"Christmas arrives early for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup" - Gordon Jago
Executive Director Gordon Jago, Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII and Nike Inc. are pleased to announce the confirmation of English Premier League Champions Manchester United, legendary French Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and Argentine Primera Division champions Boca Juniors to the Gordon Jago Super Group at Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIII April 1-8, 2012.
"We are excited to partner with the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup for a third year" said Joe Elsmore "Nike North America Soccer Sports Marketing Director”. With the participation of these teams, the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup will continue to showcase some of the best youth elite soccer talent in the world."
Manchester United, 19-time Barclays Premier League Champions, return to the Gordon Jago Super Group for the first time since 2006. Their previous appearance brought players like Giuseppe Rossi, Darron Gibson and Jonny Evans to Dallas Cup. “We are very much looking forward to travelling to Dallas to participate in the Dallas Cup. We will be bringing a team that have been together for a while, a majority of which were involved in winning the Youth Cup last season. It is good experience for the lads to play teams from different cultures and it is a great opportunity for us all.” – Manchester United Reserve Manager Warren Joyce
Paris Saint-Germain, two-time Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League winners, join the Gordon Jago Super Group for the first time in tournament history. The only major club in Paris, the PSG academy has produced players like Nicolas Anelka and is the current U19 and U17 French academy league champions. Paris Saint-Germain Sébastien Wasels: “We are delighted to participate to the XXXIII edition of the Dallas Cup. It is an honour for Paris Saint-Germain to participate to such a renowned and prestigious tournament in the US. We are grateful for Nike and the Dallas cup organization for their invitation and we look forward to demonstrating the quality of our Academy program during the competition”
Boca Juniors: Boca Juniors, arguably the most famous club of South America, boast an impressive trophy case with 25 Argentine championships, 6 Copa Libertadores titles and won the 2011 Argentine Primera Division championship on December 4. Their famous academy has produced current Argentine National Team members Carlos Tevez, Nicolas Burdisso, Ever Banega and Fernando Gago. “To have these three renowned clubs send their teams to the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup is especially satisfying to us and our superb sponsor Nike Inc. who has worked together with us to bring these excellent teams to Dallas next year” stated Randy Jones, Dallas Cup Tournament Manager.
Dr Pepper Dallas Cup is the oldest international youth soccer tournament in the United States, celebrating its 33rd year in 2012. Dallas Cup contains seven age groups from U13 to U19 level and entertains on average more than 160,000 spectators during the week. Since its inception in 1980, Dallas Cup has played host to teams and referees from over 45 states, 100 countries and 6 continents.
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