A little bit of Magi(c) . . .

Spanish professional footballer Magi Mas Manresa has been appointed as coach of Ngaruawahia United for the 2015 season.

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Magi in a pre-season match in January for Narra against the visiting side Wanderers Supporters Club from Auckland.

Magi is a left-footed 29-year-old attacking mid-fielder with the ability to play on either wing. He has extensive coaching and managing experience at a variety of levels from youth upwards.

His playing record includes playing in Spain’s Division de Honor, the highest Under-18 league in Spain, against such clubs as FC Barcelona, Valencia FC, Espanyol and Villarreal.

At the end of his youth career he studied and qualified in Tourist Management before gaining a starting spot for the Fundacio Esportiva Figueres football club.

In 2008 Magi was awarded a Full Ride Scholarship to play in the United States for The Eagles (Embry Riddle Aeronautical University) where, for three consecutive seasons, he received the unique distinction of being awarded both Player and Midfielder of the Year.

In 2011 he incurred an Achilles tendon injury and was fortunate in being offered employment in Qatar at the Doha International Airport with Qatar Airways.

Magi’s goal for Qatar’s Alba FC in the 2013-2014 season won his team the league title.

Our new coach is a multi-language speaker (Spanish, Catalan, English, French & Portuguese) and is looking forward to adding Kiwi-ese to that list.

Muster . . .

POSTThe Kiwi True Blue Rangers Supporters Club of Auckland came to Ngaruawahia to provide a team for Ngaruawahia United’s 2015 muster.

Following the pleasantries of welcoming all newcomers for the season, and picnicking out on a burger smorgasbord the match against the Auckland visitors took place.

Ngaruawahia gathered a team together of both old and less-old for 90 minutes of battle on Centennial Park.

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Magi Mas Manresa

The 5-3 result to Narra was neither here nor there, but it did give the locals a chance to watch their Spanish guest player Magi Mas Manresa (left) who had just arrived in NZ 36 hours previously. Although still jet-lagged he showed his class in midfield with his control and distribution of the ball.

Training sessions commenced on Tuesday  3rd (6:00pm) at Ngaruawahia’s Centennial Park.

217 photos from the day are here.