2019 was another record year for Football Impact. A total of 227 teams from all over the world have relied on Football Impact for the organisation of their pre-season in the last twelve months of this year. In addition, between January and December, over 260 top-level friendly matches were managed by Football Impact.
With RC Lens, which was in La Cala Resort from December 29th 2018 to January 3rd 2019, and the Qatar U23 team, which prepared the Asia Cup in the Marbella Football Center from December 7th to 21st, the circle of professional, amateur, youth and national teams has been closed. This year they have visited the Costa del Sol, the Costa Blanca, the province of Cadiz and the Region of Murcia.
Teams from 40 countries used the fields and facilities provided and managed by Football Impact. The hotel sector also had reason to rejoice. The hotels, which host the Football Impact teams, recorded a total of 91,000 overnight stays this year, 70 percent of them between January and March 2019. Thanks to the football teams, which come in the months when there is little tourist activity, many hotels remain open and thus preserve more than 300 jobs. In this way, the deseasonalization of tourism, which many destinations like Marbella, Estepona or Benidorm have as their main objective, is also achieved. We must not forget that the teams come from countries that are tourism issuers and also bring a large number of fans, who stay in hotels and apartments in the area.
As soon as 2019 closes, the high season for Football Impact begins with the arrival of the first teams from the European leagues on January 2nd of 2020.
VfB Stuttgart, third in the German second division, have also opted for Spain, to carry out part of their winter pre-season there. From January 10th to 19th the club will travel to Marbella, where they will train on the pitches of La Quinta. The big goal of the team is to be promoted to the Bundesliga again. To face the remaining 16 matches of the season, the club will set the bases under the sun of Marbella.
Karlsruher SC from the German second division has chosen Estepona for its winter stage, which will take place from 12th to 19th of January. “In Spain we found optimal conditions to prepare ourselves for the second round of the season. Already in the last years we had very good experiences in Spain”, says the sport manager Oliver Kreuzer on the website of the club. The KSC will carry out the training on the field of Arroyo Enmedio.
With Football Impact, Norwegian football clubs are also coming to the Iberian Peninsula to escape the cold weather in their country during the month of January. This is the case of FK Bodo Glimt, which currently plays in the Tippeligaen, the first division of Norwegian football. In this category it is currently in second place behind Molde FK. This team from the Nord-Norge region has booked training camps in Casares from 25th of January to 2nd of February.
Willem II Tilburg is another club from the Netherlands that comes to Marbella in the winter break. The Eredivisie team, where it currently occupies fourth place in the standings, will prepare for the second round of the season in Marbella between 4th and 11th of January. The good experiences with the organization of their stage by Football Impact and the good climate have motivated the players from the city of Tilburg to repeat the training sessions on the Costa del Sol.
FC Emmen of the Netherlands has extended the list of football clubs that will be focusing on the Costa del Sol from next week. The veteran Eredivisie club will stay between 3rd and 10th of January and use Doña Julia’s pitches in Casares for their training sessions. The club founded in 1925 plans to work with the players every day in the morning and afternoon. Emmen has been playing in the top category in his country since the 2018-19 season when he won promotion via play-off.
The Dutch club Feyenoord Rotterdam will arrive on January 6th in Marbella to start the winter pre-season under the Spanish sun. The team coached by Dick Advocaat has finished the first round of the season in fifth place in the Eredivisie standings and is coming to the city with great expectations. Feyenoord, who has chosen the Marbella Football Center for his training sessions, will stay until January 11th.
1. FC Nürnberg is one of the German clubs that have been relying on Football Impact for many years to organise their winter pre-season in Spain. After a well deserved holiday and a week of preparation at home “the club” will travel from the 13th to the 22nd of January to Marbella. Jens Keller, who is leading the team, wants to take advantage of the good weather on the Costa del Sol not only for daily trainings, but also to try out different tactics in friendly matches.
TSG Hoffenheim, who finished the first half of the Bundesliga season in seventh place in the standings, will come to Spain this winter. After preparing at home for the last three years for the second leg, the club has seen the benefits of escaping to warm lands and will be in Marbella from 3rd to 10th of January. Apart from training, the team led by Dutch coach Alfred Schreuder wants to play two friendly matches. In the first match of the league after the break, on January 18th, they will host Eintracht Frankfurt.