Tomorrow Anji Makhachkala will make debut in the international training tournament Copa del Sol held in Spain. It`s remarkable that the name of the tournament is translated as Sun Cup.
The tournament is conducted during winter pause in the north-eastern European Championships and aims at preparation of the teams for continue of the season. The organizer of tournament is Norwegian Professional Football League (NPFL) and media company IEC in Sports (IEC).
In 2010 the winner of the tournament became Shakhter Donetsk, last year – Karpaty, Lviv.
The tournament took place in the south of Spain. Marbella (sp. Marbella) is a city and municipality in southern Spain, belonging to the province of Malaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Population – 126 422. The capital of the region – Malaga – administrative center of the province Malaga, population is 600 000 people. There are many beaches, numerous hotels and resorts there.
Traditionally the teams from the Northern Europe take part in the tournament (Sweden, Norway, Denmark), Russia, Ukraine etc.
This time in accordance with the Regulations 12 participating clubs were divided into two groups. Each team must play 3 games vs its groupmates. The most successful squad of each group reaches the final.
Olimpia (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Dalian Aerbin (Chine)
La manga group:
Our team is to play vs three clubs of the Northern Europe: Tromso (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark), Aalesund (Norway). The final fixtures of the group with Anji are as the following:
Tromso – Anji
Kalmar – Copenhagen
Shakhter – Aalesund
Kalmar – Aalesund
Copenhagen – Anji
Tromso – Shakhter
Anji – Aalesund
Tromso – Kalmar
Copenhagen – Shakhter
7 February, the final.
According to the Regulations the teams play two halves, 45 minutes each. In case if the winner is not defined for 90 minutes there is a penalty shootout. The team that won the regulation game gains 3 points, losing team gets nothing. In case of a draw both teams get 1 point each, the team that wins on penalties recieves one point more.
Only 5 subs are permitted at Copa del Sol. Back substitutions are not allowed: i.g. the substituted player can no longer participate in this match. Games of the tournament are officiated by the referees from Norway, Denmark and Iceland.
It should be also noted that the representatives of the clubs participating in Copa del Sol and the steering committee of the tournament held a task meeting today in Cartagena city (20 minutes drive from La Manga).
This year the matches if the tournament with participation of the Russian clubs will be broadcasted by TV Channel Russia-2.