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Tenerife benefit match
Charity doubles the crowd
The popularity of seasonal football friendlies for a good cause shows no sign of waning, even if the same names appear year after year.


Pedro visited his home island to attend the charity match
Pedro visited his home island to attend the charity match

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19.01.2015 - Tenerife’s Heliodoro Rodríguez stadium was once again the venue for the annual charity game organised by local player Vitolo to raise money, on this occasion for seven children - one from each CanaryIsland - in need of urgent medical care.  A crowd of almost 16,000 (double the usual Tenerife gate) attended the end of year game, which generated €45,000 in donations for medical bills.

Several present and past Tenerife players turned out on both sides for the fun fixture but the biggest attraction was someone who did not even take to the pitch – Spain and Barcelona star Pedro Rodríguez, who is also from Tenerife.  Pedro stole the show just by being in the stadium to let adoring fans take pictures and seek an autograph.

The organisation of this year’s game proved much easier for Vitolo now that he is back playing in Tenerife after years of ‘exile’ in Greece and Turkey.



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Pedro visited his home island to attend the charity match 
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