The biggest Eastern Europe children football tournament, “Ateitis CUP”, held the U-8 tournament this weekend. From 36 teams, Moscow’s “Deviatka” stood out, winning the final 1:0 against the Polish Gdansk “Jaguar”. Bergamo “Atalanta” ending only in 7th place.
” Top club academies underachieving only shows the level of this tournament. Around 10 teams were at a similar level and the results and standings could turn at any point”,- Dainius Gudaitis said.
Third spot when to Tbilisi “Dinamo” who won 2:0 against Riga FS and the best performing Lithuanian team was Šiauliai Academy who ended 6th, losing out to Kaliningrad’s “Baltika” for the fifth spot.
The next weekend will also be the last one of the year. U-7 and U-9 age groups will be participating with a total of 56 teams competing. Well known club will be sending their academies, such as Rotterdam “Feyenoord”, “Lugano”, Bergamo “Atalanta”, Bate Borisov and many more.
The sixth weekend of “Ateitis CUP” was exceptional as for the first time in 9 years – a team from India participated.
“Without a doubt, they were the center of attention for this tournament. Everyone wanted to meet, talk and play them”,- Dainius Gudaitis.
While only finishing 38th, the team from Mumbai promises to come back next year with a stronger team and put up a bigger fight.
The tournament champions were Russia’s Jurij Konopliov academy, winning in the final 2:0 against Riga “Metta”. The third spot went to Tbilisi “Dinamo” and the fourth went to DYYSSH-4 side. The best Lithuanian team was Panevežys FA, who placed 7th.
One of the biggest sensation in this tournament was Liverpool’s under performance, ending only 13th.
Best tournament players:
Goalkeeper: Lev Vainshten (Y.Konoplev academy)
Defender: Matis Silin („Metta“)
Midfielder: Luka Tsulaia (Tbilisi „Dinamo“)
Striker: Andrej Andrei Prosialikin (JY.Konoplev academy)
The biggest eastern youth football tournament “Ateitis CUP” sees new unseen visitors. For the first time, in the tournaments history a team from India travels to compete in the tournament.
“We’ve had offers from other teams from different continents showing interest in the tournament, but they never escalated beyond talks. The team from Mumbai put in a lot of effort to come for our tournament and we are grateful for that. I’ll be honest, up until the last minute, we weren’t sure if they would really come. Goes to show how far this tournament has come”,- Dainius Gudaitis, the main tournament organizer.
“Ateitis CUP” U-11 will start this week on Friday. A total of 40 teams will compete with known teams like Liverpool, Dinamo Tbilisi, Nizhnyj Novgorod and many more.
The fifth weekend of “Ateitis CUP” held its oldest participants born from 2002 and 2003. Teams from England, Russia, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania competed but only one could come out on top – England’s “Middlesbrough” youngsters.
“Thank you for this opportunity. We truly enjoyed this our time here, in Lithuania, both on and off the pitch”,- England’s academy coaches.
“Middlesbrough” only defeated Latvian champions Ri “Supernova” Riga after penalties.
“We need to be realistic, they played a lot better, created more opportunities and won fairly. The penalties were also heartbreaking as we failed to score twice”,- “Supernova” coach opinion about the final.
The third spot battle was between 2 Lithuanian teams, where Paneveziys FA defeated Vilnius “Žalgiris” 2:1.
“ It’s disappointing that 2 mistakes early in the game took away the opportunity to compete in the final. Talking about individual performance, I’m quite pleased with my team”,- coach Darius Žindulis.
- FC “Middlesbrough” (England)
- “Supernova” Riga (Latvia)
- Panevėžio FA (Lithuania)
- “Žalgirietis” FA (Lithuania)
- “Baltika” Kaliningrad (Russia)
- “Metta” Riga (Latvia)
- BFC “Daugavpils” (Latvia)
- “Legion” Tallinn (Estonja)
- “Žalgirietis 2003” Vilnius (Lithuania)
- “Titans” St. Petersburg (Russia)
- MRJK “Viimsi” (Estonia)
- “Lokomotiv” St. Petersburg (Russia)
The fourth weekend in a row, “Ateitis CUP” continues its internationaly reknown tournament. Georgias champions, Tbilisi “Dinamo”, were triumphant in their games, beating Irelands “Cherry Orchard” 2-0 in the final.
“Thank you very much for the tournament. Even though we won the tournament, in all of the games, we were forced to play our best game to win. We’re happy we came to this tournament”, – Tbilisi “Dinamo” coach, promising to come again next year.
The battle for bronze ended with a tight score of 1-0 for BATE Borisov, beating Stuttgarts “Vaihingen” youngsters.
This tournament also had a representitive from England, “Middlesbrough” teams academy. ”I’ve never been to Lithuania before and my first experience here was astonishing. The level of football, the food and the culture – were all amazing”,- Jordan Taiti, academy coach of “Middlebrough”. Englands youngsters beat Tallinn “Legion” 2-0, for the fifth place.
The best performing Lithuanian team was NFA, who were one goal of from being in the top 4 teams. They ended 7th, beating Rygos “Metta” 1-0, for the spot.
The tournaments best players:
Next weekend will be played by U16 /U15.