Going on this weekend at the Sports City in Vila-real is the annual "Torneo Promesas" which brings together youth teams from across Spain. Valencia won the title last year. Villarreal are one of the quarterfinalsts, taking on Levante later today.
In association with the tournament, a meeting of the La Liga clubs under the direction of league President Javier Tebas took place, and Tebas and Sr.Roig gave a press conference afterward. You can read a full story on it (in English) here, but the main points are as follows:
(1) 38 of the 42 clubs in the top two flights now have the media rights packaged together; 4 do not but it's expected they will before too long (I think these may be the Basque clubs?).
(2) Elche may have paid their long-standing debt to the taxman (apparently they did last week) but as far as the league is concernedthey still have other financial issues and so they remain relegated to the Segunda.
(3) Sporting Gijon and Real Zaragoza are forbidden from signing players for next season due to their financial constraints. Sporting will play in La Liga next year, Zaragoza could as well. Could be entertaining.
(4) Tebas talked as usual about match-fixing and the need to eradicate it; nothing new there.
(5) Villarreal's new high-tech grass surface received high praise, Tebas saying "to be the best league in the world, we have to have the best grass; we cannot give the image of the field of play not being well-kept". Sr. Roig, meanwhile, said we wanted to show the surface to the other clubs and hope others will follow our lead.
Here you can see the field being prepared for the installation of the new surface.
Sr. Tebas also said "the values that Villarreal CF has are what we want", referring to our strong financial management and our stance against match-fixing.
News too that Sr. Roig is to receive the Spanish Government's Royal Order of Sporting Merit. He'll be presented with that award tomorrow, just before the final of the tournament. Congratulations, Sr. Roig!! A well-deserved award!