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Young Rovers triumph in the Ibercup!

A trip to remember for Rovers Under-14s/Under-15s as they earn cup success in Portugal

4 April 2018

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Rovers Under-14s/Under-15s triumphed in the Ibercup last week after spending six days playing against a variety of teams in the competition in Portugal.

The team played seven games in all in Cascais and were pitted against the likes of Sporting Lisbon during that run.

After two wins and a draw in the group stage, they qualified for the last 16, where two more wins saw them face Sporting Lisbon in the semi-final for a place in the showdown piece incolving the last two.

Rovers emerged 2-0 winners against Sporting and went on the face Israeli side Ashdod, which was always going to be a tough test considering their opponents won on penalties against Atletico Madrid in the semis stage. 

Played in front of a crowd of over 1,000 people, the game screened live on the internet to many thousands more back home.

Blackburn were impressive in the Final and after two disallowed goals they ran out 3-0 winners to lift the trophy to the delight of Youth Development Phase Coach Dan Stubberfield.

“As an Academy we feel this is a vital part of their development, playing against teams from different countries and styles of play is a great way of seeing how our players can cope and adapt," Dan said. "Seeing the way our players coped with the extra pressure of tournament football and competing to win points in the group stage.

"The constant fear of being eliminated from the knock out aspect of the tournament was a fantastic experience for our players, and one they dealt with extremely well. 

"The other benefit was seeing how they interacted with each other away from home, they had quite a lot of downtime where they needed to rest and recover, the players took part in recovery sessions in the swimming pool as well as ice baths and fun team building activities.”

Head of the Academy Stuart Jones added: “The success of the U14/15s in the Ibercup is a fantastic achievement by all the players and staff involved. They have been a real credit in representing Blackburn Rovers in Europe, and have enhanced our reputation of producing fantastic young footballers, with the hope of progressing into our first team.

"These trips abroad a fundamental in enhancing the development of all our Academy players, and enables them to play against opposition, that may differ in the style and culture, to what our players are used to.

"Ultimately, these tournaments provide players with the opportunity to develop their learning and enjoy the experiences they have.”

Well done, lads! 

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