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As every year in Spain, the International tournament of Football 7 is played in Tenerife. This tournament is played by kids who are 11/12 years old. This is a very prestigious tournament in Spain and it's shown on TV (Canal+). In Summer, there's also a national edition. Barça signed Iniesta when he was 12, after being the MVP of this tournament playing for Albacete. Other players like Torres, already shined at that time. Some of the kids of 1995 are Primera Division players nowadays.

This tournament is really nice, because you see how the clubs care about their youth system. How Barcelona and Ajax are clubs that try to play nice football since they're kids, how the Real Madrid players have their champion mentality since they join the club, the fair play and commitment of the English clubs, the tactical power of the Italian clubs,...

The first edition was in 1996 in Brunete (Madrid). 10 clubs played that tournament, 5 from Spain (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético, Athletic and Recreativo, the oldest club of Spain) and 5 foreing clubs (AC Milan, Everton, PSV, Red Star and Benfica). Real Madrid beated Athletic Club in the final.

The 2nd edition (1997) was played in Lezama, the Athletic Club training camps. A tribute to a club that cares about the youth system. The Spanish Clubs were Athletic, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Oviedo. The foreign clubs were the leaders of the top leagues at that time: Inter Milan, Manchester United, PSV, Benfica and Bayern Munich. Atlético Madrid won the home team, Atheltic, in the final.

The 3rd edition (1998) was played in Marbella (Malaga) in the South of Spain. The Spanish clubs were Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Athletic and Betis. The foreing clubs were the same too, except Benfica, that was replaced by Olympique Marseille. Real Madrid started their dominance, beating Barcelona in the final.

The 4th edition (1999) was played in Barcelona, in the Palau Sant Jordi, that had more than 15,000 people in the stands and 2,5 million people watching the match on TV. A record. During the whole weekend, more than 30,000 people went to the Palau Sant Jordi. Real Madrid won FC Barcelona in the final, in the extra time, in an exciting match.

The 5th edition (2000) was in Tenerife, in the Helidoro Rodriguez Lopez Stadium. Again Barça and Real Madrid played the final. Real Madrid won the 3rd consecutive title in the penalty kicks series.

The 6th edition (2001) was in the Palau Sant Jordi (Barcelona) again. Real Madrid kept wining titles, beating 3-1 Valencia CF in the final.

The 7th edition (2002) went back to the Canary Islands (Maspalomas). Real Madrid achieved their 6th and last title. They won Barcelona in another "clasico".

The 8th edition (2003) was in Maspalomas again. Last year, Barcelona achieved the first title. It was the first time that a foreign club reached the final: Inter Milan. Also Ajax showed to have a brilliant squad, reaching the semis. So the interest of the international clubs is growing because of the prestige and importance of the tournament. FC Barcelona won Inter Milan in the final.


Barcelona-Olympique Marseille


Barcelona-Real Madrid


Real Madrid-Ajax



Real Madrid 2002


Pic before the final 2002


Danny Gurthie, the future English star, in the Barcelona in front of 15,000 people.


Ajax-PSG in action


Inter vs Athletic (2000)
 

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9th EDITION - ARONA (TENERIFE)

GROUP A
Real Madrid CF
CD Tenerife (home team)
Bayer Leverkusen
Manchester United
RCD Espanyol

Real Madrid CF 2-0 CD Tenerife (FT)
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Manchester United (FT)
RCD Espanyol 2-1 Manchester United (FT)


GROUP B
FC Barcelona
Sevilla FC
Inter Milan
Valencia CF
Paris Saint-Germain

Paris SG 1-0 Inter Milan (FT)
FC Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla FC (FT)
Sevilla FC 0-0 Valencia CF (still playing)

The 2 first teams advance to semis
 

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Updated results

9th EDITION - ARONA (TENERIFE)

GROUP A
Real Madrid CF - 4 points (+2)
CD Tenerife - 0 points (-3)
Bayer Leverkusen - 4 points (+1)
Manchester United - 0 points (-2)
RCD Espanyol - 6 points (+2)

