Facundo Fernández Llorente missed the 2022 English season, due to the visas restrictions, that not only caused trouble to him but also to several people who work in polo in England. But he had his rematch this year; he finally was able to make his debut in English polo with La Magdeleine, the organisation he’s been involved with for many years, mostly in France, where he claimed significant tournaments, such as the Open de France
Following the win that earned Alexandre Garese’s lineup a spot in the final of the Trippetts Challenge, Facundo Fernández Llorente spoke to PoloLine. He said: “It’s a pleasure to be here. It is the first time I play with La Magdeleine in England, although it is the fourth year I come with them. Last year I wasn’t able to play due to the visa restrictions, so I am happy we could make it and play with them”.
Facundo, who wears La Magdeleine’s number 2 jersey, tells all about the team’s setup before coming to England, where they are currently competing in the Trippetts Challenge, at Cowdray Park Polo Club, as well as getting ready to play The Queen’s Cup, due to commence next Tuesday, at Guards Polo Club, where their aim is to reach the semifinals again, like they did in 2022. “Last year, I was about to play with Pablo (MacDonough) and Ollie Cudmore, but I had to be subbed in by Min Podestá due to the visa issue; and he did play very well. Then, by the end of the season, Ollie was summoned by Black Bears, whom he always play with, so we brought Santi (Laborde) in. We’re good friends and he is a great player”, he shares.
La Magdeleine is getting ready to go head-to-head against Murus Sanctus / Talandracas in the final of the Trippetts Challenge, next Saturday. Then, they will set their minds on the next challenge, The Queen’s Cup. “It is so good to be in the final of the Trippetts Challenge against Murus Sanctus. I think it will be a great match. In addition, this final will be very useful to get in shape for the upcoming Queen’s Cup”.
THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW WITH FACUNDO FERNÁNDEZ LLORENTE (POLOLINE TV)