July 26th, Waltham, MA, 2019; GPS teams have landed in teh Emerald Isle as they prepare for the STATSports SuperCupNI to begin on Monday July 29th.
The 2002, 2004 and 2006 GPS Boys National Teams are representing the club and are poised for a fantastic week of competition. Check out our full preview below:
Minor Section U13:
The GPS 2006 Boys National Team will be taking on three perennial SuperCupNI competitors. First up is their game against Coleraine FC.
Coleraine currently play in the Northern Irish Football League (NIFL) Premiership. They have 6 NIFL titles to their name and won their most recent piece of hardware in 2017/18 when they lifted the Irish Cup, the domestic cup competition.
Second up for the 02 Boys is Glentoran FC, another NIFL Premiership side. Glentoran is one of the most successful clubs in Northern Irish football history with 23 titles, second only to Linfield.
In addition to 23 league titles, Glentoran has also captured the Irish Cup 22 times, the Irish League Cup 7 times and the County Antrim Shield 27 times.
The final group stage matchup for the boys is against Bertie Peacock Youths. Founded in honor of Bertie Peacock, former Celtic FC captain and founder of the Milk Cup. The Bertie Peacock Youth team has grown over the years into a formidable opponent that has a strong local support behind them.
Junior Section U15:
The GPS 2004 Boys National Team will be competing in the Junior Section of the tournament and have quite a difficult draw that will see them competing against two iconic clubs.
The boys open the competition against Premier League giants Arsenal FC. One of the most renowned youth academies in World Football, in recent times Arsenal academy graduates include Hector Bellerin, Ashley Cole and Cesc Fabregas.
Following their matchup against Arsenal, the boys will take on County Down. The SuperCupNI features teams representing the six counties of Northern Ireland, County Down being one of them.
County Down squads routinely compete well in the event and last year’s Premier Section Final was between Italia B and County Down. They will hope their younger team can replicate their u16 success from last year.
The final group stage game for the 04 Boys will be against Scottish side Rangers. Rangers finished this past Scottish season in second behind Celtic and are one the biggest clubs in the United Kingdom. GPS faced Rangers in the Semi-Finals stage at the 02 age group two years ago and came out tops in a tight battle.
Premier Section U17:
The 02 Boys opening fixture of the event is going to be a tone setter when they take on the toughest team in their group, Celtic FC. Celtic are currently the defending Scottish Premier League champions, winning their 7th title in a row, and has a history of developing and fostering talented youth players.
Their second game will take place against County Tyrone. County Tyrone finished as runners-up in the Premier Section in 2014, where they lost to Manchester United, and will be looking to build off of that run this year.
The final group stage game for the 2002s will be against Vendee. Vendee, a French club, competes in the SuperCupNI regularly and finished as runners-up in the Premier Section in 2015, losing to Manchester United.
GPS has participated in the SuperCupNI (formerly the Milk Cup) since 2015 with its National Team program. GPS has had some notable success including reaching the Junior Section final in 2017 and securing famous results against Liverpool (1-1) and Rangers (2-0).
The SuperCupNI is considered one of the elite youth tournaments in Europe. Notable alumni of the event include Ryan Giggs, Sergio Busquets, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney. The 2018 event saw 40 teams from 15 nations represented and participation from Manchester United, Celtic, Rangers, Club America and the Right to Dream Academy.
The event itself is so large in Northern Ireland that the BBC provides live coverage, complete with pundits and game analysis, for all to watch.
For more information on the GPS National Team program please contact Tommaso Trevisan at email@example.com.