Highlights and features from the 2014 Under-11's Premier League schools finals at the Etihad stadium. Over 1,000 schools entered, now it's down to the final 20.
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We are here at the Etihad Stadium, and it is the end of the Premier
League season, so you would not think an awful lot would be going on
today. That is where you would be wrong, because on Match of the Day
Kickabout, we have come here especially for the Premier League
schools tournament 2014. Come on! Welcome to the home of the newly
crowned champions, Manchester City. Just a few weeks ago, the likes of
Joe Hart and Sergio Aguero came out of that tunnel to win the Premier
League trophy, but today is about the new generation of young talent.
Over 1000 schools have been whittled down to just 20, each representing a
local Premier League team. Welcome to the Premier League schools
tournament 2014. 320 players are ready to go, and will be competing
in some mixed events today. There are four groups of five teams. The
winners of each group will then compete in the semifinals and then
it is the grand final. Matches are six aside, ten minutes long, and
normal football rules apply. This tournament is something these
players will never forget, and they are about to get a little Manchester
City surprise. Everyone, hello, I am Vincent Kompany. I would just like
to wish you good luck. I know how it feels to play in this beautiful
stadium. Get on with it and have a great day! That you have it, the big
man, Vincent Kompany, surprisingly old players with a good luck
message. One player with a particularly special surprise is the
Manchester captain, and that is my particularly special surprise is the
training ground, joined by a very special guest, Mikey. How was the
tournament? It was nerve wracking. We came to the final. We scored one
and then they equalised. Your nerves were jangling. What did it mean to
get through to the final? were jangling. What did it mean to
jumping. You are the company -- captain. What are you going to be
doing today? We have come to look around the training ground. What if
I told you that I had a surprise for you? Do
I told you that I had a surprise for Deaths. Today you are going to be
meeting the Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany. Oh, my... Have you
meeting the Manchester City captain, reaction! He is speechless. We
should go and beat him, shouldn't we? Yes. We have to come up with
some questions. The pressure is on. I were asking three questions, three
some questions. The pressure is on. tips what I could do and what he
does to the players to keep them going. Find out what makes the
perfect captain. Yes. Perfect. I going. Find out what makes the
think it is time you went to interview him. He is waiting for you
-- for you through that. I am not allowed in. Over to you! Good luck.
How are you doing? All right. How is it going? Good. I heard you have
some questions for me. This is the biggest game of my life. What was
the biggest game of your life? I would say the Manchester United
game, the Derby, ? Seasons back when the whole season was resting on this
game, and if they would have win it, they would have won the title at
our ground, which would not have been nice, and if we win the game,
we came closer to a first title in 44 years, so it was a big game for
us. What you say to the team in the huddle to get them going? It depends
on the day. Sometimes you need to say something because you feel that
the energy is not quite how it should be. Most of the time, it is
in the games that you think are going to be easy, that is when you
need to be extra careful, because that is when you get caught out.
What three things should every captain have and white? The first
thing is you should be brave. The second thing is, you should always
give everything you have, that is how you show your example. The third
thing is, you should always put the interest of group before your own
interest, and if you do that, I think you will be a pretty good
captain. Thank you. To you think you're going to win? I hope so. I
have got a Derby in there for you. They better not lose it. We won't!
Are you excited to play the Etihad Stadium? I can't wait for it. I have
got a special present, a Captain's armband. Do you want me to put it on
your arm? I will do that. Enjoyed. Have fun.
Can you imagine how excited he must have been? They are currently taking
on Manchester United. The Derby is happening right there and it is
looking like a belter already. I am here among the fans. Are you having
a good time? Yes! We have got a good view from up here. Here is what has
been happening. In group A, follow and are looking
very strong. They beat their West London rivals Chelsea 6-0 in their
opening match. We will check in on them in a bit. In group B, Liverpool
are showing great form, and they are unbeaten in two games, including a
3-0 win against West Ham. They have one particular player with split
loyalties. I support the real team from Merseyside! In group C, one
player for Swansea has already found the net three times. He is called
Hartson. His dad is a Premier League Sarr. In this group, it is Crystal
Palace to making the early running at the top. In group D, Manchester
City have just drawn 0-0 with Manchester United. Currently, the
top are Stoke City, but the group is tight and there is much to play for.
