This year, one of the Gothia Cup’s most loyal clubs should celebrate a little extra. Makati FC from the Philippines takes part for the 30th consecutive year in the tournament. – Gothia Cup is a fantastic experience that gives our players the opportunity to compete at international top level. It is also a tournament marked by a festive atmosphere, passion, excitement and camaraderie, says Mataki FC’s founder and CEO Tomas Lozano.
Mataki Football Club was founded in 1976 in the Philippine capital Manila with the aim to introduce football to children and adolescents aged 3 to 18 years. Club’s main merit is winning the Gothia Cup and Helsinki Cup 1985
- We are proud to participate in the Gothia Cup for the 30th time and look forward to a memorable experience this summer. The tournament is so much more than football. It’s about young people from all over the world meet and exchange experiences with each other. It creates memories and lifelong friends, says Tomas Lozano
Of the foreign clubs, the only who have been around more times is German club TSV Friesen Hänigsen. Overall, the club played the Gothia Cup 31 times.
- I am always glad when I see that so many teams participate year after year in the Gothia Cup. It is an acknowledgment that the arrangement is appreciated and that we offer memorable meetings and events both on and off the ground, says Lena Rönne Fors, tournament director of the Gothia Cup.
Three foreign clubs participate in the Gothia Cup for the 25th time 2012. These are: AD Cantolao (PER), Blackburn Celtic (ENG) and Helsingin JK (FIN).
Other teams who celebrate a little extra is Pitray Olier (FRA) and Grand Bodø IK (NOR) in the 2012 edition of the tournament has participated 20 times each in the Gothia Cup.