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Tuesday, 05 June 2018

RSC Anderlecht wins 3rd edition of KDB Cup

RSC Anderlecht is the winner of the 3rd edition of the KDB Cup, the international U15 tournament named after Kevin De Bruyne. A strong field of participants - Manchester City, the Turkish Beşiktaş and the Russian Zenit St. Petersburg were there for the first time, a comprehensive subsidiary program and noted guests like Kevin De Bruyne himself and his coach Pep Guardiola, attracted a record number of 7500 football fans to Drongen.

After a closed match, RSC Anderlecht scored from the surprising finalist AZ Alkmaar after a very exciting penalty series. AZ Alkmaar won two individual prizes: for the best player (Kian Fitz-Jim) and best goalkeeper (Daniël Deen). Charlie McNeil of Manchester City became the top shooter of this tournament. Finally, Zenit St Petersburg won the trophy for fair play. The other Belgian teams have let down a bit this year and ended at the bottom of the ranking. Anderlecht coach Benoît Haegeman reacted very positively after the final victory. "A few weeks ago we played a tournament in France. But my players were especially looking forward to this event. In terms of setting, the state of the terrains and quality of the level of play is of top level."

On Saturday, the passage of Pep Guardiola, the top coach of Manchester City, made for a first highlight. The charming Catalan followed many competitions with great attention and took the time for selfies and signatures. With the parents of Kevin, Guardiola repeatedly praised their 26-year-old son. During a press conference he once again emphasized his love for youth football. Guardiola said he was impressed by the professional organization of the KDB Cup: "When I was young, I also played these kind of tournaments: playing against teams from other countries is still a wonderful experience. to please Kevin De Bruyne, because in my heart youth football occupies an important place, which is why I wanted to follow as many matches as possible."

Sunday morning, with the friendly match against Portugal still in the legs, Kevin De Bruyne also paid a visit to his Cup. Kevin also participated in a few matches from the dug-out. After Paris Saint-Germain went 0-2 against Club Brugge, the Parisians were personally comforted by the Red Devil: "Keep believing in yourself, in your teammates and your own abilities!"

In the ancillary program, there was a lot of interest in the G-football demonstration matches on Saturday and the very first World Cup footbal organized by Voetbal Vlaanderen. Voetribal is the new competition form for the youth series U7 untill U12. During the World Cup three separate disciplines three against three were played with the fun element at the center place.

Of course, the organizers of the KDB Cup were very satisfied with the past weekend. "We can work out a worldwide tournament, comparable to what Kevin De Bruyne currently represents, and we are very proud of it", according to tournament director Jeroen Verhille. "It was a wonderful event for young and old", KDB Cup chairman Paul Naudts. "Anderlecht became the deserved winner, and it's nice to have a Belgian team on our honors list."

The fourth edition of the KDB Cup will take place on 25 and 26 May 2019.

Ranking KDB Cup 2018 :
1 RSC Anderlecht
2 AZ Alkmaar
3 Odense BK
4 Manchester City FC
5 Zenit Saint Petersburg
6 Beşiktaş JK
7 Chelsea FC
8 Borussia Dortmund
9 KRC Genk
10 Club Brugge
11 Paris Saint-Germain
12 KAA Ghent