PΑΟΚ Summer Tour 2017
Strong competition, powerful images, valuable experience on the pitch and character-building situations are but a few gains that the sides of PAOK FC Youth and Development section get through their participation in renowned international tournaments.
In the current season, there are 15 upcoming tournaments marked on the calendar of PAOK youth sides. And there are more to come, as details for tournaments to be held in August-September have yet to be finalized. The youngsters of PAOK will travel in all parts of Europe again. From Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands, to Sweden, Spain and Italy…
U17s return to Budapest for the final stage of the Future Talents Cup (17-20 April). In the quarter-finals, PAOK will face FC Karpaty Lviv. The “Double-Headed Eagle” won the 1st qualification group with three victories in as many encounters.
U15s will travel again to Bologna, Italy, for the “We Love Football” tournament (11-17 April). Last season, they took 2nd place there, losing to Club Atlético de Madrid in the final. This time around, they have been drawn in Group C, alongside FC Inter, RSC Anderlecht and US Sassuolo Calcio. The tournament boasts the participation of renowned clubs such as Juventus FC, Club Atlético de Madrid, SE Palmeiras, AS Roma, Atalanta BC, AC Milan, SV Werder Bremen, Everton FC, FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.
U14s will fly to Dortmund, for the International Youth Tournament (2-4 June). They will have the opportunity to come up against mighty opponents, like FC Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund, SV Werder Bremen, Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
The U13 side will participate in two important tournaments. First they are off to Stockholm (25-29 May), for the Lennart Johansson Academy Trophy, where FC Barcelona, Club Atlético de Madrid, Juventus FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, AIK Fotboll, F.C. København have also confirmed their presence. Last season PAOK finished 3rd in the same tournament. From 15 to 19 July, the “Double-Headed Eagle” will travel to Barcelona for the Iber Cup, a tournament with a very strong line-up: FC Barcelona, Manchester City FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, RCD Espanyol, Valencia CF, RC Deportivo de La Coruña, Club Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla FC, Olympique Lyonnais.
U12s will travel once again to the Netherlands, for the Marc Overmars tournament. It will be held in Epe, birthplace of the veteran Dutch winger, from 14 to 17 April. Other participating clubs: Everton FC, Sparta Rotterdam, KRC Genk, PSV Eindhoven, AZ, Malmö FF. Let’s not forget that PAOK won the trophy in the afore-mentioned tournament last season. Two-and-a-half months later, the diminutive players of the “Double-Headed Eagle” will be in the south of Spain, in Costa del Sol, to participate in the Iber Cup.
The U11s will be even busier, as they will take part in four tournaments. They will first travel to Stuttgart for the DejaVu Cup (Dominos Cup), on 22, 23, 24 April. They will come across mighty opponents such as Juventus FC, FC Bayern München, Liverpool FC, Beşiktaş JK and a host of German clubs. In the early days of summer (2-4 June), PAOK will return to Germany for the Pfingst Cup. Manchester City FC, Juventus FC, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Rangers FC and Atalanta BC will also feature in this tournament, to be held in Düsseldorf. In last season’s edition, PAOK finished 14th among 120 participating sides. A fortnight later, the U11s will be in Hannover for the Raddatz Cup, along with the respective teams of FC Bayern München, FC Inter, AC Milan, Juventus FC, SL Benfica, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen. From 23 to 26 June, the “black-and-whites” will return to Germany for the Schars Nations tournament in Stuttgart and will get to play against Borussia Dortmund, SV Werder Bremen, FC Bayern München, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, FC Schalke 04, RC Deportivo de La Coruña.
U10s start their adventure in Stuttgart, where the International Orthopaedics Juniors Cup will be held on 22, 23 and 24 April, a tournament that PAOK won last season. On 2-3 June, the “Double-Headed Eagle” will travel to Rotterdam for the Robin Van Persie tournament and will get to face mighty opponents, such as Chelsea FC, Tottenham Hotspur, RSC Anderlecht, Borussia Dortmund, Feyenoord, PSV Eindhoven and Sporting Clube de Portugal. PAOK are also set to participate in the Raddatz Cup in Hannover, from 16 to 19 June, where renowned clubs have also confirmed their presence: FC Inter, Manchester City FC, SL Benfica, Olympique Lyonnais, Sevilla FC, FC Schalke 04.
As for the U9s, they will once again feature in the Kids Cup, in Leverkusen (2-4 June), coming up against their counterparts of Borussia Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, FC Schalke 04. Last season, PAOK minnows finished 7th among 100 clubs.