Europe’s rising stars in action at Aldershot’s EBB Stadium

Thursday 23rd November 2017 12:28 pm
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ALDERSHOT Town will welcome some of Europe’s best young players on Wednesday (Nov 29) when Dinamo Zagreb face VfL Wolfsburg at the EBB Stadium.

The Group D tie in the Premier League International Cup – a competition for the academies of 12 English teams and 12 elite sides from across Europe – sees Croatia’s most successful club play German’s VfL Wolfsburg, who won the Bundesliga title in 2008-09 and the German Cup in 2015.

The Zagreb team is likely to feature an array of Croatian youth internationals who may follow in the exalted footsteps of previous Dinamo academy graduates such as Luka Modric, Zvonimir Boban, Robert Prosinecki, Dario Simic and Vedran Corluka.

Recent Wolfsburg academy graduates include German internationals Julian Brandt and Maximilian Arnold, plus Turkey international Tolga Cigerci.

Wolfsburg currently top Group D, having beaten Everton last month in a section which also includes Derby County.

Kick-off is at 7pm, with admission priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

The International Cup, now in its fourth season, consists of six groups of four teams, with six group winners and the two best runners-up qualifying for the quarter-finals.

The 24 teams in the 2017-18 competition are: Sparta Prague, Liverpool, Newcastle United, PSV Eindhoven (Group A); Hertha Berlin, Legia Warsaw, Leicester City, Sunderland (Group B); Derby County, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Everton, VfL Wolfsburg (Group C); Athletic Club Bilbao, Celtic FC, Manchester United, Swansea City (Group D); Arsenal, FC Bayern Munich, FC Porto, Reading (Group E); and SL Benfica, Tottenham Hotspur, Villarreal CF, West Ham United (Group F).

• Bayern Munich and Porto will meet at Aldershot on Friday, January 26.

• Chelsea’s U18 squad begin the defence of their FA Youth Cup title on Friday, December 15 by hosting Scunthorpe United at Aldershot.

The young Blues, FA Youth Cup winners for the last four years – and six times in the last eight years – will face The Iron, who overcame Long Eaton and Cambridge United in the first two rounds.

Kick-off is 7.05pm, with admission priced £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

The match will be broadcast live on Chelsea TV.

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