The successful first edition of the Giovanni Alberto Agnelli tournament saw a mix of professional and amateur teams, comprised of youngsters born in 2001 and 2003, pit their wits against each other over two separate weekends.
Making their way through to the finals after the preliminary round drew to a close on 27 April were Vanchiglia and Lascaris (2003), while Chieri and Chisola went forward from the 2001 group.
The ultimate stage paved the way for the addition of J-Stars and professional outfits Juventus, Milan, Atalanta and Bologna. Coming out on top in the 2003 category were Milan, with J-Stars lifting the prize for the younger section.
During the closing ceremony on 4 May, Juventus Soccer Schools manager, Marco Isnardi, spoke of his delight at the tournament’s success: “Along with the quality on show from the youngsters who took part in this competition, we also saw plenty of fair play displayed both on the pitch and in the stands.
“The last few days have shown the importance of educating both fans and players in the values of sportsmanship and respect for themselves and the opposition.
“We’ll keep working because this tournament could involve an even greater number of youngsters and be associated with excitement, fun, fair play and, obviously, good football.”