Potential ElClasico debutants

ElClasico is the game with the most and the best stars ever in football history. Both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona reinforced their squads over the summer, and up to six new players may well make their debuts in the legendary ElClasico

From their very first kick of a ball, every professional footballer dreams of playing in the biggest matches. There’s no doubt that the LaLiga Santander ElClasico is one of those, and one which all lovers of the beautiful game eagerly anticipate. Throughout history, some of the best players of all time have had the opportunity to represent FC Barcelona, Real Madrid – or both – in a match that never ceases to excite and compel.

Both Los Merengues and Los Cules made signings in the summer, and on October 24 several of them will have the opportunity and the honour of being able to make their ElClasico debuts. Up to six players could make their debut:

Memphis Depay:

The Dutch star came to LaLiga Santander with the intention of making his mark at Barcelona. He’d always dreamt of representing the club and soon he’ll get the chance to shine in ElClasico. The 27-year-old has hit the ground running and is one of the league’s most in-form attackers. He’s known for his exceptional talent, goalscoring ability, assist providing, plus the ability to conjure something out of thin air. There’s no doubt that FC Barcelona’s acquisition of Memphis could be decisive in what will be a showstopping afternoon at the Camp Nou, at 4:15PM on October 24.

Eric García:

Eric Garcia is a Barcelona boy through and through. The young centre-back from Martorell came through the club’s academy where he did in fact play against Real Madrid. He impressed at every stage of his development, captaining every La Masia side he featured in. He re-joined Barcelona this summer after the club saw in him a player that not only already possessed great quality as a youngster but could go on to form the heart of the club’s defence for years to come. It seems more than likely that Garcia will be making his ElClasico bow this season.

Luuk De Jong:

Luuk De Jong was a last-minute acquisition by Barcelona, joining on loan following a successful stint at Sevilla FC. The Dutch striker has come in to bolster the Barça attack, and will be keen to be among the goals for his new club. But will he manage to make it onto the scoresheet in his LaLiga Santander ElClasico debut?

Sergio Aguero:

Sergio Aguero, one of the best strikers in the history of the game, signed for FC Barcelona this summer. The Argentine is back in LaLiga Santander, where he’d already shone with Atletico Madrid. Bad luck with injuries is about to end, so he may well get his first chance to impress for FC Barcelona on October 24 in ElClasico.

Eduardo Camavinga:

Youth, self-confidence, quality, and power are just some of the hallmarks of Eduardo Camavinga. Real Madrid signed the midfielder with the aim that after bedding into the side he would go on to be a fixture in Los Blancos’ midfield in the coming seasons. Despite his tender years, the 18-year-old has already made quite the impact at his new club. He not only scored on his first appearance but has regularly pulled fans onto the edge of their seats with his class. There’s no doubt that this ElClasico will be the first of many for Camavinga

David Alaba:

29-year-old David Alaba joined Real Madrid during the last transfer window. The versatile Austrian footballer is keen to bring his experiences in elite football to the heart of Los Blancos’ back four. His performances so far this season for Carlo Ancelotti’s men have been of considerable merit. The next LaLiga Santander ElClasico will be a very special occasion for Alaba, as he’ll likely be making his maiden bow in this iconic clash. He’s a top-drawer player who his team will need in this kind of game.

Don’t miss ElClasico on October 24 at 10:15pm on the usual broadcaster: BeINSports

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Six key duels that could decide ElClasico

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid meet at Camp Nou this weekend (Sunday, 4.15pm CEST) in what is the most eagerly awaited club football clash in the world. Here are six direct match-ups which could well decide who takes home the points.

ElClasico is always such a tight contest and this weekend’s encounter could come down to a single individual battle on the chessboard that is the football pitch. Ahead of the meeting between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on Sunday, here comes a look at six duels that could prove decisive.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen vs Karim Benzema

Benzema is in terrific form and comes into ElClasico with nine goals from his eight LaLiga Santander appearances so far and after helping France to a Nations League triumph with his excellent performances in the Final Four. Real Madrid’s main man in attack appears to be unstoppable, but ter Stegen has managed to keep Benzema at bay over the years. In fact, the Frenchman has scored just twice across the 1,075 minutes they’ve shared on the pitch in previous ElClásico meetings. The number nine scored in their last encounter, however, in Los Blancos’ 2-1 win at Valdebebas last campaign.

Vinícius Jr vs Gerard Piqué

Benzema might be the primary goal scorer in this Real Madrid squad, but the player who seems to creates out of nothing is Vinícius and he’ll look to use his pace and trickery to get the better of Gerard Piqué. The Brazilian and the Spaniard are at opposite ends of their careers, so we’ll see youthful confidence going up against veteran experience and this could be key to the game’s outcome.

