Roanoke Star Soccer Club embarks on their annual trip to Europe this summer, leaving Roanoke on July 8. Since 1998 Roanoke Star has attended the world’s largest youth soccer event, the Gothia Cup, sending over boys and girls teams to compete against clubs from all over the world. The Gothia Cup is seen as the World Cup for youth soccer teams and is famous for its opening ceremony that takes place at the 43,000 capacity Ullevi Stadium.
Last year a total of 35,200 players from 1,567 teams and 72 nations participated. The Cup started in 1975 and spans over one week in July. The tournament becomes the dominant event in Gothenburg with 4,320 games being played on 91 fields. Our teams will play games against teams from England, Brazil and Sweden in the opening round.
This summer, one boys team and one girls team from Roanoke Star Soccer Club will travel to Denmark and Sweden to test themselves against some of the finest youth clubs in the world.
The players are due to arrive on July 9th in Farum, Denmark, and will then travel the short distance to Copenhagen where they will spend a week training with the professional Danish football club FCN, recently crowned champions of the Danish Superliga.
Throughout the first week the players will participate in sessions run by FCN’s Academy staff [with] sessions taking place at FCN’s practice facilities. When the players aren’t practicing they will have opportunities to go sightseeing, taking in some of Copenhagen’s beautiful scenery such as the Frederiksborg Castle and Tivoli Gardens. Other excursions will take the players and parents to Helsinborg (Sweden) and Roskilde to visit the Viking Museum.
The week will finish with a chance to watch the FCN professional team practice, take a tour of the Farum Park stadium and meet USA international Michael Parkhurst, a member of the FCN men’s first team. On July 13th the players will finish up with games against Danish opposition before leaving Copenhagen to participate in the next stage of their trip, the Gothia Cup.
For more information, please visit the Gothia Cup website.
Submitted by Martin Smith, Roanoke Star Soccer Club.