Final top twenty under-15 teams travel to Manchester
Twenty of the best under-15 football teams around the globe are making their final preparations before travelling to Manchester to face the ultimate test of their skills at the World Finals of the Manchester United Premier Cup (MUPC).
The tournament, sponsored by Nike, will be hosted by Manchester United at their Carrington Training Facility on 5-7 August. The grand finale is to be played out at Old Trafford's "Theatre of Dreams" on Saturday 8th August at midday; following the unveiling of United's new first team line-up in their first Open Training session of the season.
The event kicks off with the Opening Ceremony & Draw at Carrington on Tuesday 4th August at 7.30pm, with surprise guests of honour officiating.
Over the last 16 years MUPC has offered more than a million young footballers a truly unique experience - the opportunity to live the dream of world-class competition. Andrés Iniesta, Theo Walcott, Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, Robinho, Carlos Tevez, and Fernando Torres, are just a few of the tournament's famous "graduates".
MVP for the 1999 Premier Cup European Finals, Torres, was instrumental in leading Atlético de Madrid to the European title and a place at the World Finals in Barcelona, "MUPC is an incredible opportunity to measure yourself against the best in the world. But no matter how talented you are, competing against kids with a completely different style of play for the first time reminds you that you still have a lot to learn.
"Go out and enjoy your football, play to win and remember this is also a great chance for you to learn from some of the young football stars of the future!"
9,000 teams have fought their way through local, national and regional tournaments over the past twelve months to win 1 of just 20 places at the MUPC World Finals in Manchester. They will now have the opportunity to measure their skills, their passion and their determination against the very best of their peers, in an effort to prove they have what it takes to become the 2009 Manchester United Premier Cup Champions of the World!