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Youngsters defeated in tournament opener

Latest from the Future Champions Cup tournament. Sunderland’s U16s played well in a narrow defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in the opening game of their Future Champions Cup campaign in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday evening. An end-to-end game produced a…Read more

Poor start for Cosmos

JOMO Cosmos got their 2014 Future Champions Gauteng International Cup off to a poor start, losing 0-1 to Congo Brazzaville’s CESD La Djiri in Soweto yesterday. Striker Lionel Ondongo Opera scored the only goal of the opening game at Nike…Read more

Plucky SuperSport swept aside

IT WAS the game many people were waiting for yesterday SuperSport United against Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro on the opening day of the under-17 Gauteng Future Champions International Tournament in Soweto. The action on the pitch certainly delivered up to its…Read more

Dickman on Future Champions trip

Head of coaching looks ahead to Africa visit. Sunderland’s academy head of coaching, Elliott Dickman, says the club’s young players are relishing the chance to take part in the prestigious Future Champions tournament. The Black Cats’ U16 squad will fly…Read more

Club Tijuana back for Future Champs

There will be one very familiar name and a new entrant in the field for the 2014 Future Champions Gauteng International Tournament to be staged at the Football Training Centre in Pimville, Soweto, from March 24-29. Defending champions Club Tijuana…Read more

  • We had a wonderful football and cultural experience in Gauteng. The tournament and activities were very well organized and we found everyone involved extremely helpful and accommodating. We have all returned home with fantastic memories of our time in South Africa, both on and off the pitch, and have made many new friends as a result of the trip. I hope that we are invited to participate in future tournaments.

    Everton Academy Head Coach
  • The experience both on and off the field for our players during the Future Champions tournament in Gauteng was life-enriching for all those who participated. We were privileged enough to win this edition but what will be bringing us back in future is the cross-cultural education our players receive from spending time with athletes from all over the world. They are human beings before they are football players and enriching them with other cultures is as rewarding as the experience they receive on the field.

    Club Tijuana Director of Football
  • After twenty years of experiencing tournaments around the globe, Future Champions is hands down the best organized, well run International Tournament we have ever participated in. Bringing teams from dozens of different countries provided our boys exposure to cultural diversity they only read about in textbooks. It’s amazing how sport can be the cultural link that provides the opportunity to interact with each other and discover that our global community is a bit smaller than they realized. We had a football and cultural experience that will be cherished for the rest of our lives.

    Director of USYSA Select
  • For us to compete in Future Champions is much more than playing a series of matches. It is an opportunity to compete and contrast our level against the best teams from around the world and the possibility of living in another culture and environment for an unforgettable week, learning about the history of the fight for human rights.

    Director of Aspire Academy