Winter camp in the USA. Legia will play in the Florida Cup
Legia will play two games in the tournament, against Colombian Atletico Nacional, current Copa Libertadores title holder, and Barcelona Sporting Club, champions of Ecuador.
"Participation in the Florida Cup 2018 will be an excellent addition to our first winter training camp. The mix of great facilities and ideal climate makes it perfect to build our form for the second part of the season. I'm sure we will get a lot of valuable experience there, which we can later use in the league," said Romeo Jozak, Legia Warsaw head coach.
Florida Cup 2018 is the fourth edition of the international tournament organised in The Sunshine State since 2015. FC Koeln won the first edition.
"Florida Cup receives a great deal of attention from well-known clubs all over the world. Our goal is always to provide rop football entertainment for the fans, and fantastic training facilities for the clubs. We expect that the upcoming fourth edition of Florida Cup will be a must-see event in the international football calendar," said Ricardo Villar, tournament director.
Florida Cup 2018 will be played from January 10 to January 20. Eight teams will participate, including three from Europe: Legia Warsaw, PSV Eindhoven and Rangers FC. Legia will play two games in the tournament, against Atletico Nacional from Colombia and Barcelona Sporting Club from Ecuador. Aside from these clubs, three Brazilian sides will take part in the cup: Atletico Mineiro, Fluminense and Corinthians Paulista.
Many well-known clubs played in the first three editions of Florida Cup, such as Schalke, VfL Wolfsburg, FC Koeln, Estudiantes de La Plata, Vasco da Gama of Shakhtar Donetsk. Sao Paolo FC won the cup in 2017.
"We are happy that our international activity and the brand of Legia Warsaw led to the invitation for this cup. Florida is a perfect place for winter training camps, and that is confirmed by the number of European teams which have come here in the last couple of years. For Legia, it's not only a chance to train in perfect conditions, but also to play against strong teams, and to present the club to the fans in the US. We know we have our fans and fan clubs there, mostly within the large group of Poles living in America. Playing in the Florida Cup will be a great chance to meet them," said Tomasz Zahorski, proxy of the Legia Warsaw Management Board.
The Florida Cup gets a lot of attention not only the USA. The previous edition was broadcasted live in over 140 countries, and was viewed by over 50 million people.
Legia Warsaw camp at Florida is held under the patronage of the Speaker of the Senate of the Republic of Poland.