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Frenz International Cup

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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.

2012 Frenz International Cup
Piala Antarabangsa Frenz 2012
Tournament details
Host countryMalaysia
Dates28 December 2012 – 6 January 2013 (10 days)
Teams8
Venue(s)3 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions Slovakia (1st title)
Runners-upIran Persepolis F.C. Academy
Third placeMalaysia Frenz United Malaysia
Fourth place Malaysia
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored40 (2.67 per match)
Top scorer(s)Slovakia Lubomir Tupta(4 goals)
2014

Teams[edit]

Teams participating in the tournament were invited by the organizers. Teams invited in the inaugural edition were:

 Malaysia

 Slovakia

Malaysia Frenz United Malaysia

Indonesia Frenz United Indonesia

Iran Persepolis F.C. Academy

Czech Republic Slavia Praha

Thailand Chonburi F.C.

South Korea Incheon Selection

Venues[edit]

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.

Statistics[edit]

Group Stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Malaysia 3 2 1 0 8 1 +7 7
Malaysia Frenz United Malaysia 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
Czech Republic Slavia Praha 3 1 1 1 3 6 -3 4
South Korea Incheon Selection 3 0 0 3 3 8 -5 0
28 December 2012
 Malaysia 5 – 0 Czech Republic Slavia Praha
Malaysia Frenz United Malaysia 3 – 2 South Korea Incheon Selection
30 December 2012
 Malaysia 2 – 0 South Korea Incheon Selection
Malaysia Frenz United Malaysia 0 – 0 Czech Republic Slavia Praha
1 January 2013
Czech Republic Slavia Praha 3 – 1 South Korea Incheon Selection
Malaysia Frenz United Malaysia 1 – 1  Malaysia

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Slovakia 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 6
Iran Persepolis F.C. Academy 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6
Indonesia Frenz United Indonesia 3 1 0 2 3 7 -4 3

Thailand Chonburi F.C. 3 1 0 2 2 7 -5 3
29 December 2012
Indonesia Frenz United Indonesia 0 – 2  Slovakia
Thailand Chonburi F.C. 1 – 0 Iran Persepolis F.C. Academy
31 December 2012
Thailand Chonburi F.C. 1 – 2 Indonesia Frenz United Indonesia
Iran Persepolis F.C. Academy 3 – 1  Slovakia
2 January 2013
 Slovakia 5 – 0 Thailand Chonburi F.C.
Indonesia Frenz United Indonesia 1 – 3 Iran Persepolis F.C. Academy

Knockout stage[edit]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
4 January 2013 – Petaling Jaya
 
 
 Slovakia2
 
6 January 2013 – Petaling Jaya
 
Malaysia Frenz United Malaysia0
 
Iran Persepolis F.C. Academy3
 
5 January 2013 – Petaling Jaya
 
 Slovakia(pen.) 5
 
 Malaysia0
 
 
Iran Persepolis F.C. Academy1
 
Third place
 
 
6 January 2013 – Petaling Jaya
 
 
Malaysia Frenz United Malaysia2
 
 
 Malaysia0

Goalscorers[edit]

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Prize money and awards[edit]

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 Iran Persepolis F.C. Academy Malaysia Frenz United Malaysia  Malaysia
FIFA Fair Play Trophy Most Valuable Player Award
Czech Republic Slavia Praha Slovakia 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.

Remarks[edit]

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.

Dato' Noor Ihsan A Hamid(center) during the pre-final match conference

Future[edit]

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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