Aug 24, 2011
After months of preparation and hard work, the NextGen Series opener was upon us. We travelled up to Anfield for the first fixture of the tournament – Liverpool FC vs. Sporting Clube de Portugal and had big expectations for the evening ahead.
For those of you who are not aware of Sporting’s credentials in world football – you only have to look at some of their recent academy graduates – Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Luis Figo to realise that their youth system is up there as one of the best in the world.
The game kicked off at 7pm in front of a packed Kop stand, and we were treated to some fantastic football throughout the game. Sporting CP came through comfortable 3-0 winners, and set the bar very high for the other teams in the competition.
It was fantastic to see Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher at the game supporting the youngsters and to have Kenny Dalgleish casting his eye on the talent at Anfield was a testament to how highly regarded the NextGen Series has become.
Next stop is Celtic Park on the 31st of August for Celtic’s game vs. FC Barcelona which is set to be another classic.
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