The Gulf Coast Texans are pleased to announce that through its affiliation with the Dallas Texans Soccer Club, it will become part of the cooperation agreement that the Club Atlético de Madrid signed with the Dallas Texans Soccer Club.
Founded in 1903, Club Atlético de Madrid has 112 years of history. It is one of the most highly decorated clubs in the world, and indisputably in Spain.
In its recent history, the Club has been showing a great dominance on the field being able to play 9 finals and to win 7 titles, which makes the last 5 years a memorable period in the History of Club Atlético de Madrid, full of achievements and remarkable records: 2 Europa Leagues, 2 UEFA Supercup, 1 Spanish Kings Cup, 1 League, 1 Spanish Supercup. All of these victories caught the attention of both local and global media and football fans and made Atletico one of the most renowned and attractive teams worldwide.
We are extremely excited about this cooperation. It will allow our Austin coaches to spend time in Madrid every year observing training at Atletico de Madrid's youth academy.
Nike, the major sponsor of the Austin Texans and Atletico de Madrid, was instrumental in the creation of this relationship. Dale Legband, President of The Austin Texans, believes that "More and more players from Austin Texans club aspire to play professionally and this international partnership may help facilitate that. With that in mind we want to give our players an avenue to sign with the European clubs. But even for our players who want to go on and play in college, the exposure of our coaches and players to the European style of play is extremely beneficial, especially from the country and culture that has been European and World champions."
On behalf of Atletico de Madrid, Emilio Gutierrez, the Academy General Director, added that “as a sports organization, we think that football, due to the media dimension that it reaches internationally, and due to the values that it represents, is becoming a strategic tool that serves to bring cultures together and tighten bonds between countries and people. Sport, when well channeled, is an excellent platform of global communication, which functions to send messages, perform actions and project business strategies on a worldwide level.
For this reason, we have always believed in goodness of sharing strategies with organizations and institutions which allow us to promote our relationships with other countries and establish synergies that are beneficial for all of the parties involved.