Arsenal and PSV Eindhoven to feature at 25th Canon Lion City Cup

Eintracht Frankfurt e.V and Corinthians are the other two foreign clubs participating in the tournament, which will feature the NFA Under-15 and Under-16 sides as well
This year's competition, which will be held from June 8 to 16 at the Jalan Besar Stadium, will see Arsenal PSV, Eintracht Frankfurt e.V and Sport Club Corinthians Paulista flying their youth teams in. Singapore will of course, be represented by the National Football Academy (NFA) Under-16 and Under-15 sides.

This impressive lineup follows on the heels of the previous editions, which saw the likes of Juventus, AFC Ajax, CR Flamengo and Manchester City gracing the field of Jalan Besar Stadium.

R. Sasikumar, managing director of the Red Card Group, believes the participating teams are of good calibre.

"This is definitely a line-up worthy of a 25th anniversary; the diversity in line-up will pose a good challenge for our young football talents," said the former Singapore international.

Canon has been the title sponsor of the Lion City Cup since 2011 and has done its part in its commitment to nurture young local sporting talents, having sponsored two National Football Academy players, Amer Nazri and Amirul Azmi, to train at the prestigious AFC Ajax Academy.

"We want to contribute to the community through various avenues, including the sports arena," Mr Andrew Koh, general manager of Consumer Business, Canon Singapore, said.

"The Lion City Cup has served as a fantastic platform as this is where many of our young local football talents are discovered and groomed to represent Singapore."

The six teams will be grouped into two groups of three teams and compete in a single round-robin format. The top two teams will progress to the semi-finals. The winners of the semi-finals will compete in the finals, while the unsuccessful teams will play for the 3rd/4th position. The two teams that were knocked out in the group stages will also compete for the 5th/6th spot.