Real Madrid CF 2-0 CD Tenerife (FT)
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Manchester United (FT)
RCD Espanyol 2-1 Manchester United (FT)
CD Tenerife 1-2 RCD Espanyol (FT)
Real Madrid 2-2 Bayer Leverkusen (FT)


GROUP B
FC Barcelona - 6 points (+4)
Sevilla FC - 0 points (-4)
Inter Milan - 0 points (-2)
Valencia CF - 3 points (+1)
Paris Saint-Germain - 3 points (+1)

Paris SG 1-0 Inter Milan (FT)
FC Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla FC (FT)
Sevilla FC 0-1 Valencia CF (FT)
FC Barcelona 2-1 Inter Milan (FT)



The 2 first teams advance to semis
 

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Koeman4 said:
GROUP B
FC Barcelona
Sevilla FC
Inter Milan
Valencia CF
Paris Saint-Germain

Paris SG 1-0 Inter Milan (FT)
FC Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla FC (FT)
Sevilla FC 0-1 Valencia CF (FT)
FC Barcelona 2-1 Inter Milan (FT)

The 2 first teams advance to semis
We can't even win at kid level either, :cry:
 

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I could watch the Inter Milan vs Barcelona on TV. Maybe it seems a stereotype, but that's what I saw. Inter Milan is a physical team, they have strong players for that age, they defend all together and they use the counter attacks. Barça seemed technically superior, although the players are smaller and weaker, they're like "small Iniestas". Barça scored the 2 goals in colective actions.
 

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I could watch the Inter Milan vs Barcelona on TV. Maybe it seems a stereotype, but that's what I saw. Inter Milan is a physical team, they have strong players for that age, they defend all together and they use the counter attacks. Barça seemed technically superior, although the players are smaller and weaker, they're like "small Iniestas". Barça scored the 2 goals in colective actions.
I wouldn't be all at surprised that we are physical, as thats the fixed mentally in Italy. It depends on the individual coaches in which way the players going to be developed, anyway thanks for filling us in about the competition K4. Keep us updated if you can
 

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Updated results

9th EDITION - ARONA (TENERIFE)

GROUP A
Code:
[b]Real Madrid CF	 	7 points (+5)
RCD Espanyol 		7 points (+2)[/b]
Bayer Leverkusen 		5 points (+1)
CD Tenerife 		0 points (-3)
Manchester United FC	0 points (-5)
Real Madrid CF 2-0 CD Tenerife (FT)
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Manchester United (FT)
RCD Espanyol 2-1 Manchester United (FT)
CD Tenerife 1-2 RCD Espanyol (FT)
Real Madrid 2-2 Bayer Leverkusen (FT)
RCD Espanyol 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen (FT)
Real Madrid 3-0 Manchester United (FT)
CD Tenerife - Manchester United
RCD Espanyol - Real Madrid CF
CD Tenerife - Bayer Leverkusen


GROUP B
Code:
[b]FC Barcelona 		7 points (+4)
Valencia CF		7 points (+2)[/b]
Paris Saint-Germain 	6 points (+2)
Inter Milan		0 points (-3)
Sevilla FC		0 points (-5)
Paris SG 1-0 Inter Milan (FT)
FC Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla FC (FT)
Sevilla FC 0-1 Valencia CF (FT)
FC Barcelona 2-1 Inter Milan (FT)
Sevilla FC 1-2 Paris SG (FT)
Inter Milan 0-1 Valencia CF (FT)
FC Barcelona 0-0 Valencia CF (FT)
Paris SG - FC Barcelona
Sevilla FC - Inter Milan
Paris SG - Valencia CF

The 2 first teams advance to semis
 

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This afternoon I saw:

Real Madrid 3-0 Manchester United

The first half was ballanced and both had chances to score, but Real Madrid finally scored in a fair PK. In the second half, Real Madrid outplayed Man U, especially due to the superior physical condition. Always that I've seen Man U in this tournament I realized that they have small players at that age. They're like little Nicky Butt's. In any case, Man U put a lot of effort, but Real Madrid showed to be physical and technically superior, especially in the 2nd half. IMO, Man U abused of the long balls. Interesting player: Sarabia (Real Madrid)

