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Northland 6th graders compete in soccer tournament in Spain



Luke and Hays Martin were 2 of the 15 soccer players chosen from the FC Barcelona camps in the US to compete in the Mare Nostrum Tournament played in Salou and Reus, Spain over Easter. The Martin's are in the 6th grade and have been Cougars since they were 3 years old.

The week started in Barcelona where they met their teammates and started building their team skills. Over the course of the week their play improved in practice games with various local teams.  

The Mare Nostrum Tournament was made up of teams from around the world. In addition to playing soccer, they attended a live FC Barcelona game at Camp Nou in Barcelona where they saw Messi score two goals. They made many friends including a team from Wexford, Ireland who chanted USA – USA at every chance.

They also viewed the works of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi and visited Tarragona, the oldest Roman settlement in the Iberian Peninsula of Spain, Portugal, Andorra and France. They were able to see in person the marvels of Roman engineering in aqueducts, buildings, a forum and an arena. They learned many Spanish terms and some of the Catalan tongue, with components of Spanish, French and Italian.

Story and photos submitted by Narda Martin

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