The Åland based gambling company Paf can now confirm this years top match at the Wiklöf Holding Arena i Mariehamn.
- We are proud to announce that Atletico de Madrid of the Spanish La Liga will play IFK Mariehamn on June 2, starting at 20.00, says Paf president Lars Porko.
Paf is an official sponsor of Atletico de Madrid. The team has nine league titles and nine cup titles. The Spanish club currently hold the seventh place in the league. Some time ago, Paf released a new and fresh gambling site in Spain, uniquely developed for fans of Atletico de Madrid around the world.
The cooperation between Paf and Atletico de Madrid is the reason behind the star packed clubs coming to Åland.
- This means that Paf customers in the Nordic region and in Spain can gamble at Paf.com and win trips to Åland to see the top game, and maybe even meet some of the culbs star players, says Krille Mattson, head of public relations at Paf.
Juan Carlos Moya, director of commerce at Atletico de Madrid sends word that the club is looking forward to seeing the Nordic region, particularly the home island of Paf, Åland.
- We are anticipating an exciting and entertaining match against IFK Mariehamn and a large audience, he says.
IFK Mariehamn is responsible for match arrangements and ticket sales.
- We will do our best to create a football fest. It is not every day we get to offer a Spanish top club at the Wiklöf Holding Arena. This is the greatest international game in the history of IFK Mariehamn, says IFK Director of commerce Thomas Fonsell.
Ticket sales open at May 4.
The match is already open for betting at Paf.com:
IFK Mariehamn - Atletico de Madrid
1) 4,10 X) 3,60 2) 1,70
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Brief facts on Atletico Madrid:
Atletico Madrid is one of the top teams in the Spanish La Liga. Founded as early as 1903, it has won nine Spanish league titles, the latest in the season of 1995-1996 with as many league titles, the latest in 1996. In 1985, Atletico won the Spanish super cup, i.e. the match between last years leadue- and cup champions. The club also won the European cup 1961-1962 and the Intercontinental cup of 1974. Last season, the club cam in fourth, thus earning them a spot at the qualifying rounds for the Champions League, qualified and did not lose a single CL-game, instead falling against Porto in the Round of 16 on the away goals rule.
The teams home arena is the Vicente Calderón with a capacity of 54851 attendants some 44000 of which are season ticket holders during this season. Atletico Madrid is managed by Abel Resino. Among the players are such stars as Czech defender Tomas Ujfalusi, Portuguese winger Simão, tha captain of Argentine Maxi Rodriguez and the attack duo Diego Forlan and Sergio "Kun" Agüero. The latter won the Olympic Gold in Beijing with Argentine and is the son in law of Diego Armando Maradona.