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Kurukuru visit Spain’s football museum

Organised by the RFEF the tour took 2 hours and started in the museum before extending out to the football facilities inside the 12 hectare multimillion dollar Ciudad del Football complex.
The museum which covers 2 floor of spaces and immensely popular houses trophies, mementos and photographs spanning over 100 years of football in Spain including the launch of the country’s football league. It also houses items of more recent achievements of the Spanish national teams including the European cup.
The unmistakable highlight of the tour was when the team sighted the FIFA world cup trophy won by Spain in South Africa in 2010. The team spent nearly a quarter of the tour taking photos of the most prestigious cup in the world of sports. The team also saw the Copa del Rey trophy Real Madrid won in 2011 which the parade bus ran over after Sergio Ramo accidently dropped it.
The facilities at the Ciudad de Futbol includes a world class futsal court, 4 football pitches including the Spanish national team’s training ground, office buildings and onsite medical centre plus a running track and a swimming pool. The complex even has a mini shopping mall catering for needs of RFEF staff.
For the players the experience was breathtaking and inspirational. At the same time it was a point of realisation of the gap between this world football powerhouse and their own country.
Kurukuru captain, Elliot Ragomo, said after completing the tour that he can now understand why Spain are the European champions and the world champions at the same time.
“Looking at the history of their football and also these facilities I can start to comprehend why Spain is the best in the world today. They have a great legacy and the amount of investment as the facilities at the Ciudad del Futbol show speaks of how serious they are about football,” Ragomo said.
Training for Kurukuru will continue on Monday but the opportunity to take in the Spanish football culture will fall to them again. Since Kurukuru and the Spanish national futsal team are training in the same court the players will be able to witness one of their training sessions.
On Tuesday Kurukuru will be at the Vincente Calderon Stadium where they will watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Spain and France. This is after they will watch the world champions train in their private training ground.

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