|By Khalis Rifhan
Footballs fans in Singapore will no doubt be anxiously counting down to May 22, when Spanish King’s Cup finalists Atletico Madrid will take to the field at Jalan Besar Stadium to play against a Singapore Selection team.
The Los Rojiblancos, led by its CEO Miguel Angel Gil Martin and head coach Diego Simeone (pictured right), will be heading to the city state with their 20-member first team and two additional players from the reserve squad for the Singapore Olympic Foundation-Peter Lim Charity Cup.
Fans are in for a memorable treat as Atletico’s first team comprises top-notch players in the revered world of football, such as defender Juanfran Torres (member of Spain’s 2012 Euro championship-winning squad), captain Gabi Fernandez, Arda Turan (darling of the Turkish national team), Tiago Mendes (Portuguese international) and star striker Radamel Falcao.
There will be flair and a taste of the Premier League (EPL) as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is on loan from Chelsea, while Emiliano Insua and Tiago Mendes have played in England’s top division with Liverpool and Chelsea respectively.
Prospective EPL players will also be showcasing their talent as Falcao has been linked to a whole platter of clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City, while striker Adrian Lopez (pictured right) is linked to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.
If catching the stars in Singapore is not satisfying enough, lucky fans will be able to win a pair of match tickets to catch a La Liga match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona next season, which comes with a pair of complimentary return economy class plane tickets and paid 3 days and 2 nights accommodation courtesy of the organiser.
All ticket proceeds from this match will go towards the Singapore Olympic Foundation, which aims to help promising young athletes from humble backgrounds chase their dreams of achieving sporting excellence.
There will be a curtain raiser prior to the Charity Cup match as Singapore’s ex-internationals will be taking on a team comprising local celebrities.
Tickets to the match are priced priced at S$50 (grandstand), S$30 (gallery) and S$15 (concession) and fans can purchased it at www.ticketbooth.com.sg, as well as any TicketBooth outlet or AXS machine.