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Youngsters take stage in NextGen Series

Our Academy players kick-off their 2012-13 NextGen Series campaign at the Vfl-Stadion in Wolfsburg, Germany on Wednesday night.

It's the first match in Group One of the European competition for Under-19s.

The team is in an exciting group this season with Spanish giants Barcelona and Anderlecht of Belgium. The teams play each other home and away with the top two progressing to the knockout stages and coach Alex Inglethorpe believe it will provide a great experience for the squad.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for the players," said Alex.

"We know they can play, we know they have ability, but to do it under pressure on a bigger stage is the next challenge for many of them.

"We're looking for the players to transfer what they do on a daily basis in training and Academy matches to these bigger arenas.

"This trip is similar to what the first team would do in the Europa League, so that's a great experience for the lads as well."

There are 24 teams in this season's tournament - Group One kicked-off with a 1-1 draw between Barcelona and Anderlecht.


Group One - FC Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, RSC Anderlecht, Vfl Wolfsburg

Group Two - Manchester City, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Fenerbahce

Group Three - Chelsea, AFC Ajax, CSKA Moscow, Molde FK

Group Four - Sporting Clube de Portugal, Celtic, Aston Villa, PSV Eindhoven

Group Five - Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Internazionale, Rosenborg BK

Group Six - Arsenal, Athletic Bilbao, Olympique de Marseille, Olympiacos

* This article originally stated that the match would take place at the VW Arena. Apologies for this error!