The champion of the “Donosti Virtual Cup 2020” will face Real Sociedad player Mikel Oyarzabal in a friendly match
There is little more than a week left before the online Donosti Cup championship begins and the Organization is revealing some surprises. The main one is that the champion of the tournament will have the privilege of playing a friendly match against Real Sociedad player Mikel Oyarzabal.
The Donosti Cup contacted the Real Sociedad a few days ago to propose this idea to them and the blue and white captain gladly agreed to add more attractions to this virtual version of the Donosti Cup. On the other hand, the best Gipuzkoan player of the tournament will have the opportunity to also face off in a friendly match with the player from the Real Sociedad of the eLaLiga Santander Yeray Zaballos, who was the winner of the Draft organized by the Real among more than 500 applicants and who represents the blue and white club in the eLaLiga Santander.
More than 100 clubs from 19 different countries have already registered for the tournament, which will involve close to 500 players, since each club can register up to 5 representatives. The countries that will be represented in this online tournament will be Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, England, Denmark, Canada, USA, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Japan, Singapore, Palestine, Nigeria and South Africa. The local clubs also did not want to miss their appointment with the virtual Donosti Cup and will again be top in terms of number of players.
The deadline for clubs to register their players is this Friday, June 26. Registration is free and the tournament is aimed at grassroots football clubs. There will be a single mixed category for players from 12 to 18 years old. The tournament will be played in the FIFA 20 “friendly matches 85 overall” mode. The matches will last 15 minutes and will be played 1 vs 1 with PlayStation 4. During the final phase, the results of the games will be published daily and a daily summary will be issued through social networks. All registrations must be made through the webpage www.donosticup.com.
The tournament will be held from July 1-11. The knockout rounds will take place from July 1 to July 8. On July 9 the quarterfinals will be played, on the 10th the semifinals and on Saturday July 11 the finals will take place. Both the semifinals and the final matches will be broadcast via streaming on the twich channel.
It so happens that participants will be able to choose European FIFA 20 clubs for their matches, including many players who participated in the Donosti Cup when they were young. Players like Barrenetexea, Sangali, Busquets, Jordi Alba, Marcos Llorente, Mauro Icardi, Manu Trigueros, Iborra, Yuri or Nacho among many others. And they can also choose FIFA 20 women's national teams that include players like Nahikari , Mariasun Quiñones, Irene Paredes, Jenifer Hermoso or Ainhoa Vicente who also participated in the Donosti Cup.
The winner of the tournament, in addition to the experience of playing against Mikel Oyarzabal, and the champion's cup that will be awarded to him/her in a special act during the Donosti Cup 2021, will receive soccer shoes from the sports brand Joma. The 4 semi-finalists will receive a sports equipment pack from this same brand and 10 jerseys of different LaLiga clubs will also be raffled among all the participants.
The competition's technical operator will be the Spanish company "Matchapp eSports," specialized in the organization of online soccer tournaments. They will be in charge of preparing the match schedule, monitoring the results, holding interviews with the players, and streaming the tournament's semifinal and final matches.
The participating clubs include the presence of "Special Olympics Madrid", a non-profit organization that is part of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and that works with young people with intellectual disabilities. This entity has been working for more than 30 years in the integration of people with intellectual disabilities in the sports field and since last year they also participate in what they have called “Unified eSports”. 5 players from this organization will participate in the Donosti Virtual Cup and instead of each playing from their homes, they will all do so together at the clubhouse to experience it with more excitement, if possible, matches against other teams registered in the tournament. However, Marcelino Pérez, managing director of Special Olympics, confesses to us that his main objective is "more than competing, to share."