Frenkie de Jong vs Casemiro

As is so often the case in football, the key battles could be in the midfield – and keep a particular eye on the individual duel between Frenkie de Jong and Casemiro. These two players bring the energy to their respective midfields and are capable of playing their best football on the biggest occasions. Key to protecting their defences at the same time as getting forward to contribute to attack, de Jong and Casemiro are undoubtedly two of this fixture’s most important players.

Gavi vs Eduardo Camavinga

We might witness a glimpse into the future during this October’s ElClasico, with 17-year-old Gavi and 18-year-old Camavinga likely to earn some minutes at the Camp Nou. Both these players have caught the eye to start the 2021/22 campaign, with Gavi making an impact after emerging through Barça’s La Masia academy and with Camavinga hitting the ground running at Real Madrid following his summer transfer from Rennes. If these two players do feature in this game, perhaps off the bench, then they’ll likely occupy the same area of the pitch and their fresh legs in the final stages could prove decisive.

Ansu Fati vs David Alaba

There is great excitement at Barcelona at Ansu Fati’s comeback, after he returned from a 10-month injury layoff by scoring a goal against Levante on his first match back. The 18-year-old has inherited Lionel Messi’s iconic number ten shirt at Camp Nou and will be looking to score against Real Madrid, just as he did in this same fixture last year before his knee injury. Out to prevent the teenager from repeating last year’s trick is summer signing David Alaba, the experienced centre-back who has seamlessly slotted into Real Madrid’s back line. While Los Blancos’ defence has been leakier than Carlo Ancelotti would like, that’s not Alaba’s fault and the Austrian will be determined to earn a clean sheet in his first ElClasico.

Memphis Depay vs Thibaut Courtois

While ter Stegen vs Benzema is a duel we’ve enjoyed many times before, the upcoming battle between Thibaut Courtois and Memphis is a relatively novel one. They have only shared the pitch for 17 minutes in their careers, back in 2015/16 when they both played in English football, so this should be a special face-off between the goalkeeper and the forward at Camp Nou. Both players have started 2021/22 in good form and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the result of this ElClasico comes down to a one-on-one chance between the Dutchman and Belgian.

Watch ElClasico this Sunday at 10:15pm on BeINSports.

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ElClasico set to showcase some of the brightest young talent in world football

FC Barcelona face Real Madrid this Sunday (4.15pm CEST) in a clash which pits together some of the most exciting rising stars in football today. Here’s a look at some of the best talent to keep an eye on.

LaLiga Santander leads the way with more nominees for the 2021 Golden Boy than any other league, with Pedri, Gavi, Camavinga and Rodrygo all nominated alongside Villarreal’s mercurial 19-year-old Yeremi Pino.

There is something special about the Barcelona and Real Madrid squads this season: both clubs have many young talents earning serious minutes. Both are inside the top six when looking at the LaLiga Santander teams with the youngest average ages, demonstrating that Ronald Koeman and Carlo Ancelotti are both placing their trust in rising stars. Here’s a look at the up-and-coming talents at Barcelona and at Real Madrid in each position.  

In goals: Lunin and Peña have talent even if they lack minutes

In Marc-André ter Stegen and Thibaut Courtois, Barcelona and Real Madrid have two of the best goalkeepers in the world. That means it is incredibly difficult for up-and-coming shot-stoppers like Iñaki Peña and Andriy Lunin to earn minutes. Yet these young goalkeepers have impressed in training and with their national teams, with Peña having been involved at all youth levels for Spain and even making the senior team’s bench for one friendly, while Lunin has featured for Ukraine’s senior side on six occasions.

In defence: Both clubs already have their centre-backs of the future

Finding world-class centre-backs is one of the most difficult tasks in football, but both Barcelona and Real Madrid have young central defenders they believe in. Éder Militão’s excellent end to last season convinced Real Madrid that the 23-year-old Brazilian is already capable of leading their back line and he has started 2021/22 on the front foot too. Over in Barcelona, Koeman has been rotating between two young centre-backs to start the campaign as 20-year-old Eric García and 22-year-old Ronald Araújo have each shown promise.

Also in defence, there is excitement at both clubs over the promising young left-backs to have come through their respective academies. At Real Madrid, 20-year-old Miguel Gutiérrez has already earned 10 appearances for the first team after catching Zinedine Zidane’s eye and then earning further opportunities with Carlo Ancelotti. Barcelona, meanwhile, have high hopes for Alejandro Balde, the 17-year-old who sadly saw his first senior start end prematurely because of an injury. In 20-year-old Sergiño Dest, Barcelona also have a quality right-back to be excited about.

In midfield: The future has arrived with Valverde, Pedri, Camavinga and Gavi

The centre of the pitch is so important and both Barcelona and Real Madrid already have young midfielders who can lead their sides for many years to come. Nobody has made more appearances for Real Madrid so far this term than Fede Valverde, just like nobody had more appearances at Barcelona last year than Pedri’s 52. What was incredible about Pedri last season was that the 18-year-old had never before played at LaLiga Santander level, yet he immediately became one of the most important players for Barça and then for the Spanish national team.

