For the fifth time in a row, the AEGON Future Cup will be held at de Toekomst Sports park during Easter weekend. Ajax.nl is featuring the participants in five issues. In the fourth edition: AC Milan and Fenerbahce.
AC Milan is back in town at the Aegon Future Cup. The Italian team has participated twice, but was absent last year. Now they’re back, and aiming to outdo their best placement (fourth). An upheaval has taken place in the Rossoneri’s youth department. Before, Milan would buy teams and put them together, but now the club is attaching more value to players from its own academy. Just like Ajax and Barcelona, Milan wants to put forward more tone-setting players, such as 21 year old Mattia di Sciglio, a former talent who has since broken through to the first team. In order to reach that goal, the amateur fields near Milan will certainly be scoured for up and coming talent in the coming weeks. Considering the second place earned in the competition by the team which is coming, they certainly seem to be on track.
New to the Aegon Future Cup is Fenerbahce, who, after Besiktas, is the second Turkish club to participate in the youth tournament. Whether or not the Yellow Canaries have a fighting chance is difficult to judge due to a lack of previous statistics. But YouTube images of the team don’t lie: each forward is quicker than the next, and their combination play is fearsome. However, they seem to be having difficult time in their own Elit Ligi. Fenerbahce is in sixth place, although with four fewer games played. Should they win those, then the youth team could still win the championship. In summary: Fenerbahce’s opponents are hereby duly warned.