BUNDESLIGA team Schalke 04 recently trained at La Nucia’s sports complex.
Hundreds of spectators including many children came to watch Markus Weinziern’s team during the first two-hour session of their winter training programme.
The German side has spent eight days in Benidorm, preparing for the second half of the Bundesliga season which recommences on January 27. La Nucia was chosen for its excellent sports facilities, its excellent turf and the “extraordinary” Camilo Cano complex, Weinziern said.
In deciding to visit La Nucia, the German side has followed England’s national team, Zenit St Petersburg, Spartak of Moscow and Shaktar Donetsk who have all trained there.
Schalke 04 has many top flight players and is well-known to Spanish football fans as Raul, one of Spain’s greatest all-time footballers, played for the team when his Madrid days were over.