This year, the Pedri story is being replicated with Gavi, who has emerged from Barcelona’s La Masia academy and then slotted in seamlessly to the Spain squad, even becoming La Roja’s youngest ever player during the Nations League Final Four at the age of 17 and 62 days. Eduardo Camavinga has been just as impressive at Real Madrid, scoring and assisting across his first few appearances following his move from Rennes.

So impressive have the performances of these young stars been that Pedri, Camavinga and Gavi are among LaLiga’s five nominees for this year’s Golden Boy award, given to the best U21 player in European football.

With other young talents earning minutes too, such as Nico, Riqui Puig and Antonio Blanco, it’s clear that Barcelona and Real Madrid have young talent in midfield, players who’ll dominate in the future but who are already impressing in the present.

In attack: Ansu Fati vs Vinícius could be the great individual battle of the next decade

In Ansu Fati and in Vinícius, Barcelona and Real Madrid each have a talented young forward who could go on to become one of the world’s very best. The Spain and Brazil internationals have burst onto the scene in LaLiga Santander and have already demonstrated that they deserve to be starting up front for these two prestigious clubs. With Ansu Fati still just 18 and with Vinícius only 21, both players have room for growth and the latter is showing that this season by already scoring five LaLiga Santander goals, surpassing last season’s tally. Ansu Fati, meanwhile, has just returned from a long-term injury and will be looking to rediscover the form he showed when he shocked the world as a 16-year-old.

As well as those two blue-chip forwards, there are other young attackers at Barcelona and Real Madrid who also have the potential to leave their mark on the game. From Yusuf Demir to Rodrygo – another 2021 Golden Boy nominee –, Barcelona and Real Madrid have as many rising stars in attack as they do in every other position.

Watch ElClasico live this Sunday at 10:15pm on BeINSports

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Empowering Special Needs with Technology

Infinite Minds Academy, based in Bandar Sunway, Selangor, conducts Digital Tech programs for people with Special Needs, their programs include animation development, app making, multimedia designing, basic engineering, electronics & robotics, 3D design and printing, programming, and more. 

Established in 2013, their programs cater for special needs children from as young as 8 years old to special needs adults. Specifically those that are seeking to sustain themselves economically and to live with dignity, without having to depend on government handouts and public donations. Their services are mainly for those that have been diagnosed with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Dyslexia, Down Syndrome, Slow Learner, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, and those who are Deaf and Mute, etc.

Their individual strength based programs aim to empower each young adult with special needs with the necessary tech skills to be more financially independent. These skills have been carefully hand-picked from observing the current demand for job skills in the market while matching it to the strengths and abilities of their students. Furthermore, the demand for these skills have been on a sharp rise since the pandemic and many businesses turning online. Ultimately, they can choose to work from home by being self employed gig workers, or taking up various projects from the Academy. 

Being in the business for more than a decade, Infinite Minds Academy has trained students not only in terms of independence, but they went on to win many awards in various competitions. For example, their students won both Gold and Silver, in app development and animation respectively, in the prestigious Malaysian Technology Expo, they were competing against university students, organisations both local and international. Beside that, during the recent Movement Control Order (MCO), their 11 year old Special Needs student who is mute and hearing impaired invented a 3D printed face mask extender for those wearing ‘tudung’ or turbans, which has been hot selling! The items were also purchased by buyers from the USA, UK, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, UAE, Australia and New Zealand via online.

People with special needs are more capable than what society perceives them to be. Technology has enhanced their ability to perform, oftentimes even superior compared to any other person. However, most are still facing the brunt of discrimination and bullying throughout their lives, especially ones with non visible disabilities much like learning disabilities that may be viewed as misbehaviours of social awkwardness instead. 

Most of the programs are running fully Online now. The Covid-19 situation has been a blessing in disguise as the academy has embarked on further digital enhancements since last year. This gave the opportunity to more students to join remotely.

Infinite Minds Academy’s empowerment efforts are well supported by agencies like SME Corporation, Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and Human Resource Development Corporation. In addition, corporates like AirAsia Foundation, IJN Foundation and others had supported in purchasing these special needs students’ products and animations.

And if you are from the corporate sector, and wish to help through CSR, i.e. to purchase products designed by them, and services – animated adverts / design services etc. Please contact Infinite Minds Academy at +6012-257 9498 or info@infinitemindsacademy.com

For more info about the services provided by Infinite Minds Academy, check out their website.

Don’t Miss Out On Instant Rebates, Merchandise & Prizes at Sunway Velocity Mall’s ‘Kita Support Kita’ Campaign!

