FC Barcelona, RCD Espanyol and Fundación Marcet pay tribute to Javier Marcet with a triangular that has written one of the happiest pages in the Spanish football community.
It was a genuine football gala, as respects were paid to one of the best footballers from 50s. The 1st Javier Marcet Memorial closed with a triumph by the football academy that the Maestro intended to create when he hung up his boots. In truth, the real winners of the trophy was the football community as a whole, with FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol being at hand to write one of the happiest pages in its history.
“It’s a prestigious tournament that we couldn’t miss out on”, said Robert Cuesta, RCD Espanyol youth coach: “A surname like Marcet needs a triangular like this. He’s part of our clubs history and we never forget about our history”.
The Espanyol outfit, the club where the Maestro built most of his career, beat FC Barcelona in a penalty shootout but eventually lost in the showdown against Marcet. A stunning goal by Erik Aguado, that left Espanyol without any options, won the Memorial Tournament for his club. “We gave everything to win”, stated the Mexican forward, also the captain of the team: “We knew that Barça and Espanyol are two excellent teams and if we didn’t play with 110% from start, we would have conceded various goals. We knew how to stay concentrated and succeeded in winning the tournament”.
Barça coach, Quique Álvarez, said that Fundación Marcet’s team were motivated from the word go. “We knew that they were good. They’re organisationally very assured and they were very competitive. They got their two goals in the first minutes and coming back from behind is a difficult task. The start hurt us a lot”.
Álvarez is referring to the two goals conceded at the beginning of the match, which gave way to a 2-1 victory for Marcet. Ismael Pardo and another for Erik Aguado put the balance in favour for their side right at the beginning of the clash.
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On a day like this, results are the least important. It’s a day of great celebration for the football community. The objective of the Memorial was to celebrate the sport just how Javier Marcet thought of it. As a tool to not only to train sports, but to improve academically and personally. The creation of Fundación Marcet was done precisely as a way to improve the best sport in the world in the two aspects that the Maestro missed out on in his playing days: training individual technical abilities and working on personal values.
“For my grandfather, football had a consequential side”, specified Javier Marcet Señor in the inauguration ceremony. “Football changes lives, helps families and has a great potential to implant values”. For this reason, all three cups given to the participants were exactly the same. None of them had an indication of finishing in a higher place in the Memorial. Because it’s not important who scores more goals or gains more points. The most important thing is that football wins. And football undoubtedly triumphs when everybody wins and gains a step closer to completing their dreams.