Tournament held in the United States is tradition in the football calendar
Consolidated in the calendar of world football, the Florida Cup will for its fourth edition in January 2018, between 10 and 20 January, in the United States. The event, which offers entertainment for the whole family, will feature major international clubs – Europe and South America, including Brazil – represented by several stars who will represent their country at the World Cup 2018 in Russia.
All the news of the next edition of the Florida Cup will be released on October 9 in an official event in Orlando, USA. However, the tournament organization has announced the participation of three great powers for 2018: Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, leader of the Championship; Rangers FC (traditional Glasgow Rangers), first representative of the United Kingdom; and Club Atletico Nacional of Colombia, champions of the Copa Libertadores.
Corinthians is the only club to have contested all editions of the tournament, which started in 2015. The alvinegro team collects important international victories in the competition, against opponents as Bayer Leverkusen (GER) and Shakhtar Donetsk (UCR), used clubs to join the League Champions of Europe. In January 2017, the Parque São Jorge team played a big decision before the São Paulo FC in the first match of the history between the two rivals outside Brazil. In 2018, however, all clashes will again be between teams from different countries.
“We are excited to begin a year of World Cup with international unprecedented clashes in our tournament,” said Ricardo Villar, CEO of the Florida Cup. “It’s a great honor to receive the Corinthians again. For the fourth consecutive year, we will offer high football level and generate more economic benefits to Central Florida. Until next October 9th will announce the other teams already signed and big 2018 event news, “he adds.
According to the participating clubs, the Florida Cup offers extensive infrastructure for their teams perform a preparation of excellence – with training centers, hotels and high-level matches – coupled with the commercial opportunities on a global platform, giving many benefits inside and outside field.
“The pre-season is one of the periods of greatest importance in the year. It is at this time we do the tests, the tests, the most intense physical work and started the training to find the ideal training of the team. When we went to Florida Cup, had full support and a high level of structure to accomplish all this work, “says Alessandro Nunes, Corinthians football manager. “In the preparation, the Florida Cup also offers the opportunity to realize some matches and we are close to our fans. We are delighted to confirm the participation for the fourth consecutive year,” he adds.
“The Florida Cup provides a very close approximation of the Corinthians to the Corinthians who live in the Orlando area and also strengthens the international presence of the club not only in America, but in all other countries receiving the transmission of the matches,” says Fernando Sales, marketing director of the Corinthians. “For the official channels of Corinthians, is an extremely rich period in content. In addition to the pre-season and the games work, there is a very interesting parallel programming. The opportunity is unique,” he concludes.
Current champion of the Libertadores and Recopa Sudamericana, Club Atletico Nacional of Colombia will participate for the first time the competition. Who will also make his debut as the first representative of the United Kingdom in the tournament is the traditional Rangers FC, that by the year 2012 was called Glasgow Rangers. This is the club that won more national titles in the world, with 54 leagues and 33 cups of Scotland.
As stated Ricardo Villar, CEO of the Florida Cup, more teams will be announced in the coming days. The format of the competition, local disputes, table games and other novelties will be published on 9 October.
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 68 million tourists in 2016. 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 in the Florida Cup: Atletico Mineiro, Bahia, Corinthians, Fluminense, Internacional, Sao Paulo, Vasco da Gama, Barcelona (EQU), Bayer Leverkusen (ALE), Estudiantes (ARG), Fort Lauderdale Strikers (USA) FC Köln ( ALE), Millonarios (COL), River Plate (ARG), Santa Fe (COL), Schalke 04 (GER), Shakhtar Donetsk (UCR), Tamba Bay Rowdies (USA) and Wolfsburg (GER).
In the last edition of the tournament, the matches were shown live to over 140 countries, and the range was more than 50 million people.
The first Florida Cup Fan Fest also reached millions of people in January, through social media, with shows like Alok feat. Zeeba and Daniel feat. Melisizwe Brothers.
Press and fans can now register on the site www.floridacup.com to receive notice of the opening of sales and other news about the event.