gzagee wrote:That's a good point about flying and burnout but, do youth/reserve teams play week-in/week-out? I got the impression that wasn't the case though I could be wrong.
What's the opinion of Citeh fans?
CynicalGooner wrote:I think it's a good thing for the kids to be playing these sorts of games early on, it's the kind of experience they may otherwise only get in tourneys like the Dallas Cup, but with it spread over the season I can definitely see benefits. From an English perspective it'll give our kids an early taste of what it's like to play their foreign counterparts and measure themselves against them.
I don't see much risk of burnout because the youths don't play many games anyway but for those still in school it could be an issue academically
JordanTheGunner wrote:Great idea! Players who are first teamers probably wouldn't play but give players like our reserves and maybe players like Denilson and Bendtner could try and rekindle their form.
Young Villa face Ajax, Man City tackle Barcelona, Spurs take on Inter and Liverpool play Sporting in Euro League
By SIMON JONES
Last updated at 10:52 PM on 30th June 2011
Ajax have been named the 16th team in Europe's mini-Champions League next season and will play England's dark horses Aston Villa.
In a coup for organisers NextGen, the four-time European champions have joined the Under 19s tournament in Group Four, along with Villa, Rosenborg and Fenerbahce.
The draw, revealed exclusively in Sportsmail, leaves Tottenham with one of the toughest tasks - against Inter Milan, the highly rated Swiss FC Basle and the other Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. Liverpool will play Sporting Lisbon, Wolfsburg and Molde in Group Two, while Manchester City face Marseille, a strong Barcelona and Celtic in the deadly Group One.
NextGen Series creator Mark Warburton, who is sporting director at League One Brentford, said: 'It is fantastic news that Ajax have signed up. They have one of the best youth academies in the world, producing the likes of Johan Cruyff and Dennis Bergkamp.'
Teams will play home and away, with the top two from each group progressing to a knock-out phase, possibly in Abu Dhabi, in January.
FIXTURES - Aug 17: Marseille v Celtic.
Aug 31: Celtic v Barcelona.
Sept 14: Man City v Barcelona; Celtic v Marseille.
Sept 28: Barcelona v Marseille.
Oct 5: Marseille v Man City.
Oct 19: Man City v Celtic; Marseille v Barcelona. Nov 2: Barcelona v Man City.
Nov 9: Celtic v Man City.
Nov 23: Man City v Marseille; Barcelona v Celtic.
FIXTURES - Aug 17: Liverpool v Sporting.
Aug 18: Molde v Wolfsburg.
Aug 31: Sporting v Wolfsburg; Molde v Liverpool. Sept 14: Liverpool v Wolfsburg.
Sept 21: Sporting v Molde.
Sept 29: Liverpool v Molde.
Oct 5: Wolfsburg v Liverpool; Molde v Sporting. Oct 19: Wolfsburg v Sporting.
Nov 2: Wolfsburg v Molde.
Nov 23: Sporting v Liverpool.
FIXTURES Aug 17: Basle v Tottenham.
Aug 31: Basle v PSV; Tottenham v Inter Milan. Sept 14: Inter Milan v PSV.
Sept 28: Inter Milan v Basle; PSV v Tottenham. Oct 19: Basle v Inter Milan; Tottenham v PSV. Nov 2: Inter Milan v Tottenham; PSV v Basle. Nov 23: Tottenham v Basle; PSV v Inter Milan.
(All fixtures are subject to change)
Aston Villa ~
FIXTURES Aug 24: Ajax v Rosenborg; A Villa v Fenerbahce.
Sept 7: Rosenborg v A Villa; Ajax v Fenerbahce. Sept 21: A Villa v Ajax; Fenerbahce v Rosenborg.
Oct 5: Rosenborg v Ajax; Fenerbahce v A Villa. Oct 12: Rosenborg v Fenerbahce.
Nov 2: Fenerbahce v Ajax; A Villa v Rosenborg. Nov 23: Ajax v A Villa.
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