As Malaysians slowly embrace the new norm of this endemic, Sunway Velocity Mall has taken the initiative to welcome shoppers back with their latest ‘Kita Support Kita’ campaign that aims to boost the country’s economy and retail industry. From the 15th of October till the 14th of November 2021, there will be an indoor and outdoor Pop-Up Market, exclusive merchandise, Instagrammable photo-ops, and redeemable instant rebates up to RM55,000! Most of the merchants at Sunway Velocity will be participating in this amazing campaign and you won’t want to miss this opportunity to get special deals and cashbacks at your favourite retail brands. Take a look at some of the promotions and activities that will be going on in conjunction with the ‘Kita Support Kita’ campaign:

1. Redeem Instant Rebates At Your Favourite Outlets!

During the course of this campaign, you will stand a chance in redeeming instant rebates up to RM55,000 at your favourite outlets such as TGV Cinemas, Clarins, Timberland, Levis, Dockers, Carlo Rino, and more! 

There will be different participating outlets and deals every week so make sure you refer to the weekly schedules that are posted up on Sunway Velocity Mall’s social media platforms.

2. Shop at The Vibrant Indoor & Outdoor Pop-Up Market!

Sunway Velocity Mall’s ‘Kita Support Kita’ Pop-Up Market will feature local and international brands at the dedicated indoor and outdoor locations. You will find yourself spoiled for choice at this market which will be held at the Main Atrium, Ground Floor, and Nanjing Street, Level 1. Whether it is fashion, accessories, arts and crafts, snacks, or food and beverages, you will find it all at this lively Pop-Up Market! Also, shoppers get to take photos with the colourful decors of various shapes and sizes that were assembled in a way to symbolize Sunway Velocity Mall’s mission to rebuild the economy and help businesses reach their maximum potential.

3. More Merchandise & Vouchers Up For Redemption!

The fun continues in this ‘Kita Support Kita’ campaign as Sunway Velocity Mall is giving you the privilege to redeem special merchandise such as RM10 F&B e-cash vouchers and a metal straw when you spend RM300 (RM200 for Sunway Velocity mobile app users) in three (3) receipts in the mall. Also, PLUGMY and Sunway Velocity Mall have come up with a brilliant T-shirt customization for shoppers to personalize their T-shirts with weekly-released patches! If you spend RM600 (RM500 for Sunway Velocity mobile app users) on five (5) receipts in the mall, you get to walk away with an exclusive PlugMy T-shirt, limited edition patches, and a Caring Care Packet too!

4. Join The FUJIFILM Photo Contest!

Win an INSTAX camera from FUJIFILM when you join the photo contest during this campaign period! All you need to do is take a photo with the various photo opt areas at the Pop-Up Market located at both the Main Atrium and Nanjing Street, post it on your Instagram feed, and tag @sunwayvelocitymall and @fujifilmmy on your photo.

With its pop-up market and exciting activities, the ‘Kita Support Kita’ campaign is bound to give everyone a fun and enjoyable shopping experience at Sunway Velocity Mall. The combination of Sunway Velocity Mall’s campaign and the support from shoppers will definitely contribute to the boost of the economy and retail industry. So remember, save the dates because Sunway Velocity Mall is all ready to welcome you back with rebates, prizes, vouchers, and more waiting for you!

For the latest updates about the ‘Kita Support Kita’ campaign, check out Sunway Velocity Mall’s Facebook page, Instagram, and official website.

Following the current SOP rules, only fully vaccinated individuals are allowed to enter with proper safety measures taking place throughout the entire mall. If you are not fully vaccinated, fret not as Sunway Velocity Mall has a personal shopper service to assist and purchase on your behalf.

Amazing Rewards Await You At Sunway Malls!

Enjoy Weekly Super Deals and Marked Down Redemptions!

It’s back! Pals 2 Pals Deals by Sunway Pals is back by popular demand and this time, you get to enjoy more amazing deals and merchandise! From Buy 1 Free 1 promotions, rebates, discounts, to on-ground rewards from over 1,000 participating Sunway Pals merchants, you won’t want to miss the variety of deals happening from 15 October till 14 November 2021 at Sunway Pyramid, Sunway Putra Mall, Sunway Velocity Mall, and Sunway Carnival Mall

Sunway Pals is one of the most extensive membership programmes out there that encompasses shopping, travel, property, education, healthcare, theme park, and more. It also comes with its very own mobile app, Pals For Life, which gives its members seamless point collection and redemption experiences.

Let’s take a look at the Pals 2 Pals Deals and the benefits of the Sunway Pals membership:

1. Unbelievable Super Deals & Up To 20X Pals Points Waiting For You

Get ready to enjoy amazing super bargains during the Pals 2 Pals Deals campaign! This is the best time for you to collect up to 20X Pals Points and enjoy special discounts of up to 50% when you shop at participating outlets. Also, don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for Sunway Pals merchants who will be having rebates up to RM50 off storewide as well as Buy 1 Free 1 promotions!

