Newly crowned Europa Cup champions, Atletico de Madrid, has shifted focus to the planned friendly against Nigeria’s Home-based Eagles on May 22nd at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium Uyo.
MultiChoice, the provider of digital terrestrial television platform, DSTv and GOtv, is responsible for bringing the Spanish outfit to Nigeria for the special visit and to play in the maiden edition of the GOtv MAX Cup.
The partnership between the Nigerian Professional Football League and LaLiga has also played a major role in organising the match.
LaLiga President, Javier Tebas responded by saying “Once again, LaLiga’s total commitment to fans around the world is evident. This is a historic announcement and we’re very happy to share it with our Nigerian fans. Atletico, one of LaLiga’s most important clubs, will be in Nigeria and will give the local fans out there the opportunity to enjoy the stars close up. Africa, and Nigeria are very important to LaLiga and are also great fans of Spanish football, which we’re very proud of.”
LaLiga ambassador, Mutiu Adepoju said: â€œMultichoice, SuperSport, and GOtv have done well for Nigeria and indeed Nigerian football by bringing Atletico de Madrid here. It shows they are keen on putting Nigeria on the global football map, and they are also providing an opportunity for our players to be noticed by big European clubs.â€
“The Atletico that will come to play the Eagles will be the first team. They will get ready for the trip to Nigeria immediately after Wednesday nightâ€™s Europa League final clash with Marseille. Apart from anybody who may be injured or those who are World Cup bound with their countries, you can expect to see the full team with the technical staff led by Diego Simeoneâ€ he added.
The fixture will allow Nigerian fans to enjoy an array of some of the stars of the world’s best league up close, and watch one of its most iconic clubs, Atletico de Madrid. Atletico have been one of Europeâ€™s most consistent teams in recent seasons, breaking Barcelona and Real Madridâ€™s stranglehold on LaLiga by claiming the title in 2013-14. The match is being played under the umbrella of the LaLiga Foundation’s LaLiga World Challenge programme, through which friendlies are organised between LaLiga clubs and local teams all over the globe.
Spanish LaLiga outfit Atletico de Madrid, is the newly crowned Europa League champions after claiming a dominant 3-0 display over French side Marseille in Lyon on Wednesday night. Atletico is now the second most successful team in the Europa League with 3 titles, second only to Sevilla with 5 titles since the competition was officially renamed.
France forward Antoine Griezmann, who is a doubt for the clash against the home-based Nigerian Super Eagles team due to World Cup preparations, scored twice as Atletico de Madrid swept aside Marseille. Club captain Gabi drilled in the third goal late on as Atletico again lifted the trophy they also won back in 2010 and 2012.