4TH JUNE 2012
JUVENTUS COMPLETE NEXTGEN SERIES LINEUP AS GROUPS ARE REVEALED
The NextGen Series, the European competition showcasing football’s finest young stars, has today confirmed Serie A champions, Juventus Football Club, as the final club to sign up to the tournament for the upcoming season.
The Italians join Chelsea FC, Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal FC, CSKA Moscow, RSC Anderlecht, Olympiacos, Borussia Dortmund, Athletic Club and 15 clubs from last season who will all compete for the coveted NextGen Trophy. The tournament has proven a huge success in its first year, providing Europe’s finest youth talent with a solid platform on which to hone their skills in a competitive international environment.
The NextGen Series 2012/13 will include all of last year’s participants - excluding FC Basel who elected to withdraw from the upcoming season - alongside nine new clubs.
The six Groups for the NextGen Series 2012/13 are:
Group One - FC Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, , Vfl Wolfsburg, RSC Anderlecht.
Group Two - Manchester City FC, Juventus Football Club, Paris Saint-Germain, Fenerbahce.
Group Three - Chelsea FC, AFC Ajax, CSKA Moscow, Molde FK.
Group Four - Sporting Clube de Portugal, Celtic FC, Aston Villa FC, PSV Eindhoven
Group Five - Liverpool FC, Borussia Dortmund, Internazionale, Rosenborg BK.
Group Six - Arsenal FC, Athletico Bilbao, Olympique de Marseille, Olympiacos.
Commenting on Juventus’ participation in next season’s NextGen Series, Justin Andrews, the tournament’s co-founder said:
“Juventus FC are an exceptional club to complete the tournament’s 24 teams! We now have the champions of England, Italy, Germany, Holland, Greece, Norway and Scotland involved in the tournament and we’re eager to see who prove themselves as the future stars of European football.”
Juventus Academy Director, Giovanni Rossi, said: “Juventus will participate in the ‘NextGen Series’ tournament for the very first time, and we are delighted for the invitation. Our boys will give their all to honour the competition and the Bianconeri’s colours.”