01 April 2018
Triumph of Espanyol in the last day of MICFootball’18
The Palamós-Costa Brava Municipal Stadium and the Vilatenim Stadium in Figueres hosted five simultaneous finals this morning in the closing ceremony of a MIC – Mediterranean International Cup which this year celebrated its 18th anniversary. The winners were RCD Espanyol, in categories C1 and B1, Tuttifutbol Academy, in C2, RC Celta, in B2, and UE Llagostera, in category A.
The Palamós-Costa Brava Municipal Stadium, where more than 3.000 spectators were present, including Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of FC Barcelona; Jordi Roura and Aureli Altimira, responsible for amateur football training of the Barcelona team; David Bellver, president of MICSports; Lluís Puig, mayor of Palamós; Pere Vila, president of the Provincial Council of Girona and Jordi Pujols, delegate of Sports of the Generalitat, among others.
In the Vilatenim Stadium, in Figueres, about 2.000 spectators have enjoyed the finals of the cadet and first year children, the new categories of the tournament. The winners of the matches have been the Celtic RC and Tuttifutbol Academy. The event has been attended by the Councillor for Sports Figueres, Jordi Masquef, and the regional delegate of the Catalan Football Federation, Manuel Núñez.
In the first-year children’s category (C2), a new creation, the Tuttifutbol Academy has won the title after overcoming Athletic Club de Bilbao in the penalty shootout. Gaizka Alboniga-Menor had advanced the Basques in the first half and, when only were ten minutes to end the match, David Gil has forced the extra time for the Maresme team. Tuttifutbol, an academy from Mataró that has players from different clubs in the area, inaugurates its record at MICFootball’18, where it had left behind teams such as Tottenham Hotspur, Maccabi Haifa and Sport Club Bni Yafo Ortodoksim. Lezama’s side, meanwhile, were in the final after eliminating Gimnàstic Manresa, San Diego and UD Poblense.
– Best goalkeeper: Santiago Gomero (Gimnàstic Manresa)
– Best player: Peio Canales (Athletic Club Bilbao)
Meanwhile, in the Palamós-Costa Brava Municipal Stadium, the RCD Espanyol second year children (C1) have beaten FC Barcelona 1-0. A goal from Ángel Alarcón at the start of the second half has been enough for the whites and blues to win the final. Along the tournament, the RCD Espanyol eliminated Atlético de Madrid (3-0) in the semi-finals, while FC Barcelona defeated Girona FC (4-0).
– Best goalkeeper: Oriol Ciurana (RCD Espanyol)
– Best player: Adrià Capdevila (FC Barcelona)
In the first-year cadet category (B2), which has been created this year, the champion has been the Celtic RC after beating Valencia CF in the final (1-0) held in Figueres. A solitary goal from Yago Santiago at the end of the break allowed the Galicians to take the MICFootball’18 trophy. Before winning, Celtic RC, who have won all of their seven games, had eliminated FC Honka Academy, Bethesda Soccer Academy and De Anza Force. Valencia CF, who had missed out on the 7-a-side football title the day before, in B2 had qualified in the final after beating CE Vila Olímpica, FS Metta and Alphense Boys.
– Best goalkeeper: David Biazrov (Zenit)
– Best player: Damián Rodríguez (RC Celta)
The second Barcelona derby of the morning has been taken in Palamós. The match has been competed between RCD Espanyol against FC Barcelona in category B1, which corresponds to the second-year cadets. Again, the whites and blues took the final, this time after defeating FC Barcelona in the penalty shootout, a game that has ended with a zero-zero tie. This is the third time that RCD Espanyol wins this category of the trophy. In the semi-finals, the white and blue had defeated the Gimnàstic Manresa, while the Barcelona team had passed against the Villarreal.
– Best goalkeeper: Mykyta Turbaievskyi (FC Shaktar)
– Best player: Robert Navarro (FC Barcelona)
The last match of MICFootball’18 was played by EU Llagostera and Girona FC in the youth category (A). The Girona have advanced in the second half with a goal by Mateo Enríquez, but the Llagostera team have managed to tie the game at the last minute in a lateral foul that Aleix Pla shoot with his head. In the penalty shootout, EU Llagostera were better and won 4-2, winning their first MICFootball tournament.
Best goalkeeper: Carlos Sanz (Atletico Madrid)
Best player: Adrià Bernabé (FC Barcelona)