NOVIGRAD/ROVINJ – This year, from Wednesday 11 October to Sunday 15 October, the football pitches of Novigrad and Rovinj will host an international football tournament for young players (U-16), the 2nd Istria Youth Cup, which will bring young football talents from some of Europe’s best-known clubs.
The first edition of this international tournament (13-16 October 2016) quickly took the title of the most important tournament in the region for young footballers of this age category, thanks in great part to the list of participants. This year, the tournament will bring eight teams, two more than last year, and so the sporting excitement in the second edition will last an extra day. The list of participants is equally as appealing. This year, the following clubs will be competing in the U-16 category: Manchester City FC, FC Chelsea, FC Red Bull Salzburg, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, FC Bayern München, SK Slavia Prag, SL Benfica Lisabon and FC Internazionale Milano. The importance of the Istria Youth Cup has also been recognised by the Croatian Football Federation, which has taken on the role of tournament sponsor this year.
We must emphasise that, thanks to this tournament, the future of Europe’s greatest football clubs will soon be coming to Istria – or in other words, Novigrad and Rovinj will be hosting the “League of Champions of the future” in mid-October! It is quite likely that a great number of the young talents who will be hitting the pitches between 11 and 15 October in these two Istrian towns will one day compete in the most prestigious international club football tournament. Just the same, it is highly likely that a few future big names in football are hiding amongst them.
The tournament will be played in two groups, one in Novigrad and the other in Rovinj. Matches will be played by groups from 11 to 13 October, matches for 5th to 8th place will be played on 14 October, and the semi-final and final will be played on 15 October. Entry to all matches is free.
All teams will be staying at the Aminess Maestral Hotel in Novigrad and the Amarin Hotel in Rovinj. The tournament will be held with support from Aminess Hotels & Campsites in Novigrad, Mastra Rovinj, Istria County Tourist Board, Novigrad-Cittanova Tourist Board, Rovinj Tourist Board, the Northwestern Istria Tourist Cluster, the city of Novigrad-Cittanova, the city of Rovinj, and other partners and sponsors, while logistic support will be provided by FC Novigrad and FC Rovinj.