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The “Red devils” take the Football Academy 21 Cup to Manchester!

Manchester United is the winner of the VII ‘Murapol Cup’ Football Academy 21 Cup tournament! In the final the young Englanders beat the Dutch team S.C. Heerenveen in a passionate match after going to penalties.
The efforts of the young footballers on the pitches of the J&J Sport Center over the course of two days were watched by a big circle of fans, who rewarded the young players with loud applause!
Sunday’s match featuring the young players was closely followed by some great footballers including, amongst others: Piotr Skrobowski, Zdzisław Kapka, Marek Motyka, Janusz Adamczyk, Tomasz Frankowski i Krzysztof Bukalski, Grzegorz Pater and Łukasz Goszkow, who themselves were also present on the pitch for the ‘All-Star Match’ as well as the MZPN Chairman Ryszard Niemiec and representatives of the Krakow municipal authorities Janusz Kozioł and Paweł Opach.
The quarterfinal matches held on Sunday have already brought a lot of excitement. In the match between Manchester United and Dynamo Kyiv, just one accurate shot determined the outcome in… 12 series of penalties! Later on there was an emotional duel between our players and Borussia Dortmund, won by our team by 2-0! The Football Academy 21 team also did very well in the semi-final against the Red Devils, leading by 1-0 for a long time. In the final however, we had to recognise the superiority of the subsequent winners of our tournament!
After the conclusion of the Grand Final, which had a special, festive atmosphere, the tournament closing ceremony took place. All the boys were rewarded with small gifts and commemorative medals, and they also picked up some impressive cups – the biggest one travelled to Manchester! It is worth mentioning here that all trainers of the teams taking part in our tournament received a photo album from MZPN Chairman Ryszard Niemiec documenting the journey of our teams to the European Football Championship finals, which will commence in France in a few days’ time, with a handwritten dedication from trainer Adam Nawałka!
After the tournament the young players had the chance to relax at Krakow Water Park, and to stroll around Krakow’s market square one more time. Then on Monday there was still time to visit Krakow Zoo!
In a year’s time we invite you to the next Football Academy 21 Cup and also to the finals of the youth European Football Championship UNDER 21!
We would also like to extend our sincerest thanks to our main sponsor, MURAPOL S.A., without whom the best football tournament in Europe wouldn’t have been possible, and also the authorities of the city of Krakow, MZPN, our main partner OSHEE, and also all those who helped organise this tournament!