Ajax is hosting the ABN AMRO Future Cup for the sixth time this weekend. This international tournament for Under 17s has a fantastic group of participants. This week we will introduce all of the teams. In this edition: two-time winner FC Anderlecht, and FC Porto.
Just like Ajax’s, Anderlecht’s youth academy is a true breeding ground for talent. The Brussels club has been a steady guest at the ABN AMRO Future Cup for years. The Belgian team was only absent from the tournament in 2012. Anderlecht is a definite contender for the title. The Royal Sporting Club won in 2011 and 2013 and, if they win this year, they will tie Ajax as record winner of the tournament. Last year, Anderlecht finished a disappointing fourth in the tournament. Anderlecht’s youth academy enjoys a very good reputation internationally. The most important recent exports are Romelu Lukaku and Vincent Kompany, Belgian internationals who play in England. A new generation is undoubtedly eager to follow in their footsteps.
If there is one club which has mastered the art of scouting, it is FC Porto. The Portuguese powerhouse has the gift of taking relatively unknown South American football players and developing them into international stars. Almost each season, players are sold for millions. Last summer was no different, with the sale of Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala to Manchester City. Other famous examples of players who became big in Porto are Hulk and Falcao. The talents of Porto will come to Amsterdam with confidence. They are in the lead of their competition.
Tickets for the ABN AMRO Future Cup are available online via the link below, and on game days, at the box offices of Sportpark de Toekomst, from April 4 to 6. Day passes are 2,50 euro, and a pass for the entire tournament costs 5 euro.