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Former Manchester United manager launching the Milk Cup in 2012

Former Manchester United manager launching the Milk Cup in 2012

Former Manchester United manager launching the Milk Cup in 2012

The best footballers in the world are heading to south America this summer and the best young players from south America are destined for Northern Ireland.

Organisers of the Dale Farm Milk Cup have announced that Mexican side Club America are returning to the tournament to compete in the Premier section, while Peru's Club Cantolao and O'Higgins FC from Chile will take part in the Junior event.

And to add to the rich international flavour of the competition regular participants Otago, from New Zealand, have confirmed that they will be back.

"We truly have an outstanding international flavour spreading from north and central America into south America, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Russia and Europe," says tournament chairman Victor Leonard.

"I reckon this is one of the strongest line-ups we have attracted in some time and the calibre of representatives is exceptionally high."

There are Irish connections with a number of those visiting clubs.

Otago were introduced to the Milk Cup by Clarke Walker, a New Zealand businessman whose father Sammy was Irish FA President in the 1990s.

O'Higgins FC take their name from founder Bernardo O'Higgins. He helped free the country from Spanish rule in the Chilean War of Independence and his Ambrosio was born in County Sligo.

The club also has a famous former manager in Manchester City's Premier League title winning boss Manuel Pellegrini.

The draw for the 2014 Dale Farm Milk Cup will take place from at W5 in the Odyssey complex next Tuesday, May 27.

The tournament itself will run from Monday July 28 to Friday August 1, with the opening parade on Sunday, July 27.

Belfast Telegraph


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