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World champion visit for the youth! From 23 to 25 September 2022, the second edition of the “Porsche Football Cup” will take place at Borussia Park.
In the U15 tournament, Borussia Mönchengladbach will play against four other partner clubs from the car manufacturer. Brand ambassador and world champion in 2014, Sami Khedira (35), will also be present to present the winner’s trophy, among other things, on Sunday (September 25).
Gladbach: World champion Khedira visits youth tournament at Borussia Park
At the “Porsche Football Cup” next weekend (September 23 to 25, 2022), Borussia Mönchengladbach’s U15s will meet RB Leipzig, Erzgebirge Aue, Stuttgarter Kickers and RB Salzburg Academy.
Gladbach is hosting the tournament for the first time, with teams competing in two 20-minute matches. First of all, a group stage “all against all” will be played, before the match for third place and the final will be played on Sunday afternoon.
Mirko Sandmöller (39), youth director at Borussia Mönchengladbach, expects a top-class tournament at Borussia Park.
When asked by our editors on Thursday (September 22), he described the U15s as an “exciting age group” where, due to the youngsters’ different stages of development, there were many duels, but also fine games.
“We are happy whenever it is possible to give our boys and talents playing time,” said Sandmöller. “The players are happy with the challenge and the sporting comparison with other talents.”
As a highlight for players and spectators, a world champion comes to Borussia Park. As Porsche brand ambassador, Sami Khedira will, among other things, preside over the award ceremony and be available for a question-and-answer session.
As part of the “Beat the Legend” challenge, young players and spectators can compete against the former Real Madrid and Juventus Torino professional.
In addition to the sporting competition, the tournament also has a good cause, as Marc Lieb, Team Leader Sports Communication at Porsche, explained: “With ‘Tore für Charity’ we support two non-profit organisations. We donate 500 euros for every goal scored.” At the first edition of the tournament in 2021 in Stuttgart, almost 19,000 euros were collected.
Sandmöller did not want to reveal which foal viewers should keep an eye out for this weekend in order to possibly see them again in a few years on TV.
“I don’t like to put a single talent on stage, the road is simply too far for that,” said the 39-year-old, who succeeded Roland Virkus (55) in March 2022. “But we have exciting talents on the team. It is true that you can see players in the U15 age group who maintain their quality and continue to assert themselves.’
After a 2-0 final defeat against RB Leipzig last year, the Foals are aiming for victory in the tournament this year. “Of course, the focus for us is how the team plays and how they perform,” emphasized Mirko Sandmöller. “It would be icing on the cake if she can finally prevail.”
Especially the duel with Leipzig is explosive due to the recent events surrounding the Bundesliga duel (3-0), Max Eberl’s change and the fans’ reaction to it.
In the youth field, however, this is not a problem for Sandmöller: “We do not experience such explosiveness in this form.”
But: “Of course we have games where the boys are a little more emotional,” such as the league duels in the West with Borussia Dortmund or 1. FC Köln. “Even there, there are hardly any differences.”