Victor Blasco was announced this week as one of the most recent signings to head coach Michael Silberbauer’s Pacific Football Club roster. The talented Spaniard is excited to join Vancouver Island’s professional club and represent Vancouver Island.
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“I think that’s huge for Canadian soccer,” said Blasco. “Having a professional soccer league in Canada is something new, it’s something extremely exciting, for the community, for everyone that loves football.”
With the prospect of the Canadian Men’s National team competing at home in the 2026 World Cup, Blasco pointed out the significance of the new league.
“For people that want to see Canada in the World Cup, to make it grow, I think [having a domestic league is] huge,” added Blasco. “Not only for the people that want to watch but also for the people that want to play. A lot of people are going to be watching from the outside.”
The popularity of soccer on the world stage is best exemplified by the FIFA World Cup, the most watched sporting event in the world. In 2010, this tournament was captured by Spain. The Blasco family– like many Spanish families–are extremely passionate about soccer, to say the least.
“I’ve always played football since I was three or four years old,” explained Blasco. “I was always with a ball. We are football fans, my dad is a very good soccer player. He got injured, but he could have played in the first division in Spain.
“My grandpa always brought me to training, giving me advice, they helped me a lot, It was easy because everyone loves football in Spain. My youth was basically playing football.”
Blasco featured for various high-profile academies growing up in Spain, such as FC Barcelona’s famous ‘La Masia’ academy that has produced the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, and many more. He then moved onto Cornellà for two years, and finally returned to Mallorca to play for the academy of his hometown team RCD Mallorca.
“I’m from Mallorca, I’m from an island,” stated Blasco. “I lived in Barcelona half of my life. If I had to choose a place to stay for sure it would be Mallorca. I love island culture, and there’s something about Vancouver Island. For some reason I can’t explain. There’s something special about the Island.”
The winger made a name for himself in Canada in the USL Championship and CCAA for Whitecaps 2 and Nanaimo’s VIU Mariners. With a number of impressive seasons on his playing resume, Blasco will once again compete on Vancouver Island at the professional level of the sport.
“I think that that is very cool and very exciting to represent the Island,” stated Blasco. “The club will not only represent Victoria but all of the Island. It has amazing weather, amazing people, great culture.
“I can’t wait to start.”
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Founded in 2018, Pacific Football Club brings professional football to Vancouver Island. Playing out of a renovated, 6000-seat Westhills Stadium in Langford, the club will provide an outlet for young Canadian soccer players to realize their dreams of playing at the professional level. Fans will be able to enjoy the thrilling, fast-paced sporting atmosphere associated with the sport when the Canadian Premier League season kicks off in April 2019.
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