Get Additional Pals Points and Buy 1 Free 1 Promotion from these merchants and many more!
Get Cash Rebates and Discounts from these merchants and many more!

2. Get Your Favourite Items For As Low As RM5!

Enjoy marked-down prices of selected items at various merchants when you redeem with Pals Points ranging from RM5 to RM15 throughout the entire campaign period. Let’s say a cup of juice is worth RM10, with your Pals Points you can get it for only RM5! That’s right, you can save up so much more when you spend with your Pals Points. Not enough Pals Points? Simply purchase e-Gift Cards via the Pals For Life app and start enjoying the amazing marked-down deals.

Enjoy this drink from Juice Works and many more items at only RM5! 
Check out these places that are offering Marked Down Redemptions too!

3. Enjoy Parking Rewards For Sunway Pals

When it comes to cashless and ticketless parking at Sunway Pyramid during the Pals 2 Pals Deals campaign, members will get to enjoy RM1 OFF parking fee via the Pals For Life mobile app’s e-wallet payment method. All you need to do is key in these promo codes at the payment page:

  • Boost: BOOST
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4. Claim Rewards At Sunway Pals Booth!

To redeem additional rewards, head down to Sunway Pals booth at respective Sunway Malls, download the Pals For Life mobile app on the spot and join a simple activity to redeem exclusive rewards!

Visit them at:

Sunway Pyramid: Opposite A&W, LG2 (1 Nov to 14 Nov 2021)

Sunway Putra Mall: Main Concourse, G Floor (15 Oct to 31 Oct)

Sunway Velocity Mall: The World of Sunway, L1-21 (15 Oct to 14 Nov)

Sunway Carnival Mall: Opposite UG concourse (1 Nov to 14 Nov 2021)

5. How To Get More Pals Points & Special Rewards?

It’s simple! Simply download the ‘Pals For Life’ mobile app and start enjoying all the deals at participating merchants. What’s more? You can also enjoy FREE shopping by converting your airlines points (from Malaysia Airlines Enrich Points and AirAsia Big Points) and bank points (from CIMB Bank, HSBC Bank and UOB Bank) to Sunway Pals Points.

Pals 2 Pals Deal is the perfect opportunity for you to accumulate Pals Points to redeem rewards and maximise every ringgit spent at Sunway Malls when you present your Pals For Life mobile app during payment or redemption at participating merchants’ outlets.

Collect Additional Pals Points at various merchants now!

Don’t miss out on the Pals 2 Pals Deal to enjoy MORE SAVING, MORE REWARDS, and MORE DEALS! Sign up for your FREE Sunway Pals membership today at the Sunway Pals website or download the Pals For Life app HERE.

LaLiga Grassroots is here, a bid by LaLiga to support and promote grassroots football around the world

LaLiga Grassroots will take LaLiga’s sports and academic methodology to a new level in order to further strive for sporting excellence in bringing through young players and training coaches both nationally and internationally.

A web platform has been launched with detailed information on this new initiative, through which interested parties will also be able to access the pre-registration process for the sports programmes set to begin in the summer of 2022 at the ESC Madrid Center.

Madrid, October 14, 2021. – LaLiga has announced the launch of LaLiga Grassroots, in its bid to further advance and improve its bespoke sports and training projects as well as the promotion of LaLiga’s know-how and methodology. This initiative is part of a series of international sports projects that LaLiga has been running since 2015 across multiple markets, and its most salient new feature is this series of programmes which will take place in Spain. These will mainly be held at the ESC Madrid Center, a state-of-the-art, world-beating sports complex.

“LaLiga Grassroots was conceived as a new specialised unit conceived by the Sports Projects team and the International Business and Development team,” explains Juan Florit, head of LaLiga Sports Projects and who will be in charge of the technical and sports side of LaLiga Grassroots. “Our activities will mainly focus on the holistic development of young players, international training programmes for professionals in the sector, and projects to promote and support LaLiga clubs when it comes to their academies and running international tournaments.”

This new project represents a further step in LaLiga’s creation and execution of sports projects, an area through which it has enjoyed great success over the last six seasons. This includes finding positions for nearly 750 Spanish coaches, as well as providing training for more than 20,000 coaches and 175,000 players in the more than 400 projects carried out across 38 countries.

“The work we’ve carried out over the years in training players and coaches internationally has taken things to the next level, not only for those who have worked with LaLiga, but also for the league itself and its clubs,” says Javier Hernandez, Head of Business and International development for the project. “We’re convinced that now, with the creation of LaLiga Grassroots and the new programmes that we’ll be running at the ESC Madrid Center, we’ll be able to create better opportunities for everyone.”

