March 29th, 2019, Waltham, MA; Six GPS teams will be spending April Vacation in the warm Catalonian sun when they travel to compete in the Mundialito 2019 tournament held in Costa Darauda.
Squads were drawn into their respective groups this weekend with each of the six GPS teams being entered into a group with giants of the European game providing a great opportunity for our players to test their skills.
The club will be taking on Sporting CP, FC Porto, Girona FC, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Steaua Bucharest, Spartak Moscow and Olympique Lyonnais.
The 2011 squad has one of the more interesting groups drawing two impressive Iberian teams in the form of Sporting Lisbon and Girona FC.
Sporting Lisbon, or Sporting Club Portugal, run one of the most successful youth academies in Europe producing top talent across the board.
Their academy has produced two Ballon D’or winners, Luis Figo of Barcelona/Real Madrid fame and Cristiano Ronaldo. The club had the most representation by academy prospects at the 2018 World Cup with 14, three more than Barcelona in second with 11.
Sporting have the 3rd most trophies amongst Portuguese clubs all time with 48, 18 of them being Primiera Liga titles.
Girona FC hails from Catalonia and are currently in their second ever season in Spain’s top league, La Liga. Earning their first promotion following a successful 2016/17 season, Girona shocked the La Liga world by not only staving off relegation in their maiden top-flight season but finishing 10th in the table.
Girona’s second La Liga campaign is going similarly this year with them in 12th with ten games left.
Sporting Club aren’t the only Portuguese opposition that the club will be facing during the week with the 2010 team drawing FC Porto.
The Dragons of FC Porto have a long history of success as a club. The team is the second most succesful club in Portugal with a total of 78 trophies. This includes 28 Portuguese League titles and two UEFA Champions League titles in ’87 and ’04.
They are currently in the quarterfinal round of the 2018/19 Champions League and are scheduled to take on Liverpool in mid-April.
The 2009 team will have to face one of France’s most supported and successful clubs, Olympique Lyonnais.Lyon dominated French soccer in the early 2000s winning a record seven Ligue One titles in a row from 2001-2008.
Their academy has helped to produce some of the top young French talent that captured the 2018 World Cup in Russia such as Samuel Umtiti now of FC Barcelona, Corentin Tolliso now of FC Bayern and Nabil Fekir who is still at the club.
The 2008 team will have to content with 1986 Champions League winners and Romanian powerhouse Steaua Bucharest, or FCSB.
Champions of Romania a record 22 times, in addition to finishing as runners-up an unprecedented 16 times, FCSB have dominated their domestic landscape since its founding. Following their Champions League title in 1986 the side also claimed the UEFA Super Cup that summer.
Home to arguably the best player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus should be considered one of Europe’s greatest clubs to ever exist.
Founded in 1897, Juve have claimed 34 Serie A titles, 13 Copa Italia titles, and 8 Supercoppa Italia titles, all records. They are currently in the Champions League Quarterfinals where they will play Ajax in mid-April. With the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo the club hopes this year will be the year they add another European title to their two Champions Leagues and 3 Europa Leagues.
Atletico Madrid and Spartak Moscow are set to provide a tough challenge for the 2006 squad as they look to qualify from their group.
Atletico Madrid are Spain’s 3rd most succesful club behind only Barcelona and city rivals Real Madrid with 10 La Liga titles to their name. The club has also been succesful on the European stage in the lats decade finishing as runners up in the Champions League in 2014 and 2016 and winning three Europa League titles in 2010, 2012, and 2018.
Their academy has produced World Cup winning talent with Fernando Torres and Lucas Hernandez winning the tournament with Spain and France respectively in 2010 and 2018. David De Gea, goalkeeper at Manchester United, spent his entire youth career in with Atletico.
Spartak are Russia’s top team with a total of 22 league titles captured including a record 12 Russian Premier League titles.
Make sure to keep an eye out on our social media channels once the event kicks off on April 13th.