ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - Florida Cup officials announced on Tuesday that the remaining two clubs that will join Sao Paulo FC and Ajax in the 2019 Florida Cup are Brazilian powerhouse side Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, simply known as Flamengo, and alongside 2018 German Cup Champions Eintracht Frankfurt.
Flamengo, who boasts a fan base of more than 40 million supporters around the world, has won one Copa Libertadores, one Copa Intercontinental, six Brazilian Serie A titles and three Brazil Cup championships. Eintracht Frankfurt, who is a founding member of the Bundesliga, was recently crowned 2018 German Cup Champion and has qualified for this year's Europa League.
“Our fifth edition is the most competitive and exciting Florida Cup yet. Fans will be able to enjoy top quality international football and many other attractions at the Universal Orlando Resort theme parks in a week full of entertainment for fans of all ages,” said Florida Cup CEO Ricardo Villar.
"Bringing Flamengo abroad will open the doors to make us stronger and more competitive in relation to the richest clubs in the planet. Let's take our supporters, Rio de Janeiro and Brazil to the country where soccer has the most opportunity for development. We want to be the largest nation of fans in the world and the Florida Cup is a huge step towards this process of internationalizing our brand. It will be the opportunity to show the strength of our fanbase in Orlando to the world," said Bruno Spindel, Flamengo’s CEO.
Eintracht Frankfurt Executive Board Member Fredi Bobic said, “We are taking one more step toward our goal of traveling each year to the USA until the World Cup 2026. Having the chance to compete against such strong clubs is an opportunity that we wanted to take in order to prepare for the second half of the Bundesliga season. The media reach for the event itself also plays an important role in strengthening our presence in the USA.”
The 2019 Florida Cup will take place between January 8th and January 13th.