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'A great tournament'

FCB Youth Cup: Germany seal title

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Brilliant weather, lots of support and attractive football to top it off: the last week of the third FC Bayern Youth Cup ended on Thursday with a tournament at the Säbener Strasse facility. An exciting encounter in the final saw Germany secure a 1-0 victory over their Japanese counterparts to take over the mantle from Italy who won the first two tournaments. All the teams came together afterwards to enjoy a communal meal. It was certainly a successful event where everybody was a winner.

Eight nations took part in this year's competition. In addition to a number of youth coaches at FC Bayern, who followed events on the pitch with huge interest, Holger Badstuber and the patron Paul Breitner also looked in. “It was a great and very fair tournament and the performances are improving year by year. You could see that everybody was really happy to be here,” said Breitner, who watched the youngsters in the qualifying tournaments played in their own countries. A large and interested crowd ensured a good atmosphere on the pitch that the FC Bayern first team train on.

The winners from Germany, who received the trophy from Breitner, were followed by runners-up Japan with the USA, Thailand, Austria, Italy, India and China taking the other places. During the week the talented youngsters had the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of the FCB youth coaches in working on their game. The players aged between 14 and 16 also had a great program me of events away from the pitch. In addition to a city tour they were shown round the Allianz Arena and given a behind-the-scenes look at the FCB Erlebniswelt exhibition.

This year's FC Bayern Youth Cup was supported by our partners Yingli Solar, Unicredit, Trentino, adidas and the Bundesliga.