Our Academy squad will look to uphold a fine tradition when they compete in the prestigious Eurofoot Tournament in Belgium, starting Friday.
The club won the tournament in Oostduinkerke in 2007 and have since finished runners-up twice in 2008 and last year, when they were beaten by Brazilian side Botofogo in the final having won six out of six matches to get there.
This time around they take on Feyenoord Ghana, AA Gent, FC Copenhagen, Standard Liege and SV Zulte-Waregem in Group B.
Matches are played over 50 minutes and our squad kick-off against FC Copenhagen on Friday morning, playing two matches on Friday and three on Saturday. Group A includes QPR, Club Bruges and Shakhtar Donetsk.
“This always feels like the start of the season,” said coach Alex Inglethorpe. “This is a good tournament and we’ve given a good account of ourselves in recent years.
“We’ve won it and finished runners-up twice and that’s no mean feat up against some of the best youth set-ups across Europe and the world.
“It’s an excellent learning curve for some of the players. We get to see how they perform under pressure and sometimes with a little fatigue, because it’s quite demanding.
“We always have high expectations out there and again, I’ll expect us to have the best brand of football on show and some of the best players out there.”