They have plenty to keep them occupied when they are not on the
pitch. Come with me and check this out. These guys over here are
practising their quick feet, and over here, we have a speedometer.
Very exciting. Look at that. Are you going to give it a shot? Can you
take the ball fast? Go for it. Back to you. No prizes for guessing
which team you have tracked down. Yes, last weekend, my boys were
Arsenal. Talking about them, they are playing just behind me against
Newcastle, and it is still 0-0. If you are wondering how they prepare
for a tournament like this, I went for Breakfast with them.
The senior team have just won the FA Cup, and these guys behind me typing
to make it two trophies in less than a week. What is going through your
mind when you first kick-off? That we can actually win. And can you do
it? Yes. Goalkeeper. A big responsibility. You up for the
challenge? Yes, I really excited to play at the Etihad Stadium. Good
luck. The teams have had their Breakfast. They are prepared and
they have had a great night's sleep and they are now ready to head off
to the Etihad Stadium for one of the biggest days of their lives. Better
not miss the bus! You are quite chilled out.
At any players that you would like to play with? Wayne Rooney. Will you
win the big double? Yes. Are you nervous? No. Do you ever get
nervous? Before games, it is you have to just relax -- but you have
to just relax. Thank you so much to the Arsenal team for letting me on
their bus. They are absolute legends. The match here just ended
0-0. Every single player I have come across could not be more excited to
be part of this fantastic tournament. It is not just Arsenal
that had given their school a star treatment. There are many others as
well. Tottenham received a very special coaching session at the
training ground with first-team striker Emanuele Leo by all. --
Adebayor. They got a surprise video message from the players. Good
look. Good look to both schools representing Cardiff City ever yet
he had today -- the Etihad today. Full won this tournament last year,
and the year before that, and in their very first match today, they
weren't 6-0. Check them out! I am joined by two Premier League
referees, Anthony Taylor and Jon Moss. Thank you for joining me. How
has the day been so far? We have seen some top-quality players. I am
exhausted! It has been a long day. But it has been good to see the kids
enjoy themselves, and the parents and families having a good time.
Have you spotted lots of their play today? Absolutely. Even the teachers
on the sidelines have been polite to us today! But it is good to see the
kids enjoying themselves. You have been here plenty of times before.
How have the nerve cell that today? I have been extremely nervous today.
I don't want to let the players down and we have to give 100% as a
referee, whether it is a Premier League game or a game like this. We
want to make sure we do them justice. It is worse when your
friends and colleagues are watching you as well. They are the worst
people for giving you stick. No pressure Tom then!
Back to the action. We are at the business end of proceedings and this
is what has happened. An incredible 14 goals scored and maximum points
for follow, that means they have topped Group A. In group B,
Liverpool beat Southampton to the top spot by one point, meaning that
full and Liverpool came face-to-face in the first semifinal. It was a
hard-fought contest, but Liverpool were dominant against the reigning
champions. Three goals from the Reds proved too much for Fulham. The
final score was 3-1. In group C, Crystal Palace ran away with it,
beating Swansea, West Brom and Arsenal. In group D, Stoke City
qualified ahead of their Manchester rivals. It was Crystal Palace versus
Stoke City in the second semifinal, with Liverpool awaiting the winner.
The Potters putting a brave display, but the chances were few and far
between. In the end, Crystal Palace were too strong, and two goals were
all that was needed to set up the much anticipated final. Crystal
Palace versus Liverpool. I can't wait!
The final at last. We are ready for a full, proper commentary.
The final at last. We are ready for need a co-commentator, it is usually
a former player, possibly a need a co-commentator, it is usually
manager. It will be a real expert. I know just the person. Crystal
Palace versus Liverpool! Today, the under 11 is -- the under-11s take to
the pitch. Crystal Palace in a 131 formation.
