Do you live and breathe football but think only of tennis and cycling when Istria and sports are mentioned? Then you obviously don’t know how much Istria loves football and how much football loves Istria! Istria Youth Cup is the best proof of it, with the fantastic clubs taking part, not to mention its amazing atmosphere!
Mid-October, when Croatia’s largest peninsula is the perfect place to chase after a ball, the football fileds of Novigrad, Umag and Rovinj will offer a veritable football extravaganza – the Istria Youth Cup, an international football tournament in which six amazing European junior teams will be competing.
And when we say amazing, we mean football clubs of great renown, who win trophies wherever they play and whose names can inspire football fans to travel miles and miles in order to support their team to victory, like the English Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur or the Italian Milan. Their juniors will be competing against the junior teams of Austrian Red Bull Salzburg and Italian Roma while Croatia’s strength on the soccer fields of Northwestern Istria will be represented by Zagreb’s Dinamo junior team.
The Dinamo junior team will have to first win against the juniors of Milan in Umag and then those of Tottenham in Novigrad to earn a chance to play against Manchester. We are certain of only one thing: whether our boys win or not, we’re in for four days of superb football with a whole slew of new hopes for whom we might be able to say, in a few years – they got their start in Istria!