Army Boys School, Bengaluru won the FC Bayern Youth Cup India 2018-19, beating DPS East, Bengaluru 2-1 in the final. The under-16, seven-a-side inter-school football tournament was played in Delhi at adidas' state-of-the-art football facility The Base over two days.
The FC Bayern Youth Cup spanned across five cities with more than 2,000 talented players showcasing their skills. Out of the 250 schools that participated in the tournament, 10 schools from - Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and first-time participants from Jammu Kashmir secured qualification to represent their respective cities in the National Finals.
The winning team from the National Finals will represent 'Team India' in the FC Bayern Youth Cup World Finals and train under the watchful eye of professional coaches from Bayern Munich. The National Finals was attended by France's World Cup winner and Bayern Hall of Famer, Bixente Lizarazu, who engaged with the young footballers and imparted his knowledge about the game.
Commenting on the FC Bayern Youth Cup tournament, Lizarazu said, "It was a great weekend with the kids and a pleasure to see such skilled young talents. FC Bayern and adidas through the FC Bayern Youth Cup will go a long way in nurturing grassroots football in India and inspire the youth to take part in the sport. "The FC Bayern tournament enables us to scout the top players from select countries and give them a platform that acknowledges their talent as well as enable them to participate in an international championship, further allowing them to garner experience, exposure and exchange of knowledge at a global level." PTI AH