Top footballers in Las Torres

This year, for the 11th consecutive time, Martin Tierney and Soccer Experience are bringing some top class footballers to Tenerife, to play in the Veterans International Tournament 2017, in the Las Torres Pavilion.

Sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera and ex-Barça star Nayim

The weekend, November 11th and 12th, with the support of the Adeje council’s department of sport, brings together local amateur players, who generally play weekly in the Soccer Experience league here, and ex-pros from the Scottish, English, Irish and Spanish leagues. This year, for instance, Irish internationals Andy Reid and John Thomson are travelling over, as is Nayim, ex-Barça player, and John Fawcett of Royale International is bringing a full Nottingham Forrest squad to Adeje for the weekend.
While it’s a fun weekend of football, the teams take the matches seriously. This is also very much an open event for the public. It’s free in, with a chance to see some of your favourite ex-league stars, playing in 15 minute matches over the two days. The matches start from 12.15 on Saturday and Sunday, playing in a mini league format with finals on Sunday afternoon.
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Liverpool victorious in 10th anniversary tournament

The Liverpool side took home the main trophy in the 10th Veterans 7’s Football tournament, organised by Soccer Experience in collaboration with the Adeje department of Sports, held annually in the Las Torres Pavilion.

The winning Liverpool side

The winning Liverpool side

This tournament brings together local veteran teams with ex-professionals from the Spanish, English, Scottish and Irish leagues. Run over two days with two trophies to be won, over 50 matches were played, each of 15 minutes duration. For this first time two there was a junior league, with up to 100 children, girls and boys, aged 8 – 16 taking part.
The tournament is organised annually by Martin Tierney, himself an ex-international and this year he received a special award from the Adeje Council thanking him for 10 years of the tournament which works to bring so many people together through sport in the borough.

Martin Tierney receving a special award from Adeje councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera

Martin Tierney receving a special award from Adeje councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera

This year the winners of the plate were Daniel’s Café, runners up Romania. Special mention has to go to the Romanian goalkeeper who broke his arm during the final (but did win Goalkeeper of the tournament) and the Glasgow Bhoys goalie who stepped in to replace him. A true example of fair play.


Daniel's Cafe and Romania with their trophies

Daniel’s Cafe and Romania with their trophies

The main final saw Tierney’s Soccer Experience all-stars against a dogged Liverpool side, with the latter victorious in the end. But this really is a case of win, win, win. And the fine example that is set for all the younger players who were there is that, in reality, participation is what matters.


Sport’s councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera was on hand to present the cups and the special Adeje award to Martin for his tireless work in the sport.