Marcet teams go on tour to play against sides such as Sevilla, Villarreal, Oviedo and Sporting de Gijón.
Christmas presents always arrive a little earlier for Marcet students. Every year, at the beginning of December, teams from the High Performance Academy travel far and wide throughout Spain to face some of the best sides on the Peninsula. The 2019-20 season was no exception, with four expeditions to Granada, Ávila, Oviedo and Valencia.
For five days, two teams – one of the U-16’s and one of the U-18’s – set up camp in Andalusia in the Marcet residence located in the town of Puebla de Don Fadrique. From there they travelled to Murcia to face Real Murcia and EFB Pinatar. However, the most eagerly awaited match was against Sevilla, who were ultimately defeated 0-2 by Marcet Academy’s U-16’s Pro A.
The video at the top of this page tells the story of an expedition that was hard due to both the weather conditions and the many hours accumulated aboard the bus. A sacrifice that was nevertheless rewarded with the opportunity to play against one of the best youth teams in Spain. This encounter boasted the presence of a former Marcet pupil, Óliver Torres, who acted as host when the two teams arrived at the training grounds of Sevilla.
Another expedition, the most numerous, travelled to Asturias. Three teams – one of the U-16’s and two U-18’s- stayed in Mieres and competed against Real Oviedo and Sporting de Gijón, two historic Spanish football teams that have become regular rivals in recent years. The Marcet A, flagship of this Academy, managed to defeat both teams, 1-2 and 1-3 respectively. Other local teams – such as Veriña – completed the tapestry of the clashes of the Asturian expedition.
Two other teams travelled to Castilla y León to face Atlético Casarrubuelos, the Unionistas of Salamanca and Diocesanos of Ávila. In the rest of the cases, the rivals were always carefully chosen on the basis of the level of each team. The aim is always to play evenly balanced matches that allow students to test themselves in order for them to serve as an incentive for progress.
In addition to the U-16’s and U-18’s, some of the youngsters also left Barcelona for a few days over the bank holiday. The U-12’s and U-14’s travelled to Valencia, where they stayed at Marcet’s Vallada residence. Besides playing against local teams such as Onda or Sporting la Pobla, some of them were able to face Villarreal. The U-14 A team starred in a great game against the ‘Yellow Submarine’, despite losing 4-3.
Apart from the results achieved by each team, this season’s expeditions resulted in a positive balance at both an organizational and sporting level. The search for rivals of a similar level to face – apart from the federated competitions – is one of the main tasks of the Marcet Academy, since competing against big teams is essential for keeping the cogs turning in the sporting formation of our players.