Monday, May 28, 2007


The Champions Youth Cup

In some good news for beleaguered football fans in Malaysia FIFA have finally sanctioned this Youth tournament and it will go ahead August 5th till 19th across the country.

The featured Under 19 teams are AC Milan, Ajax Amsterdam, Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Porto, Inter Milan, Juventus, Manchester United, Paris St Germain and PSV Eindhoven plus invited teams from Boca Juniors, Flamengo, Chelsea, Qatar and hosts Malaysia.

Games will be played at Alor Star, Kuching, Melaka and other places. There is a website but there isn't much on there at the moment!

It would have been great to see an Indonesian team entered but alas and alack 'tis not to be. I guess Persija Jakarta don't have the pull of Flamengo!

The draw can be found here

FIFA will not approve a purely G-14 tournament so two non-affiliated South American clubs Boca Juniors and CR Flamengo and one European club, Chelsea, were ivited to change the image.

Malaysia paid £2.5 million to host the tournament. As for Qatar, I guess the livery of the planes deliving the teams will explain that selection.

Asian Football Business Review
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