This isn’t the first time that “Atalanta” U-13 team wins the cup, however this was “Ilves” first time in the tournament and going as far as the final is an achievement in it’s own right.
“We’re glad we decided to compete in this tournament. The hotel, food, pitches and the tournament itself were all perfect. Since Vilnius isn’t far for us, this wasn’t the last time we’ll be participating in the tournament” ; – “Ilves” coach speaking before the final.
The battle for bronze was decided in a penalty shootout, where Saint Petersburg “Zenit” were superior to the Swedish “Hammarby” youngsters.
A great performance in the shootout helped Archip Laks stand out and be chosen as the best goalkeeper of the tournament. “Hammarby” striker Jacob Heling – top scorer and the best defender and striker went to “Atalanta” Anzoni Jules and Federicp Simonetto
Out of the 24 teams, the best performing Lithuanians were Vilniaus “TFA”, who placed sixth. “BFA” – 11th, “Ateitis” – 14th and “Žalgirietis” – 16th.
The tournament cycle will continue from the final week of February. 24 teams competing in the U-14 age group. 3 teams from Italy and another 3 from Finland will make for another memorable weekend.
The biggest Baltic based children football tournament “Ateitis CUP” begins it’s 2019 season this Friday. The first ones to compete will be the U-13 group.