Multi-million-Euro development could bring football focus to Algarve

Investors behind a brand new football village have revealed a small town near Lagos as a possible location for its construction, according to algarvedailynews.com.

Match Algarve is a €110-million-project backed by a consortium of Portuguese and Dutch entrepreneurs. Promising to be the 'largest and best equipped' football facility in Europe, it will comprise villas, a hotel, spa and gym in addition to eight playing fields, a running track and medical centre. It will also feature an unusual footgolf course which combines football with golf.

The hope is to attract domestic/ foreign football and rugby teams via the provision of state-of-the-art training and relaxation amenities.

While the development has been in the planning stages for several years, a site has not yet been confirmed. However, latest news reports claim that Bensafrim near Lagos has been earmarked as the 'preferred location'. A series of recent improvements have transformed the 'sleepy village' into a town with access to the A22 Via do Infante motorway.

A spokesperson, cited by the portugalnews.com, said that a 610 hectare plot on the Corte do Bispo Estate was acquired by the developers back in 1998. The consortium is now said to be waiting for a decision from Lagos council - if the project gets the go ahead, building work will commence in 2016.

The development could naturally increase tourism to the area, bringing positive knock-on effects to the wider region. Little wonder the locals were 'enormously satisfied' to hear the news.

Match Algarve already has the blessing of Bensafrim parish council. Mayor Duarte Nuno Rio said that the development was a much-needed 'lifeline' for the area, adding: "Bensafrim wants and needs this wealth and this investment".

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014

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