FC Barcelona 0-0 Valencia CF

In this match, Valencia was superior on the pitch. They have a great pressure, you could see always 3 players covering the Barça player that had the ball. Besides, when they recover the ball, they play quite well, especially their 2 wings, a couple of little Vicente's. As I've said in a post this morning, the Barça players are not very strong physically, except a couple of them, so they suffer a lot without the ball. In any case, Barça had a couple of good chances by our captain Adrià, who was the MVP of the national tournament last summer. This guy is quite good, he dribbles really well and his change of rythm is spectacular. Although in this match he didn't touch much the ball, you can see that this guy has talent.

Interesting... let's see what happens tomorrow. In the Group A, Real Madrid and Espanyol have to face each other in a kind of final, because Bayer Leverkusen must impose their superiority on Tenerife. If Real Madrid and Espanyol draw, Real Madrid will advance for the goal average.

In the group B, there's a similar situation. Inter and Sevilla are already out and the 2 first positions are going to be decided in the matches among PSG, Barça and Valencia. The goal average could be important and Barcelona dominates this aspect so far.
 

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Always that I've seen Man U in this tournament I realized that they have small players at that age. They're like little Nicky Butt's.
that sounds good, you mean they run a lot but have little ability with the ball ? ;)
 

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The Nike Tournament this year at Old Nafford for the U-15s is also an important youth event, with thousands of teams worldwide entering it. The 20 qualifiers played at OT, and City won with Danny STurridge getting MVP :D We beat Barca, Corinthians and Manure along the way. Ferguson was meant to present the winners with the trophy, but cos City beat Manure in the final, he was too bitter to present it!

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This is great K4. What i'm most interested in is how does these club teach the kids on the philosophy of football they apply and most importantly, how well did these kids absorbed what was thought as they are just still kids, with rather limited cognitive capabilities.

Its great what they are doing right. I wish that FIFA does impose the 8 academy players rule. It will be a true measure of a football club then :)
 

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Updated results

9th EDITION - ARONA (TENERIFE)

GROUP A
Code:
[B]RCD Espanyol 		10 points (+3)
Bayer Leverkusen 		8 points (+4)[/b]
Real Madrid CF	 	7 points (+5)
CD Tenerife 		3 points (-2)
Manchester United FC	0 points (-6)
Real Madrid CF 2-0 CD Tenerife (FT)
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Manchester United (FT)
RCD Espanyol 2-1 Manchester United (FT)
CD Tenerife 1-2 RCD Espanyol (FT)
Real Madrid 2-2 Bayer Leverkusen (FT)
RCD Espanyol 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen (FT)
Real Madrid 3-0 Manchester United (FT)
CD Tenerife 3-2 Manchester United (FT)
RCD Espanyol 1-0 Real Madrid CF (FT)
CD Tenerife 0-3 Bayer Leverkusen (FT)


GROUP B
Code:
[b]Paris Saint-Germain 	9 points (+3)
FC Barcelona 		7 points (+3)[/b]
Valencia CF		7 points (+2)
Sevilla FC		3 points (-3)
Inter Milan		0 points (-5)
Paris SG 1-0 Inter Milan (FT)
FC Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla FC (FT)
Sevilla FC 0-1 Valencia CF (FT)
FC Barcelona 2-1 Inter Milan (FT)
Sevilla FC 1-2 Paris SG (FT)
Inter Milan 0-1 Valencia CF (FT)
FC Barcelona 0-0 Valencia CF (FT)
Paris SG 1-0 FC Barcelona (FT)
Sevilla FC 2-0 Inter Milan (FT)
Paris SG - Valencia CF

The 2 first teams advance to semis
 

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The Spanish Champion, RCD Espanyol won Real Madrid and they advance to semifinals in the first position. Bayer accomplished with the bets and they easily beated Tenerife. Real Madrid has been eliminated.

In the Group B, Barcelona lost against PSG and the blaugranas will have to wait for another victory of the French squad over Valencia to reach the semifinals and defend last year's title.
 
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