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Austrian hopefuls vie for places in grand final

The second edition of the FC Bayern Youth Cup, launched by Brazil in Sao Paolo last November and followed by the Chinese leg last month, has now moved on to Austria, where the national finals take place in Vienna on Saturday. The 120 top talents from the elimination rounds, which were held across the nation over the last few months, will now show off their skills to FCB legend Paul Breitner in a 16-team tournament.

“FC Bayern is delighted to be joining our partners Bank Austria and the youngCaritas Käfig League in the second year of our joint project, the FC Bayern Youth Cup,” commented Breitner, “the Austrian team finished runners-up at the grand final last year, so I’m expecting a very high level of footballing talent and team spirit at this elimination tournament.”

Grand final on 6 June in Munich

All the youngsters are aiming for a place at the world grand final on 6 June 2013 at the Allianz Arena in Munich. The ten best youth players aged between 14 and 16 will be selected to represent Team Austria, and will face teams representing the other participating nations, Brazil, China, Japan, India, Italy and Germany. All the players at the grand final will also take part in training sessions supervised by Bayern’s youth coaching staff.

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. The defending champions are Italy, who narrowly won the 2011/12 final tournament ahead of Austria, China, Germany and India.