Benfica win Next Generation Trophy crown

Young Bulls fifth in home tournament

Gerhard Gruber's young Salzburg team took fifth place in the tournament on its final day with a 2-1 win over Red Bull Brasil. The Young Bulls were only beaten on a penalty shoot-out in five games - to strong Danish side FC Midtjylland.

Benfica ultimately won the Next Generation Trophy - beating Manchester City in a dramatic final.

HONOURS

Player of the tournament: Nabil Touaizi (Valencia CF)
Top goalscorer:  Goncalo Miguel Cordeiro de Oliveira (Benfica); 5 goals)
Best goalkeeper: Itahash Yosei (Sagan Tosu)

VIEWS

Ernst Tanner (Youth and Academy Head):

This year's Next Generation Trophy lived up to all the expectations - even if the weather wasn't always kind - and was a great advert for youth football. We saw a lot of fantastic games at the highest international club level, which you couldn't possibly beat in terms of drama. We aren't displeased with the performance of our team, who were unlucky to go out in the quarter finals on penalties before taking fifth place with two more wins. I would like to thank all the helpers without whom a tournament like the Next Generation Trophy just wouldn't be possible. All the work that went into it and the perfect organisation ensured that the reputation of being one of the best tournaments for this age group in Europe was again lived up to.

 

Gerhard Struber (Salzburg U16 coach):

We won four of our five games over the three days of the tournament and drew in the quarter final. In these kinds of competitions the margin between winning and losing is often tiny. We experienced that with the painful, and somewhat unfortunate defeat to Midtjylland on penalties. We are doing really well, and the team lived up to the standards they seek well, with their performance really superb for large parts. I am very proud about how our youngsters performed - and we can take a lot from the tournament for the future.

FINAL DAY RESULTS

FINAL
Manchester City FC 1-2 Benfica (1-1)

3RD PLACE PLAY-OFF
FC Midtjylland 1--3 Valencia CF (1-1).

5TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
FC Red Bull Salzburg 2-1 Red Bull Brasil (0-0)

7TH PLACE PLAY-OFF
RB Leipzig 2-2 Sagan Tosu (2-1), Leipzig win on pens

9TH TO 12TH PLACE PLAY-OFFS GROUP 
FC Cukaricki 1-2 SV Werder Bremen (0-2)
New York Red Bulls 2-0 West African Football Academy (0-0)
SV Werder Bremen 3-2 New York Red Bulls (1-1)
West African Football Academy 1-1 FC Cukaricki (1-0)
FC Cukaricki 2-1 New York Red Bulls (2-0)
SV Werder Bremen 1-0 West African Football Academy (0-0)

POSITIONS

1: Benfica
2: Manchester City
3: Valencia CF
4: FC Midtjylland
5: FC Red Bull Salzburg
6: Red Bull Brasil
7: RB Leipzig
8: Sagan Tosu
9: SV Werder Bremen
10: FC Cukaricki
11: New York Red Bulls
12: West African Football Academy