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Future Champions 2017

The highly anticipated Future Champions Gauteng International Tournament began to, Monday the 20th of March and will continue to Saturday the 25th of March at the Nike Football Centre in Soweto. Some of the best junior teams from around the world have gathered at this event to battle it out for the title of the 2017 Future Champion.

Now firmly established as a popular fixture on the global junior football calendar, the event is in its ninth year and will once again give us a glimpse into the future stars of the world game.

Organised by Global Sports International, in partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Government, the tournament will feature five local sides and seven top teams from around the world.

Local Teams

Bidvest Wits

SAFA Tshwane

Mamelodi Sundowns

Orlando Pirates

University of Pretoria

International Teams

Club Brugge KV (Belgium)

Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Torino FC  (Italy)

Atletico Madrid (Spain)

NPFL All Stars 2017 (Nigeria)

Football School of India

FC Spartak (Russia)

The teams have be drawn into four groups each containing three sides and will play each other in a round-robin format, with the top teams in each pool advancing to the semi-finals. The remaining eight sides will play-off to determine positions five to 12.

Group A

SAFA Tshwane

NPFL All Stars 2017

Torino FC

Group B

Bidvest Wits

FootBall School of India

FC Spartak

Group C

Mamelodi Sundowns

Club Tjuana

Club Brugge KV

Group D

Orlando Pirates

University of Pretoria

Club Atletico Madrid

Bidvest Wits are the 2016 runners up while Atletico Madrid are the defending champions.

 Today the Bidvest Wits boys had the perfect start to the competition by beating Torino FC from Italy 2-1.

Fixtures for Monday 20 March

SAFA Tshwane vs NPFL All-Stars

Spartak Moscow vs Football School of India

Orlando Pirates vs Club Brugge

Bidvest Wits vs Torino FC

University of Pretoria vs Atletico Madrid

Mamelodi Sundowns vs Club Tijuana


Fixtures for Tuesday 21 March

Torino FC vs NPFL All-Stars

Orlando Pirates vs University of Pretoria

Football School of India vs Bidvest Wits

Club Brugge vs Club Tijuana

SAFA Tshwane vs Spartak Moscow

Atletico Madrid vs Mamelodi Sundowns

Fixtures for Wednesday 22 March

Torino FC vs SAFA Tshwane

Bidvest Wits vs Spartak Moscow

NPFL All-Stars vs Football School of India

Atletico Madrid vs Orlando Pirates

Club Tijuana vs University of Pretoria

Mamelodi Sundowns vs Club Brugge