FC Bayern Youth Cup
Thanks to the support of the VOE Foundation, the FC Bayern Youth Cup took place in 2019 for the second time in Africa.
The national qualifications already started in January 2019. They were played in the following cities:
- Abuja 18th – 20th of January
- Lagos 25th – 27th of January
On 2nd/3rd of February, the final matches of the FC Bayern Youth Cup were played in Nigeria. The tournament in West Africa originally started with more than 500 participants. More than 100 participants from eight teams gathered in Lagos for the final. The young, talented players set a very high standard. Besides Klaus Augenthaler, the matches were watched by high-ranking guests such as Nigerian national coach Gernot Rohr, former Bundesliga player Victor Agali and representatives of the German Consulate. At the end of the day, the 1990 World Champion selected the ten best players to represent their country in the World Final of the FC Bayern Youth Cup in Munich.
The selected players were looking forward to a 5-day training camp with FC Bayern in Munich and many highlights. Besides a "Freestyle Football Challenge", the personal Meet & Greet with Manuel Neuer was an unforgettable experience for the players. On Saturday, the youngsters visited the last Bundesliga home match in the Allianz Arena, including the subsequent championship celebration. On Sunday, the boys were allowed to enter the "sacred grass" themselves to determine the winner of the FC Bayern Youth Cup 2019. The team Nigeria faced the teams from China, USA, Singapore, Thailand, India and Germany and reached a good fifth place in the end.
We are looking forward to welcoming Team Nigeria for the FC Bayern Youth Cup in Munich again in 2020.