Ireland under 15 team to meet Juventus in Qatar

The Irish youth international team will face off against Juve's youth team as well as the Aspire Academy in December
Republic of Ireland under-15s will meet Juventus in a friendly game at the Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar, in December 2012.

Niall Harrison’s side had initially been scheduled to play two games against the Aspire Academy squad but the opportunity to meet the Italians on Tuesday December 18 will now be taken up.

“Juventus are in Qatar at the same time as us so the proposition was put forward to make it a three team mini-tournament and we jumped at that,” said Harrison.

“It’s always great to give our players the opportunity to play against teams with different styles and characteristics than they are used to playing.

“Juventus are one of the best clubs in the world so I can only imagine their underage teams would have a lot of talented players who would be looking to push towards playing for their country.

“Their first team plays a 3-5-2 formation so it’ll be interesting to see if they utilise that formation and give our lads a different kind of test,” he concluded.

Ireland under-15s will play Juventus on Tuesday December 18, before facing Aspire Academy on Wednesday December 19.