It is without a doubt one of the biggest clubs in the world. Therefore we consider it a great honor Manchester United will play at this years ICGT. Naturally, the Red Devils will only be satisfied if they win this years tournament. The Manchester United Youth Academy has a rich history. One many other clubs envy. Remember Uniteds golden generation: Beckham, Neville & Neville, Scholes, Giggs… We will enjoy it!
Skillful youngsters, attractive football and a outstanding Youth Academy. This is wat summarizes the Youth Academy of AZ. The last couple of years AZ turned into one of ICGT’s returning guests. Some of their results were impressive. Last year, AZ reached the quarter finals, in which it losed to Real Madrid: 2-1. AZ’s striker, local hero from Uitgeest Ferdy Druijf, became that years topscorer. This year AZ will play in ICGT’s ‘poule of death’: will they improve last years result?
Real Madrid CF
We are very proud Real Madrid returns to the ICGT after making its debut last year. Their only goal: win the tournament. Last year Benfica eliminated Real Madrid in the semi finals. We can do it better this year, they must have thought in Madrid. Therefore Real Madrid returns to Uitgeest. The coach of the team is a familiar face: José ’Guti’ Gutiérrez, a Real Madrid player between 1995 and 2010. He played 387 matches for Real Madrid and won the Champions League three times.
One of Brazilians biggest clubs will play at this years ICGT. The tournament already has a rich history with Brazilian teams. Some names? Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro. It seems that Palmeiras will impress the crowd at the ICGT. Former players of Palmeiras were very impressive playing in Europa. Like Rivaldo, who continued to play for Barcelona and AC Milan. Or Cafu, the captain of Brazilians world championship winning squad? We look forward to see Palmeiras perform in Uitgeest!
In 2009 NEC and FC Oss founded their collective Youth Academy. This year NEC/FC Oss will make its debut at the ICGT. NEC/FC Oss U19 plays in the Nike U19 Eredivisie, playing against former ICGT participants like Ajax and the 2017 champion: Vitesse. The NEC/FC Oss Youth Academy is responsible for bringing several talents to the top tier level, like Jasper Cillessen and Vincent Janssen. We are very curious to see how NEC/FC Oss wil perform!
Red Bull Brasil
The least known participant at this years ICGT: Red Bull Brasil. After the success stories of Red Bull Salzburg, RB Leipzig and Red Bull New York, it is now time for new projects: Red Bull Ghana and Red Bull Brasil. The Brazilian squad is a youth club with big dreams. One of the first players who left the club for a future is Carlos Miguel, who now plays for Red Bull Salzburg.
FC Volendam has a rich history at the ICGT. Therefore we are very happy ‘the other Orange’ returns to this years ICGT. We expect them to show up with a strong squad. Volendams best result in Uitgeest is the second place. In 2002 and 2003 FC Volendam were defeated in the finals against Burkina Faso and Carl Zeiss Jena. Three times a charm?
FC Uitgeest is the traditional host of the ICGT tournament. This years edition is special for FC Uitgeest: they get to play the opening match against Manchester United. For the youth players of FC Uitgeest this is a wonderful moment in their careers. In addition, the crowd at matches of FC Uitgeest is always friendly and supportive. Is there a surprise in the making in this years opening match?