SD EIBAR WILL TOUR THE USA “It will be a historical and exciting experience” confirmed the Marketing Director of SD Eibar

It will be the first time that the gunsmiths go on a post-season outside of the Basque Country. The club will seek new opportunities for internationalisation


05/05/2016 13:59

At a press conference this morning, the Marketing and Commercial Director, Gema Baqué and the Sports Director, Fran Garagarza presented the Tour that SD Eibar will embark on to the USA this month of May. 

As Baqué explained “we have been working for a time with different companies in various countries. From these contacts arose the opportunity to go abroad to live an experience like the one we are announcing here. From all these conversations we have a agreed a proposal with GLOBAL FUTBOL PARTNERS, which is the promoter we are working and have reached agreement with, setting out the following objectives; To improve the brand image of Eibar, to expand the internationalisation of the Club, and to bring the club closer to shareholders, fans and supporters clubs in that country and to create opportunities for sponsorship in the medium term in the USA”.


Moreover, Eibar will not be alone on this trip as Gema Baqué confirmed “SD Eibar has reached a collaboration agreement with the La Fundación de Fúbtol Profesional (The Professional Football Foundation) within the framework of the LFP World Challenge and in particular LaLiga World, through which La Liga will support us logistically and help to promote the SD Eibar Tour in the USA and internationally”.


According to the scheduled itinerary two matches will be played:

- The first of these on May 22nd against Philadelphia Fury at 5 pm local time (USA) and 11 pm in the state. The match will be played at the Richard Wackar Stadium with a capacity of 5,000 spectators.

- The second game will be on May 25th against New York Cosmos at 7 pm local time and 4 am in the state. The match will be played at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas with a capacity of 36,800 spectators.


According to this programme the expedition will depart from Bilbao on 18 May to arrive in New York. On 23 May it will move from Philadelphia to Las Vegas, returning home to Eibar on 26 May.

During the announcement the importance of bringing the Club closer to its shareholders and international Supporters clubs was stressed “The United States is one of the countries that at the time collaborated intensely in the capital increase of 2014 and, for this, we are delighted to be able to travel there and to get to know all those people who supported Eibar. In addition to this, Eibar has the PEÑA EIBAR USA in America, an association of friends that follow the team very actively and with who we hope to get together on our trip there” Baqué confirmed.

Furthermore, Eibar has been in contact with the Basque Government to establish contact with the diaspora Eibarresa and Basque in general. “The response so far is very positive as we are receiving proposals for encounters with friends and followers of Eibar from both Las Vegas and New York. It represents a HISTORICAL AND EXCITING opportunity, one that SD Eibar can’t afford to miss and wants to make the most of” said Gema Baqué in closing.

Fran Garagarza, Sports Director, explained the technical details of the trip “From a sporting point of view the Tour represents an opportunity to continue training for a couple of weeks after the end of the season, which was something the mister and the coaching staff had wanted. Aside from the institutional relevance, it is also important that the team opens new sporting frontiers and internationalises”.


Garagarza confirmed the intention to undertake pre-season training abroad, if the conditions required by the coaching staff can be met “it is important for the team and the Club, whenever possible, because this way we get to know other international markets and we can see other ways of working”.

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