Sparta kicks-off versus Beijing, Bohemka to tackle the famous Fluminense
We know the details of the 6th edition of GENERALI CEE Cup
The lots of the 6th edition of the international football GENERALI CEE Cup have been drawn. Twelve teams of youth footballers under 19 years of age from eight countries on three continents know their opponents. The tournament starts on July 21st at four different football stadiums in Prague and will finish with Grand Final at the Bohemians Stadium. The game will be part of a great fun afternoon. The stadium will open for public at 2p.m. Entertainment for visitors includes a football school for children, musical performances, football matches and autographs by well-known celebrities. The final match starts at 6p.m.
The tournament organizers have drawn four groups with three teams per each group. Group winners will go through to the semi-final knockout matches. The others will play for their final place in the tournament. Each game will last twice 45 minutes. Referees from the Czech Republic as well as from abroad will supervise all the games. Apart of the Czech arbiters there will be refs from Germany, Denmark, Poland and Slovakia.
Group A: Sparta, Rehne, Györ
The opening game of the tournament will see last year's title defenders AC Sparta playing against Chinese team Beijing Rehne. The third member of group A is the double winner of this Prague tournament, ETO GYÖR. The Hungarian team is returning after a one-year break.
Group B: Bohemka, Pandev, Fluminense
Bohemians 1905 have a very difficult group. They will clash with two semi-finalists from last year, the Macedonian team FC Academy Pandev and the famous Brazilian team Fluminense, which ended second last year.
Group C: Slavia, Trenčín, RB Leipzig
SK Slavia Prague will face Slovakian side AS Trenčín and the rising star RB Leipzig, a team that got promoted to the first Bundesliga only few years after its establishment.
Group D: Sarajevo, Budapest, Ponte Preta
Two traditional clubs of this Prague tournament will play each other in Group D — Bosnian team FK Sarajevo and Hungarian team VASAS. They will be joined by young players from the second Brazilian team, the Ponte Preta. The club's nickname is little monkeys and this will be the monkey's premiere at the tournament.
The tournament will be played at four different stadiums in Prague. Most games will be hosted by AC Sparta Prague training center at Strahov. Some matches will be played at FK Admira Prague and at sports center of the Hovorčovická grammar school. The final game will start at Vršovice "ďolíček", home stadium of Prague's Bohemians 1905. "More and more clubs are interested in taking part in this tournament. We make our selection from the offers very carefully. Our aim is to maintain the tradition of this Central European football clash but at the same time we want to diversify it by performances of top non-European teams. This allows the youth players to try various football styles from the whole world," said Roberto De Blasio, Chairman of the GENERALI CEE CUP Organizing Committee.
This festival of youth football could hardly be organized without the help of its partners. As in past years the tournament is supported by Generali Foundation, which deserves our big thanks for their involvement in the development of youth football in the Czech Republic. "We support sports projects that help young people develop their potential. Sport is essential for a healthy lifestyle and footballers are often a model to follow not only for the youngsters. Moreover, the charitable dimension of the tournament is also important to us," explained Jiří Cívka, the spokesman of Generali.
This year won't be any different from last year when it comes to its charity involvement. Proceeds from tickets will be donated to an international organization helping children in need, UNICEF. "We have been helping the most vulnerable children of the world for 70 years. The collected money will be used for securing drinking water and improving living conditions of children from war stricken parts of Ukraine," said Pavla Gomba, CEO of UNICEF Czech Republic.
There is one new partner to this year's tournament — Russian company INSTAT. The company specializes in football statistics, which they will prepare after every match. "Every game will be recorded. The recorded material is our input data for the statistics. The accuracy shows maximally 3% deviation. Our reports will help coaches to analyse individual and team performances of each match. There is also a special internet application which enables creating video analysis," described Jakub Andrýsek from INSTAT.
For more information about GENERALI CEE Cup 2016 go to the tournament's website www.ceecup.org or visit its social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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