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The Youth Academy’s Sports Results

The 2016/2017 Season featured a sporting event-packed schedule.

All the teams, except for the Pulcini 2009 and the Femminile 2007/2008 categories, participated in the championship dedicated to their specific category, in addition to engaging in several friendly matches and in tournaments and memorial matches in Italy and abroad.

The sports results achieved by the teams were mixed.

The Primavera U19 saw the qualification in the national championship playoffs fade away on the last match-day (Milan v. Cesena, 13/05/2017), while the Allievi U17, after having ranked third in their group, were defeated by Sassuolo in the first playoff match held on 21.05.2017. The U15s, who ranked third in their group, defeated Novara in a double playoff match thus getting through to the final eight which featured another double game this time against Roma. The team was beaten by an objectively stronger and more complete team losing 1-0 on the Vismara ground and obtaining a 2-2 draw in the away match in Rome.

U16s, a real surprise

The U16s were instead the real surprise pack. Finished fourth in their group behind Atalanta, Inter and Cesena, after a difficult start of the season, coach Lupi’s boys played the second part of the second round, the playoffs and the final four with excellent quality, according to our game principles and the soccer proposal required by our training program.

The win the team got in the eighth Memorial Stefano Gusella, the tournament played in Piedmont during the Easter break, turned out to be decisive, as they became aware of the fact they could win also by adopting a not exclusively result-oriented approach, thus triggering a motivation-awareness-effectiveness virtuous circle which is key for learning.

In the playoffs, the U16s defeated Juventus 5-0, Inter 4-1 in an away match, Atalanta in a double challenge winning 3-1 at home and losing 2-1 away from home, making it to the final four. During the event held in Romagna, the young footballers secured the title of Italian Champions defeating Genoa 1-0 in the semi-final and prevailing over Roma 5-2 in the final hosted in the Manuzzi stadium in Cesena on June 23, 2017.

The result is even more important if seen as a fundamental training tool and as the crowning achievement of a well-done job.