31 March 2018
Atlético de Madrid, Betis, Sevilla and Paris Saint Germain, winners of the first finals of the MICFootball’18
The Palamós-Costa Brava Municipal Stadium was the scenario, this afternoon, for the first four football finals of the 18th edition of the MIC-Mediterranean International Cup, which were won by the Sevilla FC, in 11-a-side football, and Real Betis, in 7-a-side football, and the women’s teams of Paris Saint Germain, in junior-cadets, and Atletico de Madrid, in junior-beginners.
The Palamós stadium, where more than 3.000 spectators attended the event, including Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of FC Barcelona; Jordi Roura and Aureli Altimira, both responsible for amateur training football of the Catalan team; David Bellver, president of MICSports; Lluís Puig, Mayor of Palamós; Jordi Bonet, Provincial Delegate of the Catalan Football Federation; and Carles Salgas, Sports Deputy of the Girona Provincial Council, among others.
The MIC-Mediterranean International Cup, which this year has broken a record with 372 participating teams from 42 different countries, will end tomorrow with the five youth finals, and first and second year cadets and children, which will be divided between Palamós and Figueres.
In the woman’s young-childish category (G), of 7-a-side football, which have been regained in this edition with the support of Danone, the winner has been Atlético de Madrid after overcoming RCD Espanyol (4-1) in the final. The mattress team had already won at the blue-and-white footballers in the group stage. It has also been ahead on the scoreboard during all the title duel, with goals from Laura Fernández, who has scored twice, María Delgado and Laura Tanarro. The honour point of RCD Espanyol, which placed the 2-1 provisional in the second half of the match, was scored by Judith Ferrer. During the tournament, Atlético de Madrid, who have won all six games, had defeated CE Sant Gabriel and PBB La Roca at the semi-finals and quarter-finals, respectively.
- Best player: Iria Olvido (Atlético de Madrid)
- Best goalkeeper: Yaiza Mercader (Sant Gabriel)
In the beginners’ category of 7-a-side football (E), category that also counts with the support of Danone, Real Betis have been proclaimed champion after defeating Valencia CF in the final (2-3). The Sevillians have put the duel on track in the first half of the match with goals of Javier Álvarez, Dayron Vidas and Juan Díaz. When only were ten minutes left in the game, the Valencia CF has awakened with the goals of Ethan Sabater and Cesar Bonafe. However, the team have not had time to force the penalty shootout. The green and white have won all eight MICFootball’18 matches and before overcoming the Valencian team have left behind RCD Espanyol, in the penalties, EC Granollers and CF Reus. This is the fourth consecutive beginners’ final lost by Valencia CF, who had been eliminated by FC Barcelona, AEC Manlleu and FC Martinenc before being defeated by Real Betis.
- Best player: Álvaro Justo (Real Betis)
- Best goalkeeper: Erik Cava (FC Barcelona)
In the beginners’ category of 11-a-side football (D), Sevilla FC have been the winner of the title after beating FC Barcelona in the penalty shootout. The two teams were in the final after winning all six previous games and have offered an equal final, but without goals (0-0). The Sevillians have been more successful since the eleven meters (3-4) and before winning the Catalan team had left behind CF Damm, Total Futbol Academy and Pateadores. FC Barcelona, which accumulates eight titles in this category, before losing the final had eliminated Chelsea FC, Athletic Club Bilbao and Norwegian Soccer Academy.
- Best player: Jan Montes (FC Barcelona)
- Best goalkeeper: Emilio José Gutiérrez (Sevilla FC)
For their part, in the junior women’s junior category of 11-a-side football (F), Paris Saint-Germain have revived the title against the same opponents, Atlético Madrid (1-0). A solitary goal from Wissem Bouzid with a shot crossed with her left leg, only at ten minutes of the end of the match, has allowed the French to raise the cup and again leave the Atlético de Madrid without the trophy. PSG, which has won all six matches of the MICFootball tournament, had eliminated RCD Espanyol and FC Internazionale Milano between the semi-finals and quarter-finals, and Atlético Madrid, el Futfem Talentos and JFA Academy Imabari.
- Best player: Kenza Allaoui (Paris Saint-Germain)
- Best goalkeeper: Paula Vizoso (Atletico Madrid)