Two big programmes and unique, world-class facilities

LaLiga Grassroots offers a variety of programmes which focus on improving players’ abilities through channelling the power of sport as an educational tool to promote their all-round development. Within the Grassroots project, there are two long-term programmes aimed at young people from all over the world set to take place in Spain and which are the most notable:

LaLiga Talents and LaLiga Academy.

These programmes are aimed at male and female players between the ages of 12 and 18 years and are oriented towards giving these athletes an all-round training experience, taking care of and supporting their personal development both on and off the pitch. The main difference between both programmes is that LaLiga Talents is centred around players who already work in a high-performance training environment, with the aim of helping them develop and get the most out of their talent to reach the best level attainable, while LaLiga Academy focuses on improving and optimising the abilities of players who want to experience a unique sports and educational programme curated by LaLiga.

There will be short-term and long-term activities included in these programmes such as LaLiga Camps and high-performance training camps for teams, mixed groups and international players. These aim to improve both preparation and development on an individual and collective level.

All programmes in Spain will take place at the ESC Madrid Center, a state-of-the-art complex that will open its doors in the summer of 2022.

The centre has an on-site 400-capacity residence with 24-hour security, an international school equipped with an auditorium, library, laboratory, clinic, as well as several game, rest and study rooms. Likewise, the complex houses two state-of-the-art football pitches and various training areas, an NBA court, gym and a swimming pool. Overall, this makes the centre the ideal place to achieve the synergy between sports training and academic education that LaLiga Grassroots projects seek to achieve.

These facilities will be available to all LaLiga clubs wishing to run training programmes, carry out brand internationalisation projects or have other needs, and they will also have the LaLiga Academy Manager software, created by LaLiga in order to optimise the management and daily operation of academies.

Registration for all these programmes, as well as additional information about them, is now available on the website https://www.laligagrassroots.com/en

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A high-voltage clash in LaLiga Santander gets the engines running for ElClasico

FC Barcelona will this weekend host Valencia CF in a Camp Nou stadium with 100% permitted capacity for the first time since March 2020.

With Jose Bordalas at the helm, ‘Los Che’ come into the encounter ahead of Barcelona in the table and with some of the brightest young talents in Spanish football.

LaLiga Santander is back with a bang after the international break, with a very tasty clash set to round off the weekend at the Camp Nou. FC Barcelona host Valencia at 9pm CEST on Sunday in what has become one of LaLiga’s most high-profile rivalries over the past two decades – in particular since the late 1990s, when Valencia lived a golden era of LaLiga and European titles and every match against Barcelona seemed to throw up goal fest after goal fest.

These high-scoring encounters have returned in recent years, as have a score of incredibly memorable matches. The 2019 Copa del Rey final saw Valencia upset Lionel Messi’s Barcelona 2-1 in Seville against all the odds, while their last four meetings in LaLiga Santander have seen an average of 4.5 goals per game (5-2, 2-0, 2-2, 3-2).

No less is expected of this Sunday’s encounter; in fact, even more is anticipated. Valencia CF are a different side from that which has struggled over the past couple of seasons – since that 2019 Copa del Rey final, to be exact.

This season, with new coach Jose Bordalas at the helm, Los Che have quickly proven themselves to be a solid, reliable, effective, and exciting side. They’ve recovered the essence of what made Valencia sides so thrilling over the years, and head to Camp Nou one spot ahead of Barcelona in the standings. In fact, they even rose as high as joint leaders six matches into the season, before dropping points in two tough, consecutive games against Real Madrid and Sevilla FC.

Jose Gaya and Carlos Soler, two of Valencia’s most important players, are back for this weekend’s match, though they’ll be without Paraguayan centre-back Omar Alderete through suspension, whose place will most likely be taken by Mouctar Diakhaby. Regardless, Bordalas should be delighted with the performances of his team so far this season, and especially so with those of Jasper Cillessen – who returns to the Camp Nou two years after his move to Mestalla – Hugo Guillamon, playing further forward in midfield, the exciting young American winger Yunus Musah, and Gonçalo Guedes, who looks to be back to his thrilling best.

Up the coast in Barcelona, coach Ronald Koeman is set to face his former side with renewed spirits. His side were outclassed last time out at Atletico de Madrid (2-0), but with a number of players now recovered from injury this Barcelona side looks to be a different proposition. Ansu Fati is likely ready to start and has already shown himself to be match sharp with a tremendous solo goal against Levante UD after almost a full calendar year out with injury. Sergio Agüero, meanwhile, could be in line to make his debut for the club, while Ousmane Dembele is also reaching the end of his return from injury. Koeman lost Uruguayan centre-back Ronald Araujo to injury this international break, but both Memphis and teenage sensation Gavi return with their spirits in the sky after strong showings with the Netherlands and Spain, respectively.

