global growth of La Liga on a worldwide level. This international growth has a benefit for the clubs involved, as well as players, fans, La Liga, Spanish football and Spain itself.”
“The choice of teams is due to the interest and availability shown by both clubs. USA, and especially Miami, is an essential part of its growth strategies. Villarreal now have been working in the North American market for various years, through the presence of academies and different training and marketing activities. Atletico Madrid recently completed a successful summer tour of the U.S., where they also took part in the MLS All-Star match in Orlando (Florida).”
“The players and coaching staff from both sides have been told about this and have shown enthusiasm in taking football to their fans in the US. Also the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) has been informed of the request.”
If granted, it would be the first time two Spanish sides will be playing a league match outside Spain. However, latest reports suggests that the Spanish FA would fully oppose the move.
By: Dammy Eneli
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