The Open Cup
The island nation in the Atlantic Ocean has seen great strides in the youth development of the best players in the country. A large part of this is their national academy program as it benefits all of the youth and senior national teams. The national academy teams in the 1999 boys, 1998 boys, and 1997 boys will be competing in the 2013 Open Cup in their respective age divisions.
Noted for being the first and only Brazilian champion of the countryside, Guarani competes in most important tournaments such as: Campeonato Paulista (State tournament), Copa do Brasil (Brazilian cup) and Campeonato Brasilerio (Brazilian Championship). Guarani is the most important club in Brazil to prepare and reveal soccer talents. Among the years their storied academy has produced over 22 World Cup players for the Brazilian National team and revealed players worldwide famous such as Careca, Amaral, Julio Caesar, Deco, Evair, Amoroso, Luizão, Mauro Silva, Neto, Edu Dracena, Elano, João Paulo and Jonas, and have taken his cast nationally prominent players like Zenon, Edilson, Ricardo Rocha, Jorge Mendonca, Djalminha and Neneca.
Bonivital Soccer Club is one of the largest soccer clubs in the City of Winnipeg. The Club, formerly known as the St. Boniface-St. Vital Soccer Association, was formed in the 1980's, to provide multi-level participation and development to the youth of the south-east communities of Winnipeg. The Canadian Soccer Association considers the Club one of the most successful soccer clubs in Canada. As of 2008, Bonivital is the number four ranked Club nationally. Rankings are achieved by the number of appearances at the annual National Club Championships and the results achieved during competition. The Bonivital Soccer Club has medaled Gold (1991); Silver (2006 & 2007) and Bronze (2008) in past Club championships. Bonivital SC Under 15 and Under 18 Girls teams will participate in the 2013 Open Cup.
CF Monterrey Rayados, the Mexican professional club that is the current 2-time CONCACAF Champions League winners and set to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup against Chelsea and the other continental champions, announces their participation in the 2013 Open Cup. The 1999 Monterrey Rayados team and the 2000 Monterrey Rayados-B team will compete in the 2013 Open Cup. Also, Prepa Tec, a private school academy, are the current Private High School Girls National Champions of Mexico! The Prepa Tec U18 Boys will also compete!
Garden City Panthers FC from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria will be challenging for the title at the 2013 Open Cup. The competition in the U19 bracket will again be at an international class with last year’s FESA of El Salvador setting the bar with a victory on the final over CF Monterrey Rayados of Mexico. The Nigerian academy will look to take the 2013 title on the trip to the United States.
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