Just a glance at the players to watch in Barcelona vs Valencia this weekend demonstrates why this is one of the most important matches in world football when it comes to young talent. Both sides boast one of the most prolific and impressive youth academies in European football, and the list of young rising stars set to be on show at Camp Nou is astounding: Ansu Fati, Gavi, de Jong, Dest, Yusuf Demir, Riqui Puig, Nico Gonzalez, Carlos Soler, Guillamón, Yunus Musah, Racic, Guedes and Hugo Duro… Factor in those likely to miss the match – Pedri, perhaps the brightest young star in world football right now, Dembele, Eric Garcia, Araujo – and it’s clear that these two sides are absolutely ‘can’t miss’ for football lovers around the globe looking to catch an eye on the stars of the future.

What’s more, this weekend will see Camp Nou open its doors to a 100% capacity crowd for the first time since March 2020, thanks to the recent decision by the regional Catalan authorities to remove all restrictions on outdoor arenas. It’s an ideal starting point ahead of next weekend’s ElClasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the biggest stadium in Europe. But all eyes will be on this weekend first, though; FC Barcelona vs Valencia CF has all the ingredients to be one of the best matches of the season so far. You won’t want to miss it.

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LaLiga Santander Matchday 9 preview: Koeman set to face his former club as FC Barcelona host Valencia CF

LaLiga Santander is back following the international break this weekend with eight fixtures taking place over the course of Saturday, Sunday and Monday. One fixture jumps off the schedule: FC Barcelona hosting Valencia CF at the Camp Nou on Sunday night, a can’t-miss match for many, many reasons.

Before that, though, the action starts with a fascinating fixture between two clubs who changed their coach during the international pause. Levante UD, who replaced Paco López with Javier Pereira, will face Getafe CF, who have welcomed back Quique Sánchez Flores to take over from Míchel. Logically, both of the new coaches will be hoping to start on the front foot and to lead their struggling clubs out of the relegation zone as soon as possible. This Saturday evening match should therefore be an engrossing affair.

There is one other match on Saturday night, with Real Sociedad hosting RCD Mallorca with the chance for the Basque side to go top of the LaLiga Santander table. La Real are currently level on points at the top with Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid, neither of whom will play this weekend and whose matches were postponed due to the late return of some of their South American players, meaning that the Txuri Urdin have a unique opportunity in front of them.

Four of the Matchday 9 fixtures will take place on Sunday, starting with lunchtime kick-off Rayo Vallecano vs Elche CF. For many analysts, these two clubs were among the favourites for relegation ahead of the season, but they have both proved the doubters wrong with excellent starts to the campaign. Rayo Vallecano, in particular, have started phenomenally and, led by star signing Radamel Falcao, have propelled themselves into the European positions.

Two other teams with European qualification aspirations meet next, with RC Celta welcoming Sevilla FC to Spain’s north-western coast. The Andalusians suffered their first loss of the 2021/22 campaign just before the October international break, so will be looking to scratch that itch when they meet Iago Aspas and co.

Villarreal CF host CA Osasuna on Sunday evening, with the visitors having started the season really well by taking 14 points from their first eight matches. Villarreal, meanwhile, are the only undefeated team left in LaLiga Santander, but they have only won two of their seven fixtures, drawing the other five. Having made a new signing during the October pause, acquiring free agent Serge Aurier, the Yellow Submarine will be hoping for a boost and another victory for the win column.

At 9pm CEST on Sunday night, it’s blockbuster time: FC Barcelona vs Valencia CF at the Camp Nou. For under-pressure Blaugrana coach Ronald Koeman, this meeting with his former club is massive and he’ll hope for a better result than the 2-2 draw these two sides played out last season. Valencia have improved leaps and bounds since then and their new coach José Bordalás even beat Koeman’s Barça side last campaign, when in charge of Getafe, so this won’t be easy for the Catalan side. Over the past six meetings between these historic foes, there have been two wins each and two draws, throwing up an average of 4.5 goals per game, so anything could happen on Sunday night.

On Monday, there are two more fixtures. The first pits together D. Alavés and Real Betis; home team remain inside the relegation zone but they did win their last match at Mendizorrotza against champions Atlético Madrid in impressive fashion. Against the Verdiblancos, they’ll be hoping for another big scalp.

Next up is a historic match. RCD Espanyol and Cádiz CF haven’t faced each other in league play since 2006, but will finally do so again on Monday night. Having always been in different divisions since then, this is far from a common fixture and it’ll be special when these two sides from opposite ends of Spain take to the same pitch to conclude this weekend’s action.  

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The Most Anticipated & Vibrant Lifestyle Centre In Southern Klang Valley – Townsquare at Gamuda Cove

Here is what a township of the future would look like – Gamuda Cove, a smart city in the middle of nature’s sanctuary. Surrounded by the Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands, lush green streetscape, powered by 5G and green technology, Gamuda Cove is a perfect amalgamation of business, leisure, and family life. 

