Where Clubs Become Nations
Football lovers can now schedule your January holiday in the United States. The fifth edition of the Florida Cup is confirmed the participation of two of the most successful clubs in world football: São Paulo Futebol Clube, World Tricampeão clubs by FIFA and AFC Ajax, champion of the UEFA Champions League.
In addition, for the second consecutive year, the Fan Fest tournament will guarantee entertainment and fun for the whole family at the theme parks of Universal Orlando Resort.
The year 2019 also marks the first appearance of AFC Ajax in the competition. One of the most successful clubs in Europe, with 33 titles and four Dutch Championship titles in the UEFA Champions League, Ajax belongs to the select group of consecutive three-time champions the main club tournament in Europe. Which group account as well as Ajax, with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. The club is also known worldwide for its great tradition in revealing great players in their basic categories. From there out names like Marco Van Basten, Van der Sar, Bergkamp, Seedorf, Edgar Davids, Sneijder, Van der Vaart, among others.
“In a period so important to our core team, we had to choose a place with excellent infrastructure, high-level opponents, suitable climate, where everything is very well organized. It will be our second participation in the Florida Cup, we are very happy with the invitation and certain choice for a pre-season excellence, “said Rai, football club executive.
Last year, Rai met near the premises of the Florida Cup. He was not yet part of the are-Pauline board, but traveled to the United States at the invitation of the club, acting as ambassador of São Paulo in the competition.
Edwin van der Sar, CEO of AFC Ajax, participate in the Florida Cup means a unique opportunity. “It is essential for a team to play against international teams. This will help us prepare for the second half of the season. In addition our presence at the event suits our international strategy, as we aim to grow in the US market. Our first game will be broadcast in prime time in both North America and in South America, reaching millions of fans of Ajax. We will make it a spectacle, “he said.
São Paulo and Ajax have met only once in 1997, in a friendly held at Morumbi, during a tour of the Dutch club in South America. The game ended tied at 1-1 and was stopped after 35 minutes of the second half due to heavy fog that took the stage.
FLORIDA CUP 2019
Traditional to promote major international clashes between South American teams and Europeans during the pre-season period of Brazilian football, the Florida Cup offers extensive infrastructure for teams to perform a preparation of excellence – with training centers, hotels and high-level matches -aliada commercial opportunities on a global platform, giving many benefits on and off the field. “Our priorities remain the technical delivery to participating clubs and generating great commercial opportunities to be explored. We seek to work with clubs with international aspirations and plan for the brand in new markets. We are excited about the prospects drawn with Ajax and Sao Paulo. “Said Ricardo Villar, CEO of florida Cup.
The Florida Cup 2019 will be held from the second week of January. The organization will release new participants and other news via social media in the coming weeks. An official announcement will still be held in September, containing the full table games, stadium seats, information on ticket purchase and more. Fans and journalists can now register on the site www.floridacup.com to receive updates about the event in real time.
Tourists who plan to travel to Orlando can start buying your tickets early packages of games and other events through tour operators and authorized agencies listed on the event website.
Largest annual sporting event international of Central Florida, the Florida Cup is a tradition in the month of January in Orlando (USA), city that received over 72 million tourists in 2017. In four years, the competition has four teams two countries to clubs from all over the world, thus becoming a global event. Today the Florida Cup is more than a football tournament; It is a global platform that combines sports and entertainment.
Have participated Florida Cup: Leverkusen (ALE), Estudiantes (ARG), FC Köln (ALE), Legia Warsaw (POL) Millonarios (COL), PSV (HOL) Ranger FC (ESC), River Plate (ARG ), Santa Fe (COL), Schalke 04 (GER), Shakhtar Donetsk (UCR), Wolfsburg (GER), Atlético Mineiro, Bahia, Corinthians, Fluminense, Internacional, Sao Paulo, Vasco da Gama, Atletico Nacional (COL), Barcelona (EQU), Fort Lauderdale Strikers (USA) and Tampa Bay Rowdies (USA).