MFC booters triumph in Denmark tourney

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Victorious Booters  Member of the victorious Makati Football Club Cup display their medals after topping the Cup No. 1 International Tournament in Denmark. They are (back row, from left) delegation head Tomas Lozano, Sebastien Orcullo, Jasper Lim, Yanick Agora, Jed Smith, Hooven Villarosa, and head coach Francisco de Asis, and (front row, from left) Louis Jandau, Lucas Rodriguez, Inigo Torres, Umi Abelarde, James Detera, Emmanuel Mariano and Matthias Lozano. Contributed photo

Victorious Booters
Member of the victorious Makati Football Club Cup display their medals after topping the Cup No. 1 International Tournament in Denmark. They are (back row, from left) delegation head Tomas Lozano, Sebastien Orcullo, Jasper Lim, Yanick Agora, Jed Smith, Hooven Villarosa, and head coach Francisco de Asis, and (front row, from left) Louis Jandau, Lucas Rodriguez, Inigo Torres, Umi Abelarde, James Detera, Emmanuel Mariano and Matthias Lozano. Contributed photo

The Makati Football Club (MFC) Boys 11 bested a tough field, including a fancied Norwegian club in the finals, 6-1, to rule the Cup No. 1 International Tournament in Frederikshavn, Denmark recently.

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Over 200 teams from 21 countries took part in the annual Scandinavian tournament with the young MFC booters winning four games over Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Germany in the elims while one to the Cantolao squad from Peru, considered as one of the top youth clubs in the world.

MFC sustained its top form in the quarters, routing Algeria, 6-0, then blasting Moldovia from Romania, 4-1, in the semis to seal a championship showdown with the Norwegians.

The MFC delegation, composed of boys and girls aged 11-18, was also invited to and trained at the Real Madrid summer training camp in Valdebebas Madrid, Spain, the official training ground of the world famous club, including La Liga First Division players Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

The victory should augur well for the MFC side’s buildup for the 33rd Gothia Cup slated next week in Goteborg, Sweden, regarded as the World Youth Cup, the biggest in the world with over 1,700 teams composed of 35,000 players from 140 countries participating.
MFC last won the Gothia Cup Boys 11 trophy in 1985.

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