Man City Crowned Altinordu Izmir Cup Champions After Beating PSV In The Final

Manchester City were crowned Izmir Cup champions after beating PSV on penalties in the U12 youth tournament final on Sunday.

The tournament was hosted by Altinordu at the club grounds in Selcuk, Izmir.

Seventy-two clubs from 24 different countries participated at the event this year including Leicester City, Southampton, Wolves, Cardiff City, AC Milan, Celtic and Valencia.

City impressed throughout the tournament and it soon became clear that Pep Guardiola’s philosophy has started filtering through to the youth sides.

The Citizens played out from the back. The keeper would typically play short passes to the defence. The outfield players were well drilled tactically, some of the pressing, short passing and movement was outstanding considering their age group.

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Goalkeeper Oliver Jackson really stood out. I lost count of the number of big saves and penalties he stopped over the course of the tournament.

Jackson saved two penalties and scored one in the Last 16 clash.

He also managed to stop three penalties and score his spot kick in the final against PSV.

Altinordu have invested heavily in youth development over the past few years earning a reputation for excellence in the field.

The Izmir based club were responsible for discovering and developing the likes of Roma star Cengiz Under and Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu.