FUTSAL TOUR TO MADRID
An unparalleled insight into the world of professional futsal in Madrid, Spain
Messi “As a little boy in Argentina, I played Futsal on the streets and for my club. It was tremendous fun, and it really helped me become who I am today” Lionel Messi, FIFA World Footballer of the Year 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Total Football Experience have partnered with Jose Ruiz, a professional futsal player in Spain. Jose recently started the 'Six Academy' in Madrid and currently plays for Viña Albali Valdepeñas Futsal Club in Valdepeñas, Ciudad Real (Castilla-La Mancha). In 2018 they got promotion to the first division of the Spanish National Futsal League after beating UMA Antequera to finish as runner-up in the league championship.
Viña Albali Valdepeñas has put in place a solid foundation for future growth and success as the popularity of Futsal in Spain gathers pace., it at the forefront of futsal development in Spain and has achieved a notable reputation as a professionally run sports club and organisation.
Pele “Futsal was important in helping to develop my ball control, quick thinking, passing, also for dribbling, balance and concentration. Futsal was very, very important, no doubt” Pele, World Cup Winner: 1958, 1962 & 1970
Madrid..... a social & cultural experience
Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a cosmopolitan city with a large cultural and artistic heritage, a legacy of centuries of exciting history. Strategically located in the geographic centre of the Iberian Peninsula at an altitude of 646 m above sea level, Madrid has one of the most important historic centres of all the great European cities. These conditions, together with all the drive of a dynamic and open society have made this metropolis one of the great capitals of the Western world.
The historic centre, also known as the "Madrid of Los Austrias" and the spectacular Plaza Mayor square are two of the most popular and typical sites in Madrid. Near the Plaza Mayor is the area known as the "aristocratic centre" where the jewel in the crown is the Royal Palace, an imposing building dating from the 17th century featuring a mixture of Baroque and classicist styles. Beside it is the Plaza de Oriente square, the Teatro Real opera house, and the modern cathedral of La Almudena which was consecrated in 1993 by Pope John Paul II.
The Puerta del Sol square is surrounded by a varied and select area of shops and businesses, and the "Paseo del Arte" art route whose name derives from its world-class museums, palaces and gardens are further elements in an array of monuments which includes particularly the Bank of Spain building, the Palace of Telecommunications, and the fountains of Cibeles and Neptune. But if there's one thing that sets Madrid apart, it must be its deep and infectious passion for life that finds its outlet in the friendly range of bars, taverns and restaurants, where you will sample the best Spanish and international gastronomy.