Top-class field at the 27th edition
Champions from England & Norway are demanding the title of Rapid Wien / RB Leipzig, Leicester City, South Korea & Rosenborg Trondheim at Glaspalast the first time / Kevin Kurányi drawing the groups
From 6 - 7 January 2017, the top international junior soccer players will meet again at the Mercedes-Benz Junior Cup in the Glaspalast of Sindelfingen. New additions are also present in the 27th edition: the U19 team of South Korea, RB Leipzig, and Leicester City will be competing for the first time at the tournament. Which means 102 teams will be participating.
In the prestigious tournament of the U19-teams, the championship finalist TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, local champions VfB Stuttgart, RB Leipzig, and the ambitious championship candidate Schalke 04 will represent the Bundesliga newcomer.
This tournament creates a worldwide sensation with the English Champions, Leicester City, and the Norwegian titleholder, Rosenborg Trondenhheims participation. Another strong Asian representative this year is the South Korean U19 national team. They will be participating as the 40th nation in 27 years of tournament history; the field is complete with titleholder Rapid Wien.
This year, the selections took place live on Sport 1 prior to the VfB Stuttgart home match against Nuremberg. Kevin Kurányi, who participated in the 2000 and 2001 tournament as a player of VfB Stuttgart, assigned the groups.
On the 6th and 7th of January 2017, the following teams will be playing in Group A: Schalke 04, RB Leipzig, Rosenborg Trondheim, and Leicester City. The teams of Group B are TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, VfB Stuttgart, Rapid Wien, and the U19 South Korea.
The 27th Mercedes-Benz Junior Cup will also be next year’s special occasion for exceptional talents. The four German teams represent eight national players of the current U19 team of DFB.
Three of the best German junior clubs are currently playing; Schalke 04, RB Leipzig, 1899 Hoffenheim and just like VfB Stuttgart, they all want to win the title for the Bundesliga.
Debutant Leicester City, whose squad has currently five youth national players, as well as the South Korean national team, will have to show their best soccer skills in the Glaspalast of Sindelfingen, in order to win against the titleholder Rapid Wien.
This year, the teams comprised of trainees from Daimler AG in Sindelfingen, will also be identifying their champions. Members of Group 1 will be the factories of Kassel, Wörth, Mannheim, Untertürkheim and Hamburg. Members of Group 2 are the factories of Sindelfingen, Bremen, Gaggenau, Rastatt as well as the headquarters team.
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