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Piqué's Kings League 'show' brings together 92,522 people at the Camp Nou

2023-03-26T20:30:06.625Z


The Barcelona stadium fills up to host an afternoon of shows, entertainment and football 7 If football is a sport in which they play 11 against 11 and in which the Germans always win, the Kings League is a competition where Gerard Piqué always wins. The former Barça soccer player, now a businessman and founder of the 7-a-side soccer competition and show made up of streamers that reaps large audiences through Twitch, flew over the Camp Nou by helicopter this Sunday and landed in its surr


If football is a sport in which they play 11 against 11 and in which the Germans always win, the Kings League is a competition where Gerard Piqué always wins.

The former Barça soccer player, now a businessman and founder of the 7-a-side soccer competition and show made up of

streamers

that reaps large audiences through Twitch, flew over the Camp Nou by helicopter this Sunday and landed in its surroundings shortly after four.

Along with him, four presidents of the 12 teams in his league, those classified for the

final four.

When he entered the stadium, which he said goodbye to as a culé player on November 5, he already had everything that came after in mind.

“I prepared the transition;

the Kings League had it in mind ”, he recently acknowledged to this newspaper.

Piqué set foot on the grass of the Barça stadium this Sunday.

He carried the cup for the winner of the Kings League in his hands.

At that time, the Camp Nou was practically full.

More than 90,000 tickets were sold, at a price ranging between 10 and 60 euros.

“We have given a bit of a

show

with the helicopter, but we are already here with the cup.

There is nothing like seeing the Camp Nou full.

We are, for me, in the best stadium in the world.

Nothing like a historic night at the Camp Nou", he said as soon as he sat down on a stage set up on the side of the field to welcome him, Oriol Querol, CEO of the Kings League, and several of the presidents of the participating teams in the competition.

They were, for example, the

streamer

Ibai Llanos and the former Argentine player Kun Agüero.

The ex-Madridista Iker Casillas did not attend the stadium of the eternal white rival.

Gerard Piqué, with the Kings League cup before the final that is held at Camp Nou with 90,000 spectators this Sunday.Marta Perez (EFE)

The Spotify Camp Nou, which was finally attended by 92,522 people, was a television set with the preview of the presidents of the Kings.

It featured musical performances by Spanish rappers (Skone, Chuty, Gazir and Bnet) and two Argentine singers (Lali and Tiago PZK) and at the end a 7-a-side soccer field, where they had to play the semifinals and the final of the league.

The essence of the event was to meet the first champion of the Kings League, where four finalists from the 12 teams in the league arrived.

Trunks, from the

streamer

Perxiita;

Annihiladores, by

Mexican

streamer Juan Guarnizo;

Saiyans, from the content creator The Grefg, and El Barrio, from the

tiktoker

Adrian Contreras.

In the stands, many fathers, also mothers, with their children, different generations watching a show that essentially triumphs among young people and adolescents.

Kids who were enjoying the live show for the first time, since during the last three months —the competition started on January 1— the matches have been held in a pavilion in the port of Barcelona, ​​the so-called Cupra Arena, which was hardly attended by close of 300 people every Sunday and always by invitation.

But each day they have been followed by an average of 600,000 viewers on Twitch, with a peak of two million the day Ronaldinho was invited to play with one of the teams.

A helicopter flies over Spotify Camp Nou with 90,000 spectators, where the Kings League finals take place this Sunday.Marta Perez (EFE)

The stands were full of teenagers and parents and children with a different vision of football.

Adults, more accustomed to traditional 90-minute football with fixed rules and with a more passive participation limited to cheering on their team, came to see a type of original show, where the spectators are protagonists in choosing the rules that govern the competition. .

Adolescents hooked on the mobile, the computer or the TV that this Sunday have made the leap from the virtual to the real, watching the

show

live.

“It's more entertaining than football because there are rules that football doesn't always have, there's more interaction and it's more accessible.

It's a good idea and I hope it's done more times”, said Alex, 13 years old.

Next to him, his father, Marc, 38: “I think it adds value to football because it attracts young people and this type of competition attracts more attention than a 90-minute game in which nothing happens ”.

They, like many spectators on the field, wore the scarves of their teams, as if it were a normal soccer match and not a competition that has alternative rules and different wildcards during the matches, and that seeks the participation of the public.

On this occasion, up to a million people have followed the

final four

of the Kings League on Twitch.

“We don't like to compare ourselves with traditional football, I think we are something completely different, we are a product closer to entertainment than to sport.

Although sport and entertainment go hand in hand more and more”, argued Gerard Piqué at the press conference on Saturday, prior to the event.

On the pitch, around forty players from the four teams were fighting to win the first Kings League Cup.

Most of them come from the lower divisions of Catalan football and before arriving here they were chosen in a

draft

similar to that of American sports.

In other words, a selection process in which 8,000 applicants sought to join the league teams, with a final selection of 120 players.

None of them had seen themselves in this situation, many of them fulfilled their dream of playing on the Camp Nou pitch, but none of them imagined that they were going to play with a 7-a-side football team in a competition created by Gerard Piqué and in front of more than 92,000 viewers.

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Source: elparis

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