LaLiga Ambassador and Former
Atletico Madrid Midfielder Tiago Mendes shares his football journey during the
press conference of the El Derbi de Madrid watch party.
In time for the blockbuster clash between two of the world’s best
football teams – Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid, LaLiga and M88 Mansion
recently brought football star Tiago Mendes to the Philippines for the El Derbi de Madrid watch party
celebrated at Mansion Sports Bar & Lounge in Makati.
“Thank you for this moment, the real warm welcome that you gave me
tonight. It’s a pleasure to be here,” said Tiago, who visited the country for
the first time.
Tiago Mendes joined Atletico de Madrid in 2010 and has been an
important part of the most successful stages in the recent history of the team
until he retired in 2017. He also served as the team’s assistant manager until
Tiago played a pivotal role as a midfielder in the team that ultimately
led to Atlético de Madrid's first derby win in 14 years, as well as the LaLiga
Santander title in 2014, among other memorable moments for the Colchonero club.
The El Derbi de Madrid or
Madrid Derby is a special football fixture in the history of LaLiga
highlighting the clash between two of the most lauded clubs across the globe.
And on Saturday, fans in Manila got to celebrate with LaLiga at Mansion Sports
Filled with exciting trivia games and raffle, the fans and invited
guests including the official Real Madrid supporters club (Peña Madridista de
Filipinas), representatives from the Spanish Embassy and local stars from the
sports scene like James Younghusband, Stephan Schrock and PBA player Franky
Johnson, also got to take home limited edition LaLiga balls, jerseys, and M88
Mansion and beIN Sports prizes. Lucky Atlético de Madrid fans also got their prizes
signed by Tiago.
The football star shared his personal thoughts about his former team's
“Real Madrid wins all the time and that’s what makes them special. They
have a lot of good players all season and when you have great players who are
close to winning, it’s always difficult to play against them. It is an honor to
compete with them,” Tiago commended his long-time rival team.
With more than a century of rivalry, Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid
faced off once again last Saturday which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Tiago expressed his hopes that football becomes one of the biggest
sports in the Philippines as he gave advice to young Filipino football
enthusiasts to continue their dreams of entering the fields and not to give up.
"Follow your dreams and never give up. You will need everything.
This is the path for happiness," Tiago shared to aspiring football
LaLiga is Spain’s professional football league and a socially
responsible organization devoted to promoting football locally and
internationally not only as a sport but also as an avenue to create a positive
impact to individuals and communities.
“We believe that the appreciation and interest for football is
increasing among Filipinos. It’s a great sport that brings people together
that’s why we will continue to bring exciting events for the Filipino fans,”
said LaLiga Delegate to the Philippines Almudena Gomez.
She added, “LaLiga is more than just football. We go beyond what the
sport has to offer to give back to the community.”
Recently, LaLiga also held the Heroes Off The Pitch Gala Dinner which
conferred awards to Filipino athletes and organizations for their invaluable
contribution to the growth of football and sports in the Philippines.
Fans of LaLiga Santander in the Philippines can catch all the games on
beIN Sports channels (Sky & Cignal TV), beIN connect, and Setanta Sports
LaLiga is a global, innovative
and socially responsible organisation which is a leader in the leisure and
entertainment sector. It is a private sports association composed of the 20
public limited sports companies (SADs) and clubs of LaLiga Santander and the 22
of LaLiga SmartBank, and is responsible for organising professional football
competitions in Spain. LaLiga is the football competition with the most social
media followers in the world, with over 164 million followers across 17
platforms in 20 different languages. With its headquarters in Madrid (Spain),
it is present in 41 countries through 11 offices and 44 delegates. The
organisation carries out its social work through its foundation and was the
world's first professional football league to establish a league for
intellectually challenged footballers: LaLiga Genuine Santander.
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