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TOURNAMENT: Tottenham Emerge Triumphant at 2017 Tournoi Européen U21

Last month saw the successful staging of the 20th edition of the Tournoi Européen U21 competition.

The tournament, which took place in Ploufragan, France, was supported by Scout7 and featured eight elite club sides, with thirty scouts from European clubs also in attendance.

Once again the competition attracted a strong line-up, made up of Paris-SG, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, Standard Liège, Caen, Guingamp, Brest and FC Lorient.

In recent years, several players who have featured in the competition have gone on to achieve success at other major events, including the English duo of Joshua Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters, who were part of the victorious U20 World Cup winning squad this summer. Walker-Peters also made his Premier League debut on the opening day of the season, winning the man-of-the-match award in Tottenham’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.

The Tottenham Academy’s reputation for producing outstanding prospects will have been further strengthened by their performance in Ploufragan, which saw them win the competition and field the player named Tournament MVP, Keanan Bennetts.

Keanan Bennetts, pictured with the Player of the Tournament Award

Here is a full summary of how the tournament unfolded:

Group Stage

Initially the eight teams were split into two groups of four, with the team that finished in the same position in each group playing each other on the Sunday to determine the final places.

Group A proved to be a close affair between Brest and Standard Liège. Although Standard lost 1-0 in their head-to-head, their 3-1 victory against Caen enabled them to progress to the final. This was due to Moussa Djenepo’s last-minute goal, which meant Standard went through to the final on goals scored.

Group A

Position

Team

Points

Goal Difference

1

Standard de Liège

8

3

2

Stade Brestois 29

8

2

3

SM Caen

4

-1

4

Leicester City FC

0

-4

Group B saw a very dominant Tottenham side chalk up three wins, with striker Shayon Harrison scoring three of their four goals. Despite not winning any matches, some credit must also go to PSG, who entered a squad with 18 players aged 17 and under, who narrowly lost all three matches 1-0.

Group B

Position

Team

Points

Goal Difference

1

Tottenham Hotspur

10

4

2

FC Lorient

6

0

3

EA Guingamp

3

-1

4

Paris Saint-Germain

0

-3

Final Standings

The 7th place play-off proved to be a very close contest between an experienced Leicester side and the very youthful PSG side. PSG once again made a very good account of themselves, until a late headed goal 3 minutes from the end by Joshua Knight secured Leicester the win.

7/8th Place Play Off

Leicester City FC

1 vs 0

Paris Saint-Germain

In the 5th place game, an early goal in the second minute from Mamadou Sanbague set-up a thrilling match between Guingamp and Caen. An equaliser from Brice Tutu made the game all square in the 35th minute, before Guingamp scored on the counter two minutes later with a strike from Sullivan Martinet.

5/6th Place Play Off

EA Guingamp

2 vs 1

SM Caen

The 3rd place play-off was a meeting of two very evenly matched sides, who cancelled one another out for long periods. Brest broke the deadlock just before the end of the first half, with a goal from Exauce NGassaki NDongo. Brest protected their lead with a very strong performance defensively in the second half to secure third place.

3/4th Place Play Off

Stade Brestois 29

1 vs 0

FC Lorient

The final featured the two group winners, Tottenham and Standard, who had racked-up nine goals between them during the group stage. The goals continued to flow in the final, with Harrison opening the scoring with his fourth goal of the tournament from the penalty spot, after Kazaiah Sterling was taken down in the area.

A classic counter attack from Standard saw their prolific striker Hugo Cuypers finish a move to equalise in the fourteenth minute. The second half continued in similar fashion, with a second-half goal from Shilow Tracey in the thirty-fifth minute restoring Tottenham’s lead. However, it only took Standard three minutes restore parity, with Cuypers finishing off a very similar move to the opening goal.

Neither team were able to score a winning goal, which meant that the game would be decided by penalties. Ironically it was the Belgian goalkeeper playing for Tottenham, Jonathan De Bie, who emerged the hero, as he saved the decisive spot kick to give the Londoners a 5-4 victory and a first Tournoi Européen title at the fourth attempt.

Final

Standard de Liège

2 vs 2 (4-5 on Pens)

Tottenham Hotspur

The victorious Tottenham Hotspur squad

Award Winners

As mentioned previously, the Player of the Tournament award was given to Tottenham’s left back Keanan Bennetts. His recognition carries greater significance, given that he has mainly played in midfield in the past, for both club and country.

The Emerging Talent award went to Lorient midfielder Julien Ponceau, whilst Guingamp goalkeeper Killian Le Roy was named as Goalkeeper of the tournament.

Julien Ponceau, pictured with Scout7's Jerome Lebatard (right)

The final award was given to the team with the best disciplinary record, which went to Brest.

Here is the full team of the tournament:

Full information from Tournoi Européen, including the squads and match teamsheets, are available now across all of Scout7’s technology platforms, together with a video of the final.

Partner Competition Round-Up: EMKA International Ruhr Cup and Tournoi de Quevilly

In addition to Tournoi Européen, Scout7 supported two other elite club competitions during August.

The first was the EMKA International-Ruhr Cup, which was played in Dortmund from 3-6 August and featured 10 teams at Under 19 level.

The competition was won by Real Madrid, who beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the final. The Spanish side, who are coached by club legend Guti, recovered from an early setback when they lost their opening game against Bayern Munich to go the remainder of the competition unbeaten, conceding just one goal in their next five games.

Third place in the competition went to FC Schalke 04, who beat Hungarian side Ferencváros 7-0 in their play-off match. Schalke’s 17 year old German youth international striker, Jason Ceka, finished as the competition’s top scorer with five goals.

The other teams who took part in the competition were CSKA Moscow, AS Monaco, AS Roma, Rapid Wien, and SV Werder Bremen.

All 27 matches from the competition are available exclusively in the Pro.tv platform, with tagged events from every game.

Real Madrid celebrating their EMKA International-Ruhr Cup Success

More recently, from 17-19 August we attended an Under 17 competition in France, Tournoi de Quevilly, which featured eleven French clubs alongside a squad of Moroccan players from the National Académie Mohammed VI.

After two days of group and classification matches, the competition was eventually won by AS Monaco, who beat Le Havre 1-0 in the final courtesy of a goal scored by Jonathan Bakali Wawina.

Fourteen matches from this competition are available to watch back now in Pro.tv, including the final, for the exclusive benefit of Scout7 video clients. Here are the goals from the final day:


For more information on any of the competitions covered by Scout7 during the summer, please contact us on info@scout7.com.

by Sam Dickinson Guest Blogger

Published 21 August 2017

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