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Lanzarote International Cup

The Lanzarote International Cup will kick off in June, featuring a line-up of top-tier junior teams from Real Madrid, PSG, and Porto, alongside prominent La Liga clubs, Canarian teams, and potentially players from the Premier League, Bundesliga, and Serie A

The Lanzarote International Cup is poised to become a major international event and a prestigious addition to Lanzarote’s already considerable global appeal. Since its announcement last November, the tournament has received an overwhelmingly positive response and numerous offers, according to organiser Pedro Cabrera. “We expect participation from 82 clubs, totalling over 4,000 individuals,” he reports. “This includes players (boys and girls competing together in the Under-9s and Under-12s), coaches, family members, and companions.”
More than just a sporting event, the Lanzarote International Cup embraces inclusivity and tourism, not only showcasing Lanzarote’s potential as a tourist destination but also its ability to host major events. Organisers have received strong support from various institutions and recently signed an agreement with the Las Palmas Football Federation to confirm the participation of the top four Under-9s (Benjamín) and Under-12s teams (Alevín) from Lanzarote as well as the three best U12 teams from Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria.
Matches will be played simultaneously across all seven municipalities on their respective football pitches. However, at the time of going to print, a few details remain undecided, such as the venues for the opening ceremony and the final match. Organiser Pedro Cabrera assures that they are working closely with the clubs and finalising accommodation arrangements for participants.
As of February 25th, confirmed participants include Real Madrid, PSG, Porto, Real Sociedad, UD Las Palmas, CD Tenerife, Cádiz, Osasuna, Getafe, Rayo Vallecano, Sevilla, Málaga, Leganés, and the women’s team Madrid CFF. Efforts to secure the participation of Premier League clubs, the Bundesliga, Serie A, and more Spanish teams are ongoing.
The Cup’s organisers are exploring further innovative ideas, including an inclusive match between Canarian teams and potentially a triangular competition within the tournament. Additionally, to help visitors with transport and promote the island’s tourist attractions, there are plans to implement a scheme called ‘Move Around Lanzarote’ (Muévete por Lanzarote). This involves issuing an active bracelet that provides wearers with a wide range of benefits and aims to engage the entire island in the event.
Finally, plans are underway for a grand opening ceremony in a central location, followed by a spectacular farewell party before the final match. This is designed to celebrate the tournament itself and not just focus on winning.


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