CFC Prepare to Host One of Best Soccer Teams in the World in Real Betis

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Chattanooga FC vs Real Betis

Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) The CFC is hosting one of the premiere soccer teams in the world on Saturday in Spain’s Real Betis, and CFC associate head coach Jimmy Fuller still can’t believe it.

Said Fuller:”You know people hear about it and comment on it. They’re like how did you pull it off? Honestly I don’t know. I think it would be sort of like UT-Chattanooga bringing in the San Antonio Spurs to come in and play.”

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Said CFC player Caleb Cole:”It’s amazing to have just some of the best players in the world stepping on the field in your home town none-the-less here in the Southeast. It’s shocking and very exciting.”

It’s especially shocking for CFC players who grew up in Spain watching Real Betis.
Said CFC player Juan Sanchez:”I just couldn’t believe it. When I first saw it or heard about it. I just thought it was a joke. Like where’s the camera? Is anybody recording this? Until I saw yesterday on the news they were getting on the plane, I still thought it was going to be a joke.”

It’s no joke. The CFC will be playing a soccer powerhouse at Fort Finley.

Said Cole:”I think it’s a real good opportunity for us to just gauge where we are in the grand scheme of things against a team that’s probably one of the better teams in LaLiga if not in the world.”

Said Fuller:”There’s a lot of things in life to be afraid of. Getting ready to play a soccer game in front of hopefully eight to ten thousand people against one of the best teams in the world. That’s something to be embraced.”

Reporter:”Is this going to be like Rocky Balboa vs Apollo Creed?”

Said Cole:”That’s probably a pretty good comparison. It’s a bit of a David and Goliath scenario. Yeah we’ve just got to work hard and not get too star-struck when the lights come on and the whistle blows.”

The match kicks at 6pm on Saturday at Finley Stadium.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.