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236 teams from all over the world will participate in the Mare Nostrum Cup football

Representatives of Mare Nostrum and politicians presented the event.

Salou. Costa Dorada. 24 March 2018. More than 3,000 soccer players will participate in half a thousand matches that make up the Mare Nostrum Cup football competition. The Costa Dorada competition will celebrate its 18th this year. edition and will face teams from different places in Spain and Catalonia with teams made up of players from countries in Europe, Asia and America. In total, 236 teams will play in a score of football fields in different locations. Taking into account that the 3,000 participants will be joined by the same number of companions, the Costa Dorada will reach 6,000 people who become sports tourists who will stay in hotels in the area.

This tournament has already established itself as a benchmark in the whole country and focuses on grassroots football and has the participation of teams from the category Prebenjamín to the juvenile in men and an Open category in women.

The act of presentation has had the Manager of Mare Nostrum, Delfín Vives; the Director of the Tournament, José Masip and the Sports Director of Salou Football, Albert Viñas; the Councilor of Tourism of the City council of Salou, Benet Dams; and the Sports Coordinator of the Town Hall of Salou, Juan Hernández.

The tournament, in exponential growth in recent years, takes advantage of the facilities of the Sports Complex Salou Soccer to carry out the bulk of the matches, but to size the sport activity have also had
look for other equipment. They will count with the 11 fields of the CE Futbol Salou, the municipal soccer field of Salou, 6 soccer fields in Reus, 3 in Tarragona and 1 in the Catllar. A high turnout that, Albert Viñas, has
affirmed that: "the direct economic impact that the territory will suppose this edition of the Mare Nostrum Cup, together with that of basketball, will be about two million euros".

Benet Presas wanted to highlight the importance of the magnitude that the tournament has taken: "events like this are very good for our area, since sport helps us to work on seasonality.
destination of sports tourism and, in part, it is thanks to the facilities of the Salou Soccer Sports Complex. Now, our goal is to consolidate the sport. ", adding that both players and families who come to
tournament are "prescribers of the municipality."

For his part, Albert Viñas stressed in reference to the future of this tournament, that "we have raised two lines of growth, one is more transversal, that is, we want to extend the tournament with more sports and more dates during the territory. of growth we see it in a flood during Holy Week, since a priori we see no limits ". The Sports Director commented that "on the one hand, we have soccer fields all over the territory, we have no problems regarding accommodation in the area, and on logistics, our goal would be to reach 300 teams, and we believe that this is credible and sustainable ".

A tournament that never stops growing

Albert Viñas also wanted to highlight the growth of this tournament in recent years. Going from 120 teams, four years ago, to 240. On this data, the number of international teams has also grown: "The first year, the presence of these teams was 5% and, this year, we are between 25-30 % ". For this reason, Viñas stressed that "we are very surprised, because we even have proposals to organize the Mare Nostrum Cup outside of Spain".

Thus, the Costa Dorada will be the capital of Football in Holy Week, once again, a reference of formative football in the area, and by extension, to Catalonia and Spain. As José Masip said: "we hope it will be
once again, a successful participation and organization, guaranteeing a few days of recreation and conviviality for all the participants and a motive of promotion for our territory "

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