Orlando Pirates will travel to Spain for preseason tour where they will take on newly promoted LaLiga side Las Palmas.
According to club website, Jose Riveiro and his charges will be based in Marabella from July 9 to July 21, 2023.
The Buccaneers will play formidable opposition during this period. On July 13, Riveiro’s men will face Israeli outfit Maccabi Tel Aviv, before taking on Independiente da Valle two days later. Then to cap off the tour, Pirates will face UD Las Palmas on July 19. The Spanish side will compete in La Liga this season after gaining promotion alongside Granada.
Las Palmas, a prominent Spanish club that was founded in 1949. La Unión Deportiva Palmas has a long-standing tradition in Spanish football and has enjoyed stints in La Liga, the country’s top division. On 27 May 2023, Las Palmas achieved promotion to the first division by sealing a 2nd position finish on the very last match of the season.
Maccabi Tel Aviv, is one of Israel’s most successful clubs, boasting a rich history and a passionate fan base. The Israeli Premier League outfit finished third in the last campaign, have won 20 Israeli Premier League championships and several State Cups.
Independiente del Valle, hailing from Ecuador, will be another tough opponent awaiting the Buccaneers during this tour. Established in 1958, Independiente del Valle has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in recent years.
Los Negriazules currently lead in their domestic league with 11 wins out of their opening 15 matches. Known for their disciplined defence and dynamic style of play, Independiente del Valle will pose a formidable challenge.