Frenz International Cup
The 2012 Frenz International Cup was the first international youth football tournament (Under-15) organized by Frenz United Football Academy (FUFA). It took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as the host city from 28 December 2012 to 6 January 2013. The matches were played in three stadiums around the host city, with final played at the MBPJ Stadium, Petaling Jaya. Eight teams were invited for participation in the inaugural tournament. Players from each team must have been born on January 1, 1998, or later to participate in this tournament.
Astro Arena was selected as the official broadcaster, airing 10 live and 5 delayed telecasts of the matches, while RadioTVSports.com was selected as the official online media partner which covered most of the activities in the tournament(including press conferences), and Best Western Premier Dua Sentral was selected as the Event Hotel. The tournament was supported and sanctioned by the Football Association of Malaysia, Asian Football Confederation, Persatuan Sepak Bola Seluruh Indonesia and Selangor FA.
In the first round of the tournament, the teams competed in round-robin groups of four teams for points, with the top two teams in each group proceeding. These four teams advanced to the semi final stage, to decide which teams would participate in the final.
|Piala Antarabangsa Frenz 2012|
|Dates||28 December 2012 – 6 January 2013 (10 days)|
|Venue(s)||3 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Slovakia (1st title)|
|Runners-up||Persepolis F.C. Academy|
|Third place||Frenz United Malaysia|
|Goals scored||40 (2.67 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Lubomir Tupta(4 goals)|
Teams participating in the tournament were invited by the organizers. Teams invited in the inaugural edition were:
Three stadiums served as the venues for the 2012 Frenz International Cup.
|Petaling Jaya||Shah Alam||Bangi|
|MBPJ Stadium||Shah Alam Stadium||INSPEN Stadium|
|Capacity: 25,000||Capacity: 80,000||Capacity: 5,000|
Both opening and final match were played at the MBPJ Stadium, Petaling Jaya.
|Frenz United Malaysia||3||1||2||0||4||3||+1||5|
|Persepolis F.C. Academy||3||2||0||1||6||3||+3||6|
|Frenz United Indonesia||3||1||0||2||3||7||-4||3
|29 December 2012|
|Frenz United Indonesia||0 – 2||Slovakia|
|Chonburi F.C.||1 – 0||Persepolis F.C. Academy|
|31 December 2012|
|Chonburi F.C.||1 – 2||Frenz United Indonesia|
|Persepolis F.C. Academy||3 – 1||Slovakia|
|2 January 2013|
|Slovakia||5 – 0||Chonburi F.C.|
|Frenz United Indonesia||1 – 3||Persepolis F.C. Academy|
|4 January 2013 – Petaling Jaya|
|6 January 2013 – Petaling Jaya|
|Frenz United Malaysia||0|
|Persepolis F.C. Academy||3|
|5 January 2013 – Petaling Jaya|
|Persepolis F.C. Academy||1|
|6 January 2013 – Petaling Jaya|
|Frenz United Malaysia||2|
- 4 goals
- Lubomir Tupta ( Slovakia)
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
Prize money and awards
The tournament boasts one of the most lucrative prize money ever offered in the ASEAN region for an under-age competition. The total prize money on offer for the tournament was distributed as follows:
- US$50,000 – Champions
- US$25,000 – Runners-up
- US$15,000 – Third place
- US$10,000 – Fourth place
- US$3,000 - Astro Arena Most Valuable Player Award
- FIFA Fair Play Trophy
|Champions||Runners-up||Third place||Fourth place|
|Slovakia||Persepolis F.C. Academy||Frenz United Malaysia||Malaysia|
|FIFA Fair Play Trophy||Most Valuable Player Award|
|Slavia Praha||Lubomir Tupta|
Prizes were given away by Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Shah Tengku Abdullah.
Also present were FA of Malaysia (FAM) vice-president Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin and Frenz United Football Academy (FUFA) president, Dato' Noor Ihsan A Hamid and Astro Arena's Azman Fahmi Osman.
Slovakia team manager Rastislav Sojak was full of praise of the smooth organization of the tournament and the massive media publicity it garnered.
"We are very certain the Frenz International Cup will grow bigger. In fact I am not exaggerating in saying it is already one of the best tournaments we have competed in terms of organization and publicity.
We compete in the UEFA-organised European Championship qualifiers of various ages and Frenz International Cup is comparable if not better especially in terms of publicity.
What is more important is that our players are given the chance to compete with youngsters from other cultures who one day will go on to create a name for themselves," said Sojak.
Frenz United Football Academy president Dato' Noor Ihsan A Hamid said FUFA would look forward to making the event an annual affair.
"This inaugural tournament has given us an idea of our capability in staging events of international stature. It has certainly set the tone for future collaboration with our partners such as the FA of Malaysia and other stakeholders," said Noor Ihsan.
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