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Girona FC squad to visit Kochi for the Toyota Yaris LaLiga World tournament

Published in Sports Wednesday, 18 July 2018 17:58

 

The Spanish club’s top players will play against Kerala Blasters and Melbourne City FC on their first ever visit to India 

 

LaLiga’s surprise package of the 2017/18 season, Girona FC will visit India for the first time for the Toyota Yaris LaLiga World tournament stating from the 24th to 28th July 2018. The matches againstA League’s Melbourne City FCand ISL’s Kerala Blasters will take place at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kerala, with a 19:00 IST kick off on 27th and 28th July 2018 respectively. This will be only the second team from a top European league to play in India, and the first ever from Spain’s top division league, LaLiga.

With increased interest amongst Indian audiences for various football tournaments, leagues and players, football is on the rise in India. LaLiga has been constantly ranked as one of the best football leagues in the world and the move to bring a Top 10 club to India is to cater to the passionate football fans in this country. 

Girona FC made their debut in LaLiga for the first time, in the 2017-18 season, following their promotion from the Segunda Division. The team had some extraordinary performances against top ranked teams like Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and more. One of LaLiga’s biggest success stories over the last couple of seasons, are all set to put on their best show against Melbourne City FC and Kerala Blasters on 27th and 28th July 2018 in Kochi.  

Girona FC Team Squad:

Sr. NoLAST NAMENAMEPOSITION

1IRAIZOZ MORENOGORKAKEEPER

2BOUNOUYASSINEKEEPER

3VITO BREZMESMARCKEEPER

4ESPINOSA ZÚÑIGABERNARDO JOSÉDEFENDER

5RAMALHO CHIMENOJONASDEFENDER

6ALCALÁ GUIRADOPEDRODEFENDER

7GRANELL NOGUÉÀLEXMIDFIELDER

8PONS RIERAPEREMIDFIELDER

9PORTUGUÉS MANZANERACRISTIANSTRIKER

10BENÍTEZ CARABALLOFRANCISCO ADAYDEFENDER

11RAMÍREZ LÓPEZJUAN PEDRODEFENDER

12TIMOR COPOVIDAVIDMIDFIELDER

13LOZANO COLÓNANTONY RUBÉNSTRIKER

14MUNIESA MARTÍNEZMARCDEFENDER

15PLANAS ANTOLÍNEZCARLESDEFENDER

16GARCÍA FREIREBORJAMIDFIELDER

17CORIS CARDEÑOSASEBASTIÀDEFENDER

18ALCARAZ JIMÉNEZRUBÉNMIDFIELDER

19ANDZOUANAYHOAN MANYSTRIKER

20SONIKEVIN OLIVIERSTRIKER

21GARCIA SERRANO ALEIXMIDFIELDER

22PORRO SAUCEDAPEDRO ANTONIOSTRIKER

 

Jose Cachaza, Country Manager India, LaLiga said, “We massively look forward to Girona FC’s visiting and playing in India for the first time. Knowing the love for the most beautiful game in this country, we are sure the fans are as excited as we are to watch the matches. Seeing a top ten LaLiga football club in person will surely spark a change in the footballing environment of this country and we are glad to have played our part to make it happen for the fans in India.” 

DelfíGeli, President of Girona FC said: “It is an honour for our club to participate in this tournament in India.For Girona FC it will be a special experience as it will be the first time our team has played away from Europe since its foundation 88 years ago.

We are looking forward to starting the tournament and showing the football that we have displayed in LaLiga to the Indian football fans and the world.”

About LaLiga

Founded in 1984, LaLiga (Liga de Fútbol Profesional) is a sports association comprising the 42 teams that make up the first and second divisions of professional football in Spain. LaLiga, based in Madrid, is responsible for the LaLiga Santander and LaLiga 123 leagues and the television production, which in the 2016/2017 season reached more than 2.5 billionpeople globally. The association also has an active foundation and is the only world’s only professional football league with a league for intellectually challenged footballers: LaLiga Genuine.

 

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