Gamuda Cove, a smart 10-minute city in the middle of nature’s sanctuary

Gamuda Cove is developed with the needs of you and your family in mind. Stretching over an area of 1,530 acres, it has everything you need in one place. Say goodbye to the daily long hours in traffic, because here you can access everything you need within 10-minutes, including the Heart of Cove, CBD with a health & wellness district, education district, and financial services. That’s why Gamuda Cove is also known as the 10-minute city

Furthermore, you can commute easily around Gamuda Cove using zero carbon transportation like the e-tram network around the Heart of Cove, the e-transport city link, scooter and bicycle lanes and more. Walking and cycling are safe, and you can integrate a healthy lifestyle into your daily routine – staying fit and healthy has never been so easy! 

With an aim to give you the perfect balance for a fulfilling life, Gamuda Cove has a 5G network to cater to your evolving digital lifestyles. Now you can choose to work from the comforts of your home or outdoors with more focus and productivity. 


Townsquare is easily accessible by 3 major highways – North-South Expressway Central Link (ELITE), Maju Expressway (MEX), New Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE). A new Cyberjaya interchange will connect Gamuda Cove to Cyberjaya and reduce the travelling distance from 22km to 2km, making travel easier. Besides that, the e-tram that goes around the Central Business District reduces traffic and the hassle of going around the city. 

It is a convenient location for anyone to access you, which in turn will escalate your business to new heights. This is a development to anticipate for and it is targeted to reach 100,000 residents in Gamuda Cove by 2030. Its strategic location also means that there is a 650,000 daily catchment within a 10km radius, such as Putrajaya, Cyberjaya, Subang USJ, etc. Not only that, there will be 3 million travellers by car along the ELITE highway, 103,000 nearby workforces from KLIA, Cyberjaya and Putrajaya, and 60 million passengers in KLIA and KLIA2. And it only takes 20 minutes to travel from Gamuda Cove to KLIA! 

SplashMania – Asia’s largest rainforest themed water park, coming soon in 2022

If you’re planning on having a splashing good family time, head on over to SplashMania – Asia’s largest rainforest themed water park with award winning water slides, including ‘World’s First’ and ‘Asia’s First’! 

But wait, there is more! Townsquare is also connected to the vibrant offerings of Discovery Park and is within the vicinity of eco-tourism spots of the 90-acre Forest Park & Wetlands Arboretum, as well as the 1,111-acre Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands. There’s a variety of exciting activities for the whole family, such as the Cove Aerobar, the BeachPool Club, the Goosebumps Rope Course, and the motomaniac. At the Wetlands, you have the Safari-Insta Tour, Horse Riding, a Jungle School Program, scenic Boat Cruise, and many more.

These attractions are projected to attract 1.3 million unique visitors, especially because it is strategically located near KLIA. For more info check out https://www.discoverypark.com.my 

Townsquare, the European inspired lifestyle retail hub in Gamuda Cove

Townsquare is the first lifestyle retail hub in Gamuda Cove where commercial, leisure and entertainment are located. The 100 street-level retail units are easily accessible to the large catchment of tourists from SplashMania, Discovery Park and Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands.  Ranging from 2,200 to 5,800 sqft and starting from RM1.5 million, this is a smart investment that would guarantee a steady stream of rental income with properly maintained streetscapes and pedestrian walkways.

Townsquare envisions to bring the “KL & PJ” lifestyle into the region, comprising distinctly designed pedestrian friendly streets, eateries, bistros, cafes, street level shops, and shaded walkways, with fountains and instagrammable landmarks as well as a wide open multipurpose square to organise events or weekend markets.

Townsquare’s outdoor alfresco concept is inspired by alleyways in Paris

Furthermore, Townsquare’s outdoor alfresco concept is designed for optimal ambient temperature to achieve a thermal comfort environment, with tree canopies, ceiling and wall fans, and a wide glass canopy to ensure a continuous protected and cooling walkway from one end to another.  

Inspired by alleyways in Paris, Townsquare will potentially be the center of activity with buzzing alleys full with retail and lifestyle options for everybody! 


Since the COVID19 pandemic, we now realise the importance of our environment on our mental health and wellbeing. We want a conducive home office to work-from-home, we want less time in traffic and more time for productivity and meaningful activities, we want a safe and healthy space for our children to grow up in – All these are available for you at Gamuda Cove

Don’t take our word for it, come and see for yourself what Gamuda Cove has to offer. The virtual event will be held on 16 October 2021, Saturday at 2 pm, and there will be exciting prize giveaways and lucky draw with prizes worth up to RM15,000 for grabs! Register now or call 03-92120455 for more information.

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