A World Cup in the Costa Brava: more than 400 teams and 8.000 players will take part in the MICFootball 2024

The 22nd edition of the international youth football tournament MICFootball (MIC – Mediterranean International Cup) was presented this afternoon at the CosmoCaixa Science Museum in Barcelona and did so with the presence of Oriol Romeu and Cata Coll, footballers from the first teams. male and female of FC Barcelona.

The competition will take place from the 27th to the 31st of this month of March in 40 municipalities in the Girona district. It will do so with a record participation of 412 teams and with the presence of more fields than ever: 56. The more than 8,000 participating players, who will be divided into 9 categories, will play 1,012 games. Figueres will once again host the opening ceremony and will repeat, together with Palamós, as the venue for the finals that will be played between Saturday and Sunday of that week.

With a history that goes beyond two decades and recognized as one of the most prestigious grassroots soccer tournaments in the world, MICFootball has two top-level soccer players as sponsors of this 22nd edition. Oriol Romeu and Cata Coll have reviewed the current events of their respective teams, while the Catalan midfielder has also had time to remember his participation in this championship in 2005.

“It is a unique experience that allows you to face great teams and discover new areas of the Costa Brava. It is a very beautiful week and the MIC allows you to experience sensations similar to those that can be experienced in the Olympic Games. To the boys and girls who will participate this year, I recommend that you enjoy it and not become obsessed only with the victories,” said Romeu. The player has also analyzed the present of his team, a few days before enjoying the return of the round of 16 of the Champions League. “First we have to play on Friday against Mallorca and then we will think about Naples, but it is clear that the result will determine what will happen this season. The Champions League is very important for us and we want to stay alive. The idea of a tie is not It is the ideal, but surely with our people we will have many more options,” he said.

Cata Coll is convinced that the women’s Barça “can win all the titles that are still at stake; the objective is this and we are all very clear about it.” And although she has never participated, she has valued MICFootball very positively. “When I was little I had always heard about it as an important tournament. I wish I had been able to live this experience. I hope that the younger ones can enjoy it this year and learn a lot from everything that happens to them. Furthermore, for many years they have been betting on women’s soccer and that is essential for this sport to continue growing.

The presentation also featured interventions by Anna Julià, Territorial Representative of Sports in Girona of the Generalitat of Catalonia; Juanjo Rovira, director of MICFootball; Jordi Masquef, Sports Deputy of the Girona Provincial Council and vice-president of the Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Girona; Íñigo Roy, director of communication and sponsorship strategy at Caixa Bank, and Valentí Farràs, director of CosmoCaixa. The sports journalist Gerard Romero was the host of the event.



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