Hertha BSC Wins The 28th Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup
For two days, teams from Iceland, Greece, Switzerland, and Germany performed at the Glaspalast of Sindelfingen. At the end, five German teams occupied the first five places.
Hertha BSC won the tournament with 4:2 in the final against last year’s winner, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Almost 9,000 viewers witnessed on both days, a well-balanced and high-quality tournament, which at the end had the best two teams standing in the finals. The club from Hoffenheim reached the final for the third time in a row, but could not repeat the previous year's success. Hertha BSC competed with four players who already belong to the professional squad of the club and proved to be the best team.
The VfB Stuttgart achieved third place, by defeating Bayern Munich with a 4:3. The Bayern Munich team started strong, but could not keep their performance in those two days. They lost the semifinals against the later tournament winner with a clear 0: 4. Hoffenheim defeated the VfB Stuttgart in the semi-finals by 6:3.
Arne Maier (Hertha BSC Berlin) was elected as the best player of the tournament; best goalkeeper was Reykjavik's Emil Adunsson. Remarkable, is this year’s goal summary with an average of almost 5 scored goals per game.
In addition to the highest level of youth soccer in the center of the hall, the Glaspalast offered an insight into the fascinating world of eSports. For the first time, the organizer designed two Mercedes-Benz eSports lounges for visitors and players of the tournament. In a "Beat the Pro" competition, guests were able to compete against the professional eAthlets with the help of a console in virtual soccer. Mercedes-Benz has been active in the eSports sector since fall 2017, which expands its sports sponsorship by another future field.
Vikingur Reykjavik – Grasshopper Club Zürich 3:2
Panathinaikos Athen – 1. FC Köln 1:5
FC Bayern München – VfB Stuttgart 3:4
Hertha BSC – Hoffenheim 4:2
Arne Maier (Hertha BSC)
Best goal keeper:
Emil Audunsson (Vikingur Reykjavik)
Werk Ludwigsfelde – Werk Düsseldorf 1:0
Werk Mannheim – Werk Gaggenau 2:3
Werk Sindelfingen – Werk Kassel 3:4
Werk Bremen – EvoBus Neu-Ulm 1:3
Werk Wörth – Werk Untertürkheim 5:6