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13 August 2016 – The Maserati Bronze Cup Final saw Dubai Polo Team winning over Lechuza Caracas by 11 to 7. The Maserati Bronze Cup is the first of three high handicap trophies to be awarded during the 45th International Polo Tournament in Sotogrande, held at the iconic Santa Maria Polo Club, of which Maserati is the Official Car.
Dubai Polo Team’s patron Rashid Albwardy, together with Santiago Stirling, Alejo Taranco and Adolfo Cambiaso, the best polo player in the world, dominated the match from start to finish, achieving a well-deserved victory over Lechuza Caracas, the team owned by Venezuelan entrepreneur Victor Vargas.
Adolfo Cambiaso, with six goals, was the top scorer and best player of the match, while Julian Lusarreta was the opposing team’s best player - with five goals.
Uruguayan Santiago Stirling of Dubai Polo Team, said after the game: "Fortunately we were able to play good polo and win. No doubt there are still things to fix, but today we are really proud of ourselves, and we will do our best to maintain and further improve our level of play over the remainder of the tournament."
The 45th International Polo Tournament in Sotogrande is the third Grand Slam polo event of the year: the high competitive value that distinguishes it, attracts the best players and the best teams in the world. The Sotogrande tournament is the fifth stage of the Maserati Polo Tour 2016 in collaboration with La Martina, which will end in September in Beijing with the China Open Polo.
In Sotogrande, Maserati has a strong presence within the various facilities of the Santa Maria Polo Club, with a lounge, two VIP boxes and a Maserati Store. Visitors of the Santa Maria Polo Club can also book a test drive: from the Ghibli executive saloon, to the Quattroporte flagship, as well as the first Maserati SUV, the new Levante, are all available to be test driven with Maserati’s team of professional drivers.
Maserati has unveiled exclusively at the Santa Maria Polo Club in Sotogrande the first Maserati Store in Spain: located in the main pavilion and open daily from 17:00 to 22:00 until August 28, the Maserati Store in Sotogrande offers a selection of accessories, clothes and memorabilia of the historic Italian car manufacturer.
Spanish top model Nieves Alvarez arrived at the Santa Maria Polo Club in a brand new Maserati Levante SUV. Looking stunning in a coral dress by designer Charo Ruiz, wearing Bulgari jewels and Aquazzura sandals, she said after the game: "I'm delighted to be here in Sotogrande to hand over the Maserati Bronze Cup. Polo is an exciting sport that combines dedication, passion, power and elegance. The same qualities which can be found in the new Maserati SUV, the Levante, which I’m so excited to drive."
A host of celebrities watched the high octane match from the Maserati VIP terrace, including Nieves Alvarez, Vogue Spain Editor in Chief Yolanda Sacristan, with her husband, former basketball player of the Spanish National Team Jose Miguel Antunez and Vicente Dalmau Cebrian, Earl of Creixel.
Sotogrande is part of the Maserati Summer Tour, held in the most glamorous summer locations across Europe, such as Forte dei Marmi, Porto Cervo, Ibiza and Majorca.