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Army school to represent India in FC Bayern World Finals

05 Feb 2018, 16:27 IST
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New Delhi, Feb 5 (PTI) Army Public School from Bengaluru won the FC Bayern Youth Cup India title after beating Mumbai- based Campeon School 4-1 in the 30-minute final match here.

This under-16, seven-a-side inter-school football tournament was played at adidas' state-of-the-art football facility - The Base- on February 3 and 4.

The matches were conducted across 5 cities from end of November 2017 till January 2018, with more than 2,000 talented players showcasing their skills.

Out of the 200 schools that participated in the tournament, 12 schools from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata and the North East India had secured qualification for the India finals.

French football legend and FC Bayern Hall of Famer Bixente Lizarazu was present in the country to attend the finals of the tournament dedicated to the youth.

On his maiden visit to India, Lizarazu met the 10 finalist teams to share his expertise on professional football, awarded the winning team with the trophy as well as the ticket to the FC Bayern Youth Cup World Finals to be held at the iconic Allianz Arena, Munich in May 2018.

The other participating countries for the World Finals are China, Thailand, Nigeria, Poland, USA and Germany.

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

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