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Villarreal to play a friendly honoring Mario Gaspar in Novelda

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Not for the yellow Submarine a trip to Hong Kong, China or Australia immediately after this season. Instead, a trip to Novelda, west of Alicante, hometown of "Super Mario" Gaspar!

SUPER MARIO!
SUPER MARIO!
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Villarreal have agreed to play a friendly match against Novelda, a club that competes in the same Tercera División group as Villarreal C.

The Novelda town council suggested this as part of a day honoring Mario Gaspar, born in the town.  There will be a civic reception in his honor and his name will be inscribed in the town "Book of Honor".  Pretty cool.

Novelda is a town about half the size of Vila-real, 27,000 people.  It apparently has some neat Art Moderne buildings in case anyone reading this happens to want to wander down there for the match and do some sightseeing.  The match will be played this Thursday at 8.30pm local time.

Congratulations, Mario!