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Two top European clubs confirm SuperCupNI debuts while Rangers and Celtic return for 2019 tournament

 

Glasgow Rangers' Cole McKibbon in action against Co Londonderry's Lee Harkin at the 2018 SuperCupNI.
Glasgow Rangers' Cole McKibbon in action against Co Londonderry's Lee Harkin at the 2018 SuperCupNI.

By Robert Jones

Two of the biggest clubs in Europe will make their debuts at this summer's STATSports SuperCupNI with Arsenal and Valencia CF signing up for the international youth tournament.

English Premier League giants Arsenal will cross the Irish Sea with their Under-15 team to challenge in the competition's Junior section, which will also feature Rangers.

Spanish club Valencia CF will fly their talented Under-17 squad in to contest the Premier section alongside Celtic.

The participation letters from both clubs were finalised directly via the new relationship between SuperCupNI and Global Premier Soccer. This collaboration also played a key role in securing new event sponsor STATSports earlier this year.

"We are excited to welcome clubs of the international calibre of Arsenal and Valencia to the STATSports SuperCupNI," said chairman Victor Leonard.

"When you consider the talented players who came through both clubs' academies there is no doubting the high quality we can expect to see."

David Silva, Isco and Jordi Alba are all graduates of Valencia CF's youth system while players such as Jack Wilshere and Alex Iwobi came through the Arsenal ranks.

The 38th edition of the renowned tournament will run from Sunday, July 28 to Friday, August 2. It will be played in the Causeway Coast and Glens and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council areas.

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