Lorca FC: Spanish football club to let fans pick team using app
Tercera División club Lorca FC have launched an app that will allow fans to have their say on the line-up, substitutions and formation changes.
Lower-league Spanish club Lorca FC have raised eyebrows by launching a mobile app that will allow fans to have their say on team selection.
"On Sunday, you're in charge"
The club, who play in Tercera División, the regionalised fourth tier of Spanish football, tweeted on Thursday: "We bring you the app that will give you the chance to test out your abilities as the coach of a REAL team, welcome to REAL FOOTBALL MANAGER."
Llega la app que os dará la oportunidad de poner a prueba vuestras habilidades como entrenadores de un equipo REAL, bienvenidos a MANAGER REAL FOOTBALL— Lorca Fútbol Club (@LorcaFCSAD) January 9, 2020
Para ios (iphone/ipad)https://t.co/3te9mn5Ue1 pic.twitter.com/eujawvqy41
"On Sunday, you're in charge," the Murcia-based outfit declared in a further tweet, before adding: "It's so tough to decide: who stays on the bench? Who should come on? Which formation suits the players the best?"
RT:— Lorca Fútbol Club (@LorcaFCSAD) January 9, 2020
Muy difícil decidir, quién se queda en el banquillo? Quien sale? Que formación mejor se adapta a los jugadores? Yo creo que saldría con esta.... perdón a los suplentes 🙏🙏
Por cierto durante el partido podéis decidir sustituciones de jugadores, cambios de formación, etc pic.twitter.com/g0BKwod4LN
Fans will not only be able to vote for their preferred starting XI, but also influence substitutions and changes of formation, Lorca explained - although local newspaper Opinión de Murcia has reported that head coach Walter Caprile will retain a degree of decision-making authority.
"It's about democratising football" - Lorca chief Roberto Torres
"It's about democratising football," said Lorca FC president Roberto Torres, who recently appointed Caprile in place of Walter Pandiani, having parted company with the ex-Deportivo, Espanyol, Osasuna and Villarreal striker in December.
Lorca, who sit seventh in Tercera División Group 3 - four points off the promotion play-off places - visit El Palmar this weekend in matchday 20 of the league season.
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