Gaelic Football Invades La Liga
Who would have thought this possible 10 years ago? Éire Óg Sevilla are proud to announce that we are to play an exhibition game during half-time of this Monday’s Sevilla FC vs Granada Primera Division clash.
A first for Gaelic football and for Soccer in Spain and perhaps the world. The match will take place on Monday the 28th of February at 21:30 at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, the bullfighting capital of Spain.
This exhibition match is the result of a marketing plan undertaken by Sevilla FC to attract foreigners as new members of the club. Throughout this season they are dedicating each home game to a different country and next Monday night is Irish day!
The plan is that any Irish national who turns up on the night will gain access to the stadium to see the match for a knockdown €5, the Irish flag will be hung from the stadium flagpole, the Irish Ambassador will come from Madrid and speak at the start of the game, traditional Irish music will be played before the game and at half time by an Irish music group. Furthermore, a native Irish speaker will intervene during the game to give it more of an Irish feel and the local Gaelic Football team, Éire Óg Sevilla will be afforded the opportunity to put on a show for the fans.
We have very little time, 6 minutes to be exact, to make an impression but we plan to make the most of it. It will be broadcast live on Marca TV and we will play a game with jerseys kindly sponsored by two local Irish owned companies, OPEN school of languages and O’Neill’s Irish pub, Seville. Keep it Irish we say!
This will be a great day for the young club and a is a great opportunity for spreading the word about gaelic football in the south of Spain.
Gaelic football is growing in Andalucía with Eire Og Sevilla, Costa Gaels and Gibraltar Gaels currently competing in the first edition of the Andalusian league and there are now 9 clubs competing at a national level. This match will act as excellent publicity for this most unique of sports.
Here’s hoping we can further the name of Seville GAA and the game as a whole in Spain.