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: Schalke 04 and Juventus.
One of the three teams in the tournament for the first time is Schalke 04, the employer of former Ajacied Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. In recent years, the German club has made it a specialty to put forward talented midfielders. Internationals Mesut Özil and Julian Draxler enjoyed their academy in Gelsenkirchen. New diamond in the rough, Leroy Sané, has already enjoyed the stage of the UEFA Champions League. The football player, who has Senegalese roots, recently made a an indelible impression on the international stage by scoring a beautiful goal in Bernabeu. Another statistic attesting to Schalke’s youth academy is that four of the players on the German national team – the team that won the world cup in Brazil- have their roots in the Schalke academy. In addition to Özil and Draxler, these players were Manuel Neuer and club icon Benedikt Höwedes.
After AC Milan participated three times, this year another Italian team will be welcomed to the tournament. It’s Juventus, Italy’s most successful club. But the Serie A isn’t exactly known as a club that gives young talents a chance. Ouasim Bouy can attest to this fact. The midfielder left Ajax’s academy for Juventus’ in 2012. He signed a contract for 3,5 years, but his breakthrough didn’t happen. Now, Bouy is playing for the Greek team Panathinaikos on a loan out basis, However, Juventus has two exemplary home-grown talents in Claudio Marchisio and Gianluigi Buffon.
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.