08.02.2016 17:30 - in: S

      Viareggio Cup 2016 groups announced

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      Juventus' Primavera squad are drawn alongside Crotone, Deportivo Camioneros and L.I.A.C New York in the prestigious youth competition

      Fabio Grosso's Primavera side have been drawn alongside fellow Italians Crotone, Deportivo Camioneros (Argentina) and L.I.A.C New York (United States) in Group 3 of the 68th edition of the prestigious Viareggio Cup, a tournament contested by some of the strongest academy teams in the world.


      Kicking off on 14 March, the competition features 32 teams, divided into eight groups of four and then split into two sections, A and B. Each side will face their group stage opponents once with the top two advancing to the knockout stages.

      Following the tournament's group stage draw this afternoon, the full competition line-up is as follows:

      * Clubs are Italian unless stated otherwise.

      GROUP A

      Pool 1: Inter, Akademija Pandev (Macedonia)Spezia, A.P.I.A. Leichhardt (Australia)
      Pool 2: 
      AtalantaFeyenoord (Holland), PalermoMounana (Gabon)
      Pool 3: 
      JuventusDeportivo Camioneros (Argentina), CrotoneL.I.A.C. New York (United States)
      Pool 4: EmpoliPumas (Mexico)SassuoloHearts (Nigeria)

      GROUP B

      Pool 5: Milan, Bruges (Belgium)CagliariUjana (DR Congo)
      Pool 6: FiorentinaBelgrano (Argentina)Virtus EntellaAbuja (Nigeria)
      Pool 7: 
      GenoaRijeka (Croatia), BolognaWhite Plains (United States)
      Pool 8: 
      TorinoHelsingor (Denmark)LivornoSerie D Representative XI

      Tournament schedule:

      Group A matches, the half of the draw featuring Juventus, will be played on Monday 14, Wednesday 16 and Saturday 19 March, alternating day by day with the Group B fixtures. 

      On completion of the first round, the knockout phase will unfold as follows:

      • Wednesday 23 March (round of 16)
      • Friday 25 March (quarter-finals) 
      • Monday 28 March (semi-finals) 
      • Wednesday 30 March (final) 


      In a break from the norm, teams will play two halves of 40 minutes instead of 45. From the knockout round onwards, with exception of the final, tied matches will go straight to a penalty shoot-out.

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