2012 PUSKÁS-SUZUKI U17 football tournament attracts significant interest
The Hungarian teams swept the board at the 5th PUSKÁS-SUZUKI CUP, held on Easter weekend. The Budapest Honvéd defended its title for a second time in a row, while the young players of the Videoton Puskás Academy took the silver trophy. The event attracted huge interest, with some 100,000 visits to the Academy’s homepage. Magyar Suzuki Corporation is the eponymous sponsor of the tournament.
The Ferenc Puskás Football Academy held its fifth annual U17 international football tournament from 6th to 9th of April in Felcsút. The field consisted of six teams: the hosting Videoton Puskás Academy; two-time winner Budapest Honvéd; Real Madrid and Panathinaikos, who have been here every year since the first Cup; Academia Hagi, which came for the second time this year; and this year’s new entry, Austria Wien.
The teams played a total of nine games in the group matches and the finals. Defeating the team of the Videoton Puskás Academy with impressive confidence in the final, Budapest Honvéd defended its title for a second time this year.
Here are the final results: 1. Budapest Honvéd, 2. Videoton Puskás Academy, 3. Austria Wien, 4. Panathinaikos, 5. Real Madrid, 6. Academia