On Sunday 7th July, Roanoke Star Soccer Club will embark on its annual summer European Tour. Four teams, two U14 Girls and two U15 boys teams, will depart from Washington DC to play and train in Denmark and Sweden. The tour lasts for two weeks, during which the players will train with professional Danish Club FC Nordsjælland (FCN), play in the prestigious Gothia cup, and have the chance to visit some historic and famous sites in both Denmark and Sweden.
On arrival in Copenhagen the players will head to Farum sports hotel. This hotel is owned by professional club FC Nordsjaelland and it is connected to their stadium. FCN play in the Danish Superliga and were crowned champions in 2011/2012. This allowed them to qualify for the Champions League in 2012/2013 and they were drawn in the group stages with Chelsea (England), Juventus (Italy) and Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine).
FCN plays its matches at Farum Park which has a capacity of 10,100. Roanoke Star players will train on the field at Farum Park with sessions run by the FCN coaching staff. Roanoke Star will play games against both Danish and Swedish opponents. After the games, the teams will participate in a social with the opposing teams.
During the visit to Denmark, players will visit Frederiksborg Castle, a palace in Hillerod, take part in sight seeing in Copenhagen, and spend an evening in Tivoli gardens amusement park in the city center. Towards the end of the week the teams will take a stadium tour, meet the FCN pro’s and have the chance to get some autographs!
Coaching staff, players, and parents then depart Denmark on July 13th for the second leg of the journey in Gothenburg, Sweden for the Gothia Cup! The Gothia Cup is the world’s largest tournament with 1,600 youth teams from 60 countries participating. All teams will have a minimum of four games played at superb facilities. During the Gothia Cup the players take part in the famous open ceremony with 56,000 people packed into the Ullevi Stadium which includes a big firework show! The opening ceremony event for Gothia Cup rivals the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games. Besides from soccer, players and parents will visit Fortress Elsborg and Canaltour Liseberg Amusement Park.
The schedules for the Gothia Cup have been released. Highlights of the schedule include; the U15 Boys Elite vs. Academy of Baghdad (Jordan), U15 Boys Premier vs. MTV Treubund Luneburg2 (Germany), U14 Girls Premier vs. AIK FF (Sweden), & U14 Girls Elite team will play their third group game vs. Bele Barkarby FF (Sweden) in the Gothia Cup Arena. The Arena sits 14,000 and all the games played there will be aired on National TV in Sweden. You can watch this game and follow the others at http://www.gothiacup.se/eng/. You can find the complete schedules below. The teams return home on July 21st.
Submitted by Alan Crowder