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Villarreal and LALIGA, united against cancer
Villarreal and LALIGA, united against cancer

The players of the Yellow Submarine will wear green armbands for this matchday’s game against Cádiz

On the occasion of World Cancer Day, celebrated on 4th February, Villarreal CF and LALIGA are joining forces with the Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (Spanish Association Against Cancer) to raise awareness of the importance of pooling everyone’s resources and skills in a major programme of action against this disease. For this reason, during LALIGA EA SPORTS matchday 23 and LALIGA HYPERMOTION matchday 25, “Bracelets of Hope” will be launched, an action within the framework of the “Todos contra el cáncer” (Everyone against cancer) initiative, launched last year.

The initiative aims to raise awareness about achieving a 70% survival rate by 2030. To this end, LALIGA and all its clubs will seek to make the campaign visible on social networks or in the stadiums themselves, with messages on the scoreboards, on the digital advertising and with information during broadcasts. In addition, the players of the 42 LALIGA clubs will wear a green ribbon as an armband, instead of the black one they usually wear as a sign of mourning for different causes and which they will wear during this day. In addition, the players of LALIGA GENUINE, which takes place this weekend in Cádiz, will also participate in the campaign by wearing armbands and supporting the campaign on social networks. The aim is to symbolise hope and survival by positivising one of the symbols that most accompanies the disease.

In addition to LALIGA, other competitions in Spain will join this initiative during this weekend, such as the top men’s basketball competition, Liga Endesa; the top men’s handball competition, Liga Plenitud; the Royal Spanish Football Federation; the Royal Spanish Rugby Federation and the Kings/Queens League.


LALIGA is the world’s largest football ecosystem. It is a private sports association, made up of the 20 football Clubs of LALIGA EA SPORTS and the 22 of LALIGA HYPERMOTION, responsible for the organisation of professional and national football competitions. It has more than 200 million followers on social networks globally, on 16 platforms and in 20 different languages; and has the largest international network of all sports properties, with a presence in 41 countries through 11 offices, with headquarters in Madrid (Spain). The association carries out its social action through its foundation and is the first professional football league in the world to have a competition for footballers with intellectual disabilities: LALIGA GENUINE.

About the Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer

The Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (Spanish Association Against Cancer) has been the leading organisation in the fight against cancer for 69 years. It dedicates its efforts to showing the reality of cancer in Spain, detecting areas for improvement and setting in motion a process of social transformation to correct them in order to obtain a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to cancer. Its DNA is to be by people’s side, which is why its work is also aimed at helping them to prevent cancer; to be with them and their families throughout the process of the disease, if they are diagnosed; and to improve their future by promoting cancer research. In this sense, through its Scientific Foundation, the Association brings together the social demand for cancer research, financing quality scientific cancer research programmes by public tender. Today, it is the social and private entity that allocates the most funds to cancer research: 104 million euros in 565 projects, in which more than 1,500 researchers participate.

The charity brings together patients, families, volunteers and professionals who work together to prevent, raise awareness, support those affected and finance cancer research projects that will lead to better diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Structured in 52 Provincial Branches, and present in more than 2,000 Spanish towns, it has almost 30,000 volunteers, more than 500,000 members and almost 1,000 professionals.

During 2022, the Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer assisted 140,595 people affected by the disease.