U15s take 2nd place in «We Love Football» tournament
PAOK U15 team finished 2nd in the important “We Love Football” tournament that took place in Bologna.
The troops of Alexis Alexiadis and Giannis Ampatzidis maintained a very high level of performances throughout the tournament, but succumbed 3-1 to deserving winners Club Atlético de Madrid in the final.
The Spaniards took a 2-0 lead in the first half and scored their third from the spot after the interval. PAOK didn’t give up and kept pushing to get on the scoring sheet. They made it 3-1 and then lost a great opportunity to reduce distances further.
In the group stage, PAOK defeated AFC Ajax 2-1, won 1-0 the match against Italian champions Atalanta BC and lost 2-1 at stoppage time to Juventus FC. In the semi-final, the “Double-Headed Eagle” prevailed 1-0 over a Serie B selection.
It’s important to point out which teams also participated in this tournament: Liverpool FC, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, FC Inter Milano, RSC Anderlecht, ACF Fiorentina, Bologna FC 1909, Torino FC, FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, NK Lokomotiva.
The international tournament We Love Football was held for the first time and aims to become an unofficial Champions League for the U15s. Judging from the level of participants, we wouldn’t exaggerate in labeling it the most important tournament in this age group.
PAOK squad consisted of: Christos Talichmanidis, Thanasis Batalamas, Christos Voutsas, Stathis Tachatos, Dimitris Papadopoulos, Angelos Moutzouris, Dimitris Theodoridis, Thodoros Pournaras, Giorgos Vrakas, Kostas Boumpas, Dimitris Kalfountzos, Christos Macheridis, Dimitris Xyfilinos, Anestis Provatidis, Spyros Atmatzidis, Zacharias Georgiadis, Tasos Batalamas, Stefanos Varsamidis, Thodoros Goutziouridis, Vasilis Grosdis.
The players were accompanied by coaches Alexandros Alexiadis and Giannis Ampatzidis, team manager Kostas Iosifidis, goalkeeping coach Vasilis Petropoulos, physiotherapist Giorgos Gagalis and kitman Vangelis Bampatsis.