La Liga request to host Atletico Madrid vs Villareal match in Miami

La Liga request to host Atletico Madrid vs Villareal match in Miami

Atletico Madrid and Villareal have requested permission to stage their LaLiga fixture in Miami. 

In a joint statement, the two sides indicated they had informed the Spanish Football federation of their intention to have the match, scheduled for December 6, played at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. 

According to La Liga president Javier Tebas, the move will improve the Spanish football as a brand globally. 

“This match will be another boost to the internationalization strategy of LaLiga, which is providing great results for all our member clubs and SADs,"

"We hope that this time we can carry out this positive action for everyone, as other leagues like the NFL or the NBA do when they stage matches overseas.”

"Atletico de Madrid works every season to expand and improve our brand across all continents and this match in the United States will allow us to keep working on this," said Atletico CEO Miguel Angel Gil.

“Furthermore, we will be able to bring Spanish football closer to fans who live outside of our country. It will be a great occasion that marks the future.”

This is not the first time La Liga is planning to host a match outside the Spanish borders, having failed to host the Barcelona vs Girona match in Florida early in the year. 

The new La Liga season will enter its ninth week this weekend, with Real Madrid atop the standings, two points ahead of defending champions Barcelona. 

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