31
Jul

U-20 Mexico/Northern Ireland match ends in violent brawl

A tournament match-up between Mexico and Northern Ireland Under-20s turned very, very ugly on Wednesday.

The teams were facing off in Northern Ireland in the Milk Cup, an annual week-long international youth tournament, when the game devolved into full-team brawls. Twice.

The fighting started in the 57th minute, and deteriorated into violence with three players getting red cards.

The brawling started again with three or four minutes left on the clock and resulted in one Mexican player aiming a kick at the head of a Northern Ireland player.

The referee opted to blow the final whistle when order was finally restored.

In total, three Mexican players and one from Northern Ireland were sent-off for fighting during the match and all four were later suspended by the tournament organizers.

On Thursday, Mexican FA issued an apology for the team’s behavior, while Northern Ireland team manager Stephen Craigan said Mexico shouldn’t be invited back to the tournament. He’s got a point:

"It was not nice. There were young kids here from around the world. They were here to watch a football match, they do not expect to see that. Mexico did it last year, they had a man sent-off for punching. They have a history of it. I have to be careful what I say, but I would like to think Mexico will not be back at the Milk Cup."

Northern Ireland came out of the melee with a 2-1 win, and will win the tournament if they beat their final opponent, Canada.

(h/t BBC Sport)

11
Apr

Benjamin Aguero Maradona is already living up to his name

Things that most five-year-old kids are learning to do:

1) Tie their shoes

2) Share toys

3) Count to 10

4) Draw fridge art

5) Ride a tricycle

But not if your father is Sergio Aguero and your grandfather is Diego Maradona. No, instead, at age five you are learning to score golazos.

It’s probably too early to tell, but young Benjamin might have a future doing this soccer thing. Let the bidding begin!

(H/T SB Nation)

13
Dec

Youth team reportedly racially abused; walks off field

The Guardian reports anti-racism group Kick it Out is investigating a disturbing incident that saw Watford’s U-19 side leave the pitch after alleged racial abuse in Italy.

Watford were playing Latina Calcio in a youth cup game when they were removed from the field by their manager, Dave Hughes, following an incident. Video is above, and you can see the side begin to walk off the pitch around the 5:35 mark.

31
Jul

US Youth Soccer crowns national champions

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This past weekend, US Youth Soccer crowned its national champions across seven different age groups for both boys and girls (the Under-19 champions are pictured above). The tournaments, held in Overland Park, KS, were incredibly competitive, with 6 of the 14 finals going into overtime.

A big congratulations to all the winners!

The full list of champions, plus highlights from the games can be found after the jump.

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25
Jun

Barcelona youth keeper saves six penalty kicks, then scores winner

Now that’s what we call a match-winning performance! Barcelona youth keeper Inaki Pena, all of 14 years old, saved an incredible SIX penalties in a shootout against Atletico Madrid’s young’uns, then stepped up and scored the winner to boot!

Must be something in the water at La Masia.

1
Jun

Brazilian Chelsea fan names son “Leandro Lampard”

FA TV may have found the biggest Chelsea fan in South America.

With England in Rio for a friendly match with Brazil, fans are getting very excited, none more than this diehard Chelsea supporter. He has gone as far to say he supports no teams in Brazil, only his beloved Chelsea. He named his backyard Stamford Bridge and even named his son after a team legend.

The day Chelsea knocked Barcelona out of the 2012 Champions League his son was born, and to honor the club he named his baby son after all-time leading scorer Frank Lampard.

Lampard was not part of the visit so he did not have a chance to meet young Leandro Lampard, but he was humbled to hear the story.

"I wasn’t there unfortunately, but I did hear about it," Lampard said. "I would like to meet the father and the kid because it’s an honor. It would be an honour if someone from London did that, but for someone from Brazil to do it… what can you say to that?"

We’ll keep our eye on little “Lampardinho” as he rises the Brazilian youth soccer ranks.

29
Mar

Why has Barcelona been so good? A lot of it has to do with its soccer academy, La Masia. The school has elevated notable talents into the senior side for a while now (Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Fabregas, Pique all went there just to name a few) and it looks like the current youth teams are full of promise as usual!

It took literally just 5 seconds for this little Barca munchkin to score in a recent Under-9 game!!

See ya in 10 years, kid!