FC Red Bull Salzburg’s under-16s have managed something quite unique with their final victory against the West African Football Academy. Never before in the six years of the tournament’s history has a team managed to successfully defend their title. The Young Bulls did just that in impressive fashion – taking Salzburg’s third Next Generation Trophy win in seven years.
New coach Ralf Santelli’s team enjoyed a dream start to the first day of the tournament in some very high temperatures, demolishing Juventus 5-0 in the opening match with a real attacking spectacle. The Young Bulls took the momentum from this first game into their next encounter – which saw them dispatch Werder Bremen 5-0.
The second day of the tournament was a tougher one for the team captained by Wallquist, who had to really battle to see off Benfica in the quarter finals. After the Portuguese side pulled a goal back, the Young Bulls had to soak up a period of pressure, but managed to hang onto the lead expertly with a very strong tactical and spirited performance. Salzburg had the upper hand in a thrilling semi-final too – dramatically edging Manchester City out in a penalty shoot-out, with goalkeeper Antosch stopping three spot kicks, to qualify for the final. The FC Red Bull Salzburg under-16s rose to the challenge in their first two knockout matches superbly, keeping cool heads in decisive moments.
The Young Bulls set the tone from the start in the eagerly awaited final, getting the first big chance via their captain, Wallquist. After Antosch denied a good opportunity for Adem, Ralf Santelli’s team got a deserved opening goal with Anselm. In the second half, the Africans were able to equalise with a speculative shot from Iyeki. With the game drawn 1-1, a penalty shoot-out would decide who would get their hands on the trophy. The Young Bulls had the better of it thanks to two penalty saves from Antosch to beat the West African Football Academy 4-3 in the shoot-out.
Ernst Tanner (Youth and Academy Head):
This year’s Next Generation Trophy met all our expectations and was a real advert for youth football. We saw a lot of fantastic matches at the very highest international level. The performances from our team from Salzburg were another highlight. The manner in which our under-16s have performed in this tournament shows the outstanding way we have been doing things here for a few years now. I would like to thank all the helpers, without whom a tournament like the Next Generation Trophy would not have been possible. The entire way the tournament went, and the perfect organisation behind it, proved that we can live up to the reputation of having the best tournament in Europe in this age group.
Ralf Santelli (under-16s coach):
My team did wonderfully, especially seeing that the tournament is very early in the season and we have just been together for a little while! We made an outstanding start to the tournament with the big wins against Juventus and Werder Bremen. My boys showed that we can also win close matches too though, such as against Benfica and Manchester City! I am delighted for my whole team, and the entire coaching and support staff, that we managed to successfully retain our title from last year at our home tournament! I hope that this tournament provides a boost for my players and the entire youth set-up for the season ahead and spurs us on!
Final: FC Red Bull Salzburg 1-1 West African Football Academy (H/T: 1-0), Salzburg win 4-3 on penalties. Goalscorers: Anselm (21.) – Iyeki (39.)
3rd place play-off: Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Manchester City FC (1-2). Goalscorers: Reimer (14.) – Nmecha (16.), Duncan (28), Ogunby (54.)
5th place play-off: Red Bull Brasil 4-2 Valencia CF (0-2). Goalscorers: Bocchio (40.) Alves Pereira (52./59./60) – Torres Garcia (8.), Cordoba (17)
7th place play-off: Juventus 1-3 Benfica (1-0). Goalscorers: Tito (24.) – Costa Campos (40./47.), da Conceicao (51.)
Matches for place 9 to 12 – Round-robin
Werder Bremen 1-0 Bayern Munich (0-0). Goalscorer: Teifel (40.)
New York Red Bulls 0-2 RB Leipzig (0-1). Goalscorers: Mohmudov (23.), Krüger (41.)
Bayern Munich 0-1 New York Red Bulls (0-0). Goalscorer: Jara (30.)
RB Leipzig 4-2 Werder Bremen (3-0). Goalscorers: Ludewig (8./15.), Abochabaka (12./33.) – Born (27. og), MC Mensah Quarshie
Werder Bremen 0-1 New York Red Bulls (0-0). Goalscorer: Schimbeno (39.)
RB Leipzig 4-1 Bayern Munich (1-1). Goalscorers: Ontuzans (8.) – Abouchabaka (25./32./59.), Hartmann (56.)
Final positions 9th to 12th: 9th RB Leipzig (9 points), 10th New York Red Bulls (6), 11th Werder Bremen (3), 12th Bayern Munich (0).
Player of the Tournament: Jadon Sancho (Manchester City)
Top goalscorers: Elias Abouchabaku (RB Leipzig) and Gabriel Campagnol Bocchio (Red Bull Brasil) | 5 goals
Best goalkeeper: Daniel Antosch (FC Red Bull Salzburg)
01: FC Red Bull Salzburg
02: West African Football Academy
03: Manchester City FC
04: Borussia Dortmund
05: Red Bull Brasil
06: Valencia CF
07: Benfica Lissabon
08: Juventus Turin
09: RB Leipzig
10: New York Red Bulls
11: SV Werder Bremen
12: FC Bayern München
NEXT GENERATION TROPHY WINNERS
2009: Dinamo Zagreb
2010: Werder Bremen
2011: FC Red Bull Salzburg
2012: Athletic Club de Bilbao
2013: FC Basel
2014: FC Red Bull Salzburg
2015: FC Red Bull Salzburg