Legendary German footballer Paul Breitner also graced the occasion and picked 10 players to represent the nation in the finals to be held in Allianz Arena.Pune FC managed to put up another display of their commendable grassroot programme as they emerged triumphant in the recently concluded FC Bayern Youth Cup in Delhi, beating Bengaluru FC in a nail-biting final match.
The seven-a-side tournament which spanned over two days consisted of six leading Under-16 club teams from India - Shillong Lajong FC, Pune FC, Bangalore FC, Kenkre FC (Mumbai), SESA (Goa) and Hindustan FC (Delhi).
This opportunity was also extended to the leading school football teams in the city (Modern School- Barakhamba, Modern School- Vasant Vihar, Sanskriti, GD Goenka, The German School, The Shri Ram School- Gurgaon, Pathways, The Heritage School and Vasant Valley) who competed in a league format tournament on the 7th of February and from where the top two teams progressed to take part in the youth cup.
The final was played between Pune FC and Bangalore FC which was a riveting match that had to be decided on penalties after the teams were locked at 2-2. Pune were victorious in the penalty shoot-out and were crowned champions of the adidas FC Bayern Youth Cup - India.
Former German World Cup winner Paul Breitner was in attendance and selected 10 of the most talented players from the eight teams on show, to represent India at the FC Bayern Youth Cup finals to be held at the Allianz Arena, in Munich, Germany.
The final 10:
Aniket Jadhav, Krishanu Santra, Manoranjan Singh, Omkar More, Sebastian Thangmuhangsang, Mani Vannan, Pradip R, Prashant R, Shelton Paul, Shibam Sarkar.
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