FC Porto win Allianz U15 Cup

The “Allianz U15 Cup against racism” took place in Oberursel at the weekend with 18 teams competing against each other in a series of matches.

Saturday morning started off with the news that flight scheduled to bring Tottenham Hotspur’s team to Frankfurt had been cancelled and so local team FV Stierstadt stepped in at the last minute to allow the matches to take place.  Although they finished on 18th place, this led to them being awarded the Fair Play award on Sunday afternoon.

Glasgow Rangers v FSV Mainz 05

Eintracht Frankfurt vs FV Stierstadt

Frankfurt International School vs Chelsea

Throughout Saturday the teams played against each other in three groups of six in games of 30 minutes each.  The four best teams from each group went on to a a second group phase, whilst the other teams played matches on Sunday to decide the 13th to 18th places.

18th – FV Stierstadt
17th – Eintracht Oberursel
16th – Frankfurt International School
15th – TS Ober-Roden
14th – Eintracht Trier
13th – Glasgow Rangers

One of the most anticipated matches on Saturday was between the host team Eintracht Oberursel and Bayern Munich.  Oberursel may have lost the match 10:1, but one of their players, Moritz Michel, caused one of the loudest cheers of the tournament when he scored the goal against the Munich team.

Eintracht Oberursel vs Bayern Munich

The remaining teams were then divided into four new groups for the second group phase, starting Saturday evening and concluding on Sunday morning.  This time, two teams from each group proceeded to the quarter finales, with the other four teams playing against each other to decide the 9th to 12th places.

12th – Chelsea FC
11th – SK Slavia Prague
10th – RSC Anderlecht
9th – Herta BSC

The quarter finals saw Mainz 05 beat Schalke 04 1-0, FC Porto beat Red Star Belgrade 2-0, RB Leipzig beat VFB Stuttgart 4:1 and Bayern Munich beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2:1.  The losing teams played each other to decided the following places:

8th – Eintracht Frankfurt
7th – Schalke 04
6th – VFB Stuttgart
5th – Red Star Belgrade

In the Semi-Finals Mainz 05 played against FC Porto and manged to score the only goal against them of the tournament, taking the game to penalties, although the eventually lost the game.  Bayern Munich played their semi-final against RB Leipzig, fighting hard to eventually win 3-0.

Bayern Munich vs RB Leipzig

FSV Mainz 05 vs FC Porto

After so many matches the exhausted Mainz 05 and RB Leipzig teams agreed to reduce their match for 3rd place to a penalty shoot-out, with both teams managing to score four out of five penalties.  The sixth penalty decided the result, when the Leipzig goalkeeper managed to stop Mainz’s penalty going over the line and leaving Mainz to take 4th place.

FSV Mainz 05 vs RB Leipzig

Slowly the stands around the main pitch started as the final approached.  Bayern Munich, until then almost able to steamroller any team they came up against, met their match with FC Porto and were unable to score a single goal, whilst Porto’s Joel Oliveira Cavalho and Umaro Candé scored one goal each to decide the outcome of the tournament.  Cavalho was not only the top scorer of the tournament, but he was also voted the best player by the organisers at the presentation ceremony.

Bayern Munich vs FC Porto

Fair Play Award

Fair Play Award - FV Stierstadt

Best Player and Best Scorer

Best Player and Best Scorer - Joel Oliveira Cavalho

The Winners

The Winners - FC Porto

The Winners - FC Porto

About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Oberursel in 1993 and returned with his family to live there in 2003. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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