Spanish football league, LaLiga, treated key members of South African media and key sports influencers to a memorable evening of Spanish cuisine, socialising and football-related discussions. The event ‘Tapas with Marcos, Football done the Spanish Way’ – took place yesterday at The Terrace, a bespoke roof-top function venue in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg.
A fusion of sports and lifestyle, guests were able to immerse themselves in the Spanish way of life with delicious tapas and traditional wines. The exclusive event also provided an opportunity for media to intimately engage with LaLiga South Africa’s new Managing Director, Marcos Pelegrin, around various topics, including sports development, globalisation of football in addition to the organisation’s footprint in Africa.
Attendees were urged to partake in a sports quiz and the team with the highest score winning their favourite team jersey, courtesy of the organisation. A fun, photo opportunity activation at the event also allowed media to experience the thrill of being part of LaLiga’s winning team by posing with the famous LaLiga Trophy.
Prior to all the of the fun,guests had networked and taken their seats, former LaLiga South Africa Managing Director, Antonio Barradas, took to the stage to officially hand the floor to Pelegrin after four years of tenacious leadership.
“I would like to congratulate Marcos on his appointment and do not doubt that he will achieve great things in his new role. Not only a brilliant businessman but Marcos also lives and breathes football – this kind of passion and dedication to the sport will serve him well as he promotes the growth of LaLiga across the region,” commented Barradas.
Having worked for the organisation since 2018 as a Manager for International Relations, Pelegrin –already a valued member of the LaLiga South Africa family – then shared a heart-warming speech that delved into his plans for the future of football in the country. He touched on the importance of supporting local women’s football, empowering future football stars through various development projects and uplifting local communities and football federations, promising that, under his leadership, LaLiga will continue with these key priorities to enhance the sport at all levels.
“When we enter a country, LaLiga aims to leave it better than when we came in. We will always measure our success by how much local football is shining, how many communities change for the better, and how many new local talents we can nurture into stardom,” Pelegrin explained.
Pelegrin concluded his speech with a powerful message: “I stand before you humbled and honoured to be trusted with this new position, but I do not stand alone. In football, you are only as good as your team, and LaLiga has blessed me with a team of some of the best, the brightest and the most passionate people I have had the pleasure of working with. Together, we face a new journey in LaLiga history. It may not all be smooth sailing, but I know that with a team like this in play, we can meet any challenge, together.”
And what a journey it’s going to be – beyond bringing thrilling, world-class football to fans across the continent, LaLiga plans to build a positive, lasting legacy in Africa, and beyond.