The CEE Cup international football tournament is back in Prague

Jubilee 10and the year of the CEE Cup football tournament will take place from July 22 to 26, 2022.

The matches of six teams, in two groups, will take place, as tradition dictates, on the playing field of the AC Sparta Prague Youth Training Center (TCM) in Strahov. The final match, like all the last years of the EEC Cupwill instead be played at the legendary Ďolíček stadium in Vršovice.

It will indeed have taken more than a thousand days before being able to announce the tenth jubilee year of the tournament since the last final of the CEE Cup (July 30, 2019).

Twice, the Covid-19 pandemic thwarted the plans of the organizers.

In addition to the traditional national teams of Sparta and Slavia, this year’s tournament will see the participation of the best foreign clubs: from South America, the Brazilian team, Palmeiras SE, and the Mexican team, Tigres UANL. Another team, also new to the tournament, is an English club with a very rich history – Aston Villa FC.

In this year of the tenth anniversary, we can welcome the club of the country of the traditional participants of the CEE Cup – Ukraine – even in these difficult times. This year, it will be FK Dynamo Kyiv!

The CEE Cup is a prestigious international event of talent, the mutual sporting confrontation of which is closely watched not only by specialist coaches and football scouts, but also by the football media around the world thanks to extensive media coverage.

“After two really very difficult years due to the Covid, due to which we had to postpone with great regret the long-awaited jubilee year, we could not wait for this spring. The moment when the war in Ukraine started, after the previous years of confinement, marked us forever. That is why we are really happy to have been allowed to at least modestly alleviate the suffering of several young Ukrainian athletes by allowing them to pursue what they have loved all their lives: football,” said Roberto De Blasio, founder of the Tournament and President of the Organizing Committee of the CEE Cup.

“However, we are convinced that the tenth year will again be a great spectacle of top-level youth football and that we will again see many excellent players in Prague, like those from previous years, such as Adam Hložek, Tomáš Souček, Joshua Zirkzee , Danilo dos Santos de Oliveira, Adam Karabec and many more »he added.

As always, the whole tournament is based on close cooperation with the youth sections of Sparta and Slavia, as well as the sponsorship of the Czech Football Association, the city of Prague and commercial partners, including the brand Adidas.

Eng. Jaroslav Hřebík, Youth Sports Director of AC Sparta Praha, underlined: “I’m really looking forward to the tournament. Waiting for 10and the edit was long. The CEE Cup represents a great opportunity for our young people to compete with the best international teams in a category as important as the U19s. And I don’t believe only for Sparta and Slavia players. Matches with top foreign clubs are always an invaluable source of inspiration for the future development of our club academy.”.

The wait is finally over for Prague football club Slavia. “We are all looking forward to the tournament. Our academy has seen a great development and only the most difficult matches will take us forward. The CEE Cup matches are a welcome opportunity for our players and for the whole club. We really appreciate the opportunity to participate in such a traditionally busy tournament. Moreover, this year is the tenth year of the jubilee, which seems like a very good opportunity to finally make history by winning the cup. »said Petr Hurych, director of the SK Slavia Praha academy.

The tenth edition of the prestigious CEE Cup football tournament will also offer an attractive accompanying programme. For example, the program for children within the framework of “Kids’ Football Day” just before the final match in Ďolíček on 26and of July, with a training program for children under the guidance of qualified professional trainers.

The children’s program is open to all children from 6 to 12 years old and their families. By participating in the program on the last day, the children will not only have a great experience but will also receive a welcome gift from the organizers.

Berta D. Wells