| KUALA LUMPUR (April 20, 2007) – Fans of English side Manchester United will get to see their stars of tomorrow blossoming in Melaka when they take part in the Champion’s Youth Cup from August 8-19 this year.
Following the official draw for the championship, Manchester United has been placed in Group C which is to be based in the historical city of Melaka alongside Boca Juniors from Argentina, Porto from Portugal and Inter Milan from Italy.
The inaugural tournament is for players under the age of 19-years-old.
“It is a tough but interesting group,”said Manchester United great Sir Bobby Charlton.
“Any tournament is educational for young players and as the world gets smaller, players are able to gain invaluable experience from tournaments like the Champions Youth Cup.”
The Champions Youth Cup will be held for the first time in Malaysia at four venues of Alor Star (Group A), Kuantan (Group B), Melaka (Group C) and Kuching (Group D).
Host Malaysia has been drawn in Group D where apart from Chelsea; they will be up against PSV Eindhoven from Holland and Bayern Munich of Germany.
“All three teams will be difficult as I believe that they all have excellent youth programme in place and they have the experience of playing at a high level,” said Robert Alberts, the head coach for the Malaysian national Under-19 side.
Group A are Flamengo (Brazil), Ajax Amsterdam (Holland), AC Milan (Italy) and Arsenal (England) while Group B has Qatar, Paris St. Germain (France), Juventus (Italy) and Barcelona (Spain).
GROUP A: Flamengo (Brazil), Ajax Amsterdam (Holland), AC Milan (Italy), Arsenal (England)
GROUP B: Qatar, Paris St. Germain (France), Juventus (Italy), Barcelona (Spain)
GROUP C: Boca Juniors (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), Inter Milan (Italy), Manchester United (England)
GROUP D: Malaysia, PSV Eindhoven (Holland), Bayern Munich (Germany), Chelsea (England)