By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Jewish Woman Wins European League Soccer Cup

Atletico Madrid B who play in Segunda Division...
Atletico Madrid B who play in Segunda Division B of the Spanish League (Photo credit: Wikipedia)





Almudena Cathedral, Madrid, Spain Français : C...
Almudena Cathedral, Madrid, Spain Français : Cathédrale de l'Almudena de Madrid, Espagne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Recently, the Madrid soccer club "Atlético Madrid" won the European League soccer championship over another team from Spain (it was an all-Spanish final, although the championship covers all of Europe). 


First stop after the victory for the trophy? The Madrid cathedral dedicated to the Virgin of Almudena. The team presented the cup to "la Virgen":

The celebrations resulting from Atlético Madrid winning their third European trophy in two years started mid-afternoon in central Madrid with the offering of the cup as tribute to the Virgin of La Almudena, patron of Madrid. This was the first stop on a tour of many, including the city hall and the regional council building, before ending the festivities at the statue of Neptune [a famous Madrid landmark and plaza].
Fountain of Neptune at the Plaza de Cánovas de...
Fountain of Neptune at the Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo (square) in Madrid (Spain). Español: Fuente de Neptuno en la Plaza de Cánovas del Castillo de Madrid (España). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The club’s president, Enrique Cerezo, declared “We’re here to offer thanks and offer the cup as a tribute to the Virgin of La Almudena, and ask that she continue to bless this great Atlético Madrid family, to whom they’ll always be grateful.

Following the ceremony, the first team players approached the altar. First, both team captains, Luis Amarento Perea and Antonio López went up with the cup. The rest of the squad and management team followed, led by Diego Pablo Simeone.

Who says chivalry is dead? The heart of Europe still throws off Christian sparks, now and then. ¡Viva España!


N.B. There is another great Madrid soccer club known as "Real Madrid" (the "Royal Madrid" club), which recently beat archrival Barcelona, another world-class team. By the way, the team that lost the European League championship was from Bilbao in the Basque region of Spain.


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