Manchester is preparing to welcome some of the most talented young footballers in the world for the World Finals of the Nike-sponsored Manchester United Premier Cup (MUPC).
Over 8,000 teams from 43 countries, from grass-roots clubs to some of the most illustrious names in football, have fought their way through local, national and regional tournaments over the past year to win one of just 20 places in the 21st year of the most prestigious Under-15 football tournament in the world.
The all-important opening ceremony and draw will take place on Tuesday, with VIP guests, family and friends anxiously awaiting the group line-up at United’s Aon Training Complex. For the two finalists, the experience of a lifetime awaits. Both final teams will see their dreams come true as they walk out through the tunnel onto the pitch at Old Trafford on Saturday 9 August in the hope of becoming the 2014 MUPC World Champions.
MUPC offers a unique opportunity for stars of the future to live the dream of international football today. Over two million youngsters have benefitted from the Premier Cup experience over the last 21 years, testing their skills, their passion and their determination, against some of the best young players in the world.
38 MUPC graduates were among the brightest young stars at the World Cup this summer, including Manchester United’s own ‘Chicharito’, who confirmed the benefits of playing at the highest level at an early age, and said: "I have really great memories of this competition with Chivas -