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Brazil kicks off second FC Bayern Youth Cup

Here we go again! Almost exactly six months after the 2011/12 final in Munich, the second edition of the FC Bayern Youth Cup was launched on Monday in São Paulo, Brazil. Former Bayern greats Paul Breitner and Paulo Sergio were present at the country’s biggest German-Brazilian school, Colegio Visconde de Porto Seguro, for the start of the elimination round in the host nation for the 2014 World Cup.

Over the next few weeks, further tournaments in Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre offer a host of talented young Brazilian players the opportunity to show off their skills to FC Bayern scouts. The Brazilian final is scheduled for spring 2013 in São Paulo, after which the ten best youth players aged between 14 and 16 will be selected to represent Team Brazil.

The FC Bayern Youth Cup is a series of tournaments, played on reduced size pitches, for talented 14 to 16-year-olds from all over the world. Alongside this season’s opening event in the nation of the five-time World Cup winners, further tournaments will take place in China, India, Japan, Austria and Italy over the next few months. The FC Bayern Youth Cup in Brazil is supported by FCB partners Audi and Allianz, and the German-Brazilian chamber of foreign trade.

The world grand final takes place in early June 2013 at the Allianz Arena in Munich, where the teams representing the participating nations compete for the cup, and also take part in training sessions supervised by the club’s youth coaching staff. The defending champions are Italy, who narrowly won the 2011/12 final tournament ahead of Austria, China, Germany and India.