More than 20 of Marcet’s teams will be taking part in eight international championships this Easter.
Here at Marcet, Easter is synonymous with tournaments. Where there is competition, there is potential for quality rivals, especially considering some of last Easter’s opponents: Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla, Deportivo La Coruña, Valladolid, Levante, Alavés, Rayo Vallecano, Real Zaragoza…
More than 300 students will make their way to different parts of Europe this year to compete in eight international championships. In total, 22 teams will be travelling the continent these Easter holidays. Among them, four Junior teams and four Cadet teams put together by players from both the Professional Program and the Easter Holiday courses. All students over the age of 14 enrolled in the High-Performance campus will be on at least one of these expeditions, measuring themselves up to professional rivals.
The first days of the course in Barcelona will serve as a ‘draft’ in which they will have to demonstrate their aptitudes before Marcet’s coaching staff. According to their performance, each player will be called to for the tournament that best suits their capabilities. In the second part of the course, students will make their way, with their respective teams, to one of the following championships:
- MIC (Gallery 2018 / Video 2018)
- Oviedo Cup (Gallery 2018 / Gallery 2017 / Video 2017)
- Yellow Cup (Gallery 2016)
- Marina d’Or Cup (Gallery 2018 / Video 2018)
- Copa Jordi (Gallery 2018)
The following video shows last year’s trip to the MIC through the eyes of its MVPs. The tournament’s physical and technical demands put each and every Marcet trainee to the test, giving them no other option than to give it their all out in the pitch. In all, a great opportunity to overcome every variant of practical footballing challenge:
This year the Marcet team that will take part in the MIC will be facing the likes of Barcelona, Villarreal, Betis, Espanyol, Girona, Shakhtar Donetsk and Crystal Palace. On the other hand, the students travelling to Oviedo will be competing with Atlético de Madrid, Athletic de Bilbao, Real Sociedad, Celta Vigo, Real Valladolid, Deportivo La Coruña and Málaga, among others. This article (2018) and the following video (2017) showcase the experience:
The fourteen U14s teams will be divided among the following championships:
Marcet’s students will also partake in three other championships. Some will travel to Castellón for the Primer Toque tournament, where we have previously played Valencia, Rayo Vallecano and Real Zaragoza, among others.
Another group of Marcet’s trainees will head to the Sedriano World Cup in Milan, the most international and diverse tournament of the Easter holidays, something that’ll be somewhat similar to what happened a couple of years ago at the Milano Football Festival, where Marcet’s Alevines were proclaimed champions after beating Inter in the final.
“Traveling the world to compete is a unique experience,” explains pedagogical director Pedro Marcet. “Competing aside, two years ago we visited the Giuseppe Meazza stadium, also known as San Siro, as well as a handful of Milan’s famous monuments. All the children came back with great memories and new friends. If anything it proved to be an enriching experience that ultimately makes them, not only better athletes, but better people as well.”