FC Porto reigned supreme at the last Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup, showing nerves of steel to overcome local boys FC Zurich on penalties in the final after a goalless draw in regular time.
The Portuguese side's first ever triumph at the prestigious junior tournament came against an FCZ team taking part in their second successive final, having also lost the previous year’s decider on penalties. “It wasn’t easy for us,” Porto attacker Christian Twasam told FIFA.com after helping his side to the trophy. “The match was very difficult.”
An impressive total attendance of 11,500 watched the 73rd edition of the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup and, in spite of the chilly Swiss temperatures, fans were treated to an unforgettable tournament. Ten top clubs from Europe and South America reassured onlookers that there is no shortage of talented youngsters coming through, many of whom we are sure to hear more from in the future.
Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb claimed third place as they beat 2010 champions Boca Juniors from Argentina. The Fair Play Award went to Israeli club Maccabi Haifa, while Zagreb’s Kristian Kalina claimed the award for Best Goalkeeper.
"This tournament is an outstanding event," said FC Thun coach Rudiger Bohm after leading his side to a fifth-placed finish. “The response among fans has been superb and the organisation impeccable. It really is a highlight, not only in Switzerland but around the world.”
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter also attended and was impressed with the quality of the competition: "It’s a tournament for young players. Let the youngsters play. Believe me, football is a sport which not only arouses emotions, it’s also an incredibly good pastime!”