International Football Returns To Tenerife

Mon, October 5th, 2015 - By Colin

It may be at under 21 level but the chance to see the rising stars of Spain v Sweden will draw a big crowd to Santa Cruz on Tuesday 13 October with a 5.45 pm kick off. English Premier League signings like Ayoze Perez to Newcastle and Pedro from Barcelona to Chelsea have highlighted Tenerife football talent but Spain rarely play on our holiday island. The last full Spanish international was in 1996, but this qualifying game for the 2017 European Championships in Poland should be a thriller in the 23,000 capacity Estadio Heliodoro, home of CD Tenerife.

 

Heliodoro Stadium, Santa Cruz

 

Watch out for these players who will be fixtures in Spain’s senior squad by the time the 2018 World Cup is played in Russia: Bellerin (Arsenal), Deulofeu (Everton), Denis Suarez (Sevilla), Munir (Barcelona), Gaya (Valencia), and Jose Rodriguez (Galatasaray). Tickets according to where you sit are, Tribuna 25, San Sebastian 20, Herradura 15, Grada Popular 10, under 12’s pay just 5 euros but they can only use the first three areas. Selling points are at the Heliodoro ground in Santa Cruz, Soy Del Tete shop in CC Fañabe Plaza, and Papeleria Raquel in El Camison, Los Cristianos.

 

Seating plan, Heliodoro Stadium

Football nations may not have flocked to Tenerife but club teams regularly train here and play the odd friendly. Way back in 1934 Everton came to Santa Cruz for a friendly, they were at their peak then and included legend Dixie Dean. More recently in 2001 Barnsley FC made a pre season visit to the south and played three games at CD Marino’s Estadio Antonio Dominguez where Playa de Las Americas merges into Los Cristianos.

 

CD Marino

 

The  modern trend of training breaks in the sun has seen a steady flow to Tenerife Top Training in La Caleta. Manchester City came for a casual workout week in 2009 but found themselves at the centre of a media storm when star Robinho walked out and flew back to Brazil. It didn’t put other teams off heading for Costa Adeje; Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Swansea City, Everton, and Aberdeen all enjoyed their stay and were able to work on their golf as well. Even the lower league teams squeeze the piggy bank for a week of pampering and bonding, Peterborough United pitched up further round the coast when they stayed at San Blas Nature Resort near Golf del Sur.

 

Everton training at Top Tenerife Training

 

The Spain v Sweden under 21 clash will be one of the highest profile games to be staged in Tenerife and could pave the way for another full international. If you can’t make it over to join us, look out for coverage on one of the many sports channels.

Posted : Monday, October 5th, 2015 at 10:45 am
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