Ajax is hosting the ABN AMRO Future Cup for the sixth time this weekend. This international tournament for Under 17s boasts a fantastic group of participants. This week we will introduce all of the teams. In this edition: host and current title holder Ajax, and Galatasaray.
There are no guarantees in football, but the fact simply is that Ajax consistently performs well at the ABN AMRO Future Cup. The Amsterdam team has always been in the finals in the past five years. Ajax has won the prestigious tournament three times, including last year. They defeated Liverpool by 2-1 in the finals. Abdelhak Nouri was in great form and was selected as the tournament’s best player. It is an honour that the current players of the Under 17 team dream of. The team, which includes Joe van der Sar (son of Edwin) in goal, is the Eredivisie leader. The tournament’s hosts have every reason to be confident, and they certainly don’t want to let down their home crowd.
After Fenerbahçe and Besiktas, the third famous football team from Istanbul makes its debut at the ABN AMRO Future Cup. Galatasaray’s advantage is that the bar has not been set very high. Fenerbahçe (last in 2014) and Besiktas (second to last in 2012) were unable to make a lasting impression in the tournament. Due in part to the arrivals of many international starts to the Süper Lig, Turkey isn’t really known as an academy country. But Galatasaray’s selection, with Sabri Sarıoğlu, Emre Çolak and Semih Kaya, does include its share of home grown talent. In the Elit Ligi, Galatasaray is only in fifth place. Perhaps the Turkish talents can give their confidence a boost in Amsterdam.
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.