Prague's CEE Cup now in eighth year

Under-19 international football players meet at the end of July

Young football players from different continents will be showing off their skills at the eighth edition of the CEE Cup, held July 25 to 31. The final match will take place in the Ďolíček stadium in Prague's Vršovice district. The famous stadium, built in the 1930s, is home to Bohemians 1905.

The CEE Cup. for under 19 players, takes place in cooperation with Prague City Hall. “We want Prague to have its prestigious international youth football tournament in the style of the European football superpowers. We are delighted that the CEE Cup fulfills these criteria, and we count on supporting it every year,” said Antonin Lebl, director of the City Hall's Department of Sport.

The event will see the participation of Istanbul's Beşiktaş JK, as well as Brazilian club Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras and last year's tournament winners, Everton FC.

SK Slavia Praha and two-time winner AC Sparta Praha, who will participate for the eighth time, will again represent the Czech Republic.

FC Nitra from Slovakia, Cypriot club Aris Limassol and Bosnian club FK Sarajevo will also take part in the competition. Real Sapphire Football Academy is currently completing the paperwork for the trip to Prague, while the remaining three teams are still to be announced.

In the past, several promising young players who later entered professional football were admired at the tournament by foreign scouts. Among the Czechs, we can find Jiří Kulhánek, who is currently playing as a regular in the Sparta A-team, Slovan Liberec striker Matěj Pulkrab, and FK Teplice's hopeful stopper, Alex Král. Last year's MVP, Everton's Anthony Gordon, has already debuted in the Premier League for that club.

Children and their parents who will participate in the Kid's Football Day, which will take place before the final game in Ďolíček, will get free admission to the last match.

Tomáš Jun — a former Sparta, Beşiktaş Istanbul and Austria Wien player — will train small footballers as well as young newcomers.

The proceeds from the admission to the last match will, as in previous years, be donated to charity. All other matches, played at several different venues, will have free admission.

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