Liverpool set up slightly differently, 80 to one formation.
This surely has to be the biggest match in their lives. This is it the
2014 national schools final. We are underway, with Liverpool going from
right-to-left, left, and audacious effort!
All the other teams have stayed to watch the event. And alongside me, a
man with all the experience, it is a pretty good venue isn't it, Radzi?
Imagine competing here. What an experience. A good chance that they
had a! Double save! He tried to follow up. What early pressure from
Liverpool. They could easily have taken an early lead in this final.
Long ball forward, beautifully taken. Just over the crossbar. It
will count as an attempt, a very lively striker for Crystal Palace.
Liverpool enjoying a fair bit of territory here in the early stages,
and here is another chance. He did not quite manage to get it on
target. He scored in the semifinal. His favourite player in -- is Luis
Suarez. You get the feeling that either team wants to score by any
means necessary. It is not going to be pretty. Good effort. Will
Liverpool be regretting all the chances? They are possibly just
rushing a bit too much. We have seen Liverpool in the Premier League this
season scoring goals for fun, and you can see that same freedom of
expression from these youngsters as they win a thrilling down by the
corner flag. In the sunshine, the players are aware of this huge
stadium around them. Not so long ago, the champions of England were
crowned right on this page. Close range! A header scores! Liverpool
are put-in front against Crystal Palace. Talk about taking chances.
Crystal Palace, their heads have not dropped at all. If anything, I
figured might have focused them. It was an opportunity, and he hardly
thought about it. It was instinct, a swing of the next, a flash of the
forehead. Liverpool are looking for a second.
It has just dragged away off target, but they are enjoying the
lion's share of possession. Crystal Palace, one goal behind. It
is also worth keeping an eye on cornice. I spoke to him before the
semifinal and he hardly got any action. He was very upset about
that. He scored the winning goal in the semifinal. When the chips are
down, he comes out and delivers the good.
What a goal! What a really impressive goal! The Everton fan, he
has put Liverpool 2-0 in front. You will not see a better goal scored in
any age group. He places the ball with speeds to the bottom left-hand
corner. What a strike! The goalkeeper has no chance. He loves
it. 2-0 to Liverpool. The defence has not been troubled so far. A
chance to lay the ball forward. A good build-up. A super save by
Barnwell. He needed a second attempt to grab it, but the goalkeeper might
have kept his team in with a chance here. I know some of these Liverpool
players have played at Anfield before, on the grass at Goodison.
Here they are at the Etihad Stadium, 2-0 in front so far. What a
fantastic turn this is. He never gives up. Goods to termination to
try to win possession back for Crystal Palace. You can see the
dedication and the ferocity of the tackles. Liverpool are looking to
come back with a counter attack. The final whistle blows! Liverpool's
under-11s have won this final income brands of fashion. When it came to
being a clinical in front of the goal, Liverpool proved superior
here. Crystal Palace rallied and found it difficult to get in this
final. They did well to make through to this stage. It is Liverpool's day
at the Etihad Stadium. What a performance. Liverpool are hugging
each other, smiles across their faces. We will get to hear more from
these faces in the future. They have beating Crystal Palace 2-0. Exciting
days for Liverpool football club, a rejuvenation for the senior side at
Anfield under Brendan Rodgers, and I am sure he will be pleased to see
this new generation in red jerseys coming through and impressing.
Liverpool have won this final. Your champions, Liverpool! I believe you
are the champions? How are you feeling holding the trophy? Great.
Boss. Out of the final blow? The start, we started quite lively, and
our keeper made a really good save. After a while, they started
defending, and we really wanted it more than them. Then we got our goal
and that calmed us down. How did it feel to play a stadium like this?
Unbelievable. In ten years, we could be seeing some future stars that
have played on this pitch right here. Tonight, I leave you with the
winners of the tournament, Liverpool. There is just one more
thing to do, isn't there, boys? Champions!
Highlights and features from the 2014 Under-11's Premier League schools finals at the Etihad stadium. Over 1,000 schools entered, now it's down to the final 20. Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany also surprises a young fan.