The biggest in the Baltic countries based youth football event has reached new record. The U11 tournament had 48 teams from 15 different countries, with well known names such as “Liverpool”, “Juventus” Turin, “Borussia” Dortmund, “Lugano”, Kiev “Dinamo” and many more. For the very first time the tournament was held over 4 days.
“The reason was simple – there was just not enough time” – tournament organizer Dainius Gudaitis commenting on the format change.
48 teams were divided into 16 groups.Later the group winners competed for the grand cup in the knockout stage. Between the victorias teams, the Lithuanian youngsters from Vilnius “Žalgirietis” took a spot to go for the gold.
While they ended in the fourth place, they took down such as BFC “Daugavpils” who are one of the best in Latvia, the Norwegian champions NSA and even the legendary Dortmund “Borussia”.
The real tournament drama started at the quarter finals where Kiev “Dinamo” lost to FC “Liverpool” only after a penalty shootout.
The semifinals were just as great – “Juventus” only scored the winning goal against “Žalgirietis” with only 2 minutes left to play, “Liverpool” lost 0:1 to the “Lugano” team.
The final, which was watched from around 500 people, between Juventus and Lugano was only decided with penalties, in which the fortune favored Juventus as they became the grand champions of the tournament.
“Great tournament, great reactions” ,- a short opinion of their win from the “Juventus” coach.
Next week the tournament Ateitis CUP for 10 year old boys will start on Thursday. A total of 40 teams will participate divided into 8 groups.