|Manchester United U19 vs Sporting Lisbon U19|
I fell in love with youth football since I started following Malaysia U-23 team (Harimau Muda) avidly. Like, literally following them.
I admit that I don’t get to watch much of youth players in action besides Harimau Muda. It’s a different kind of fun between youth football and the senior football. Normally there will be less interest on youth football compared to the senior one but it’s enjoyable nevertheless.
The NexLions Cup tournament is currently going on in Singapore. Man United U19, Sporting Lisbon U19, Liverpool FC U19 and Singapore Youth XI are the participating teams. It’s only a two-days tournament so I grabbed the chance to catch the first and second game: Man United U19 vs Sporting Lisbon U19 and Liverpool U19 vs Singapore Youth XI last Friday at Jalan Besar Stadium.
It’s of course exciting to watch star players performing so well in a match like the Premier League. We cheer and celebrate but with not much of surprises. But to watch much younger players give a quality display is a different feeling altogether. You feel amazed and simply happy…
The Sporting Lisbon U19 were the most impressive. They beat United U19 4-1 on Friday. The likes of Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo graduated from the academy and no doubt there’ll be more of them in the near future. They played a very entertaining football and looked very promising.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the NexLions Cup 3rd placing and final matches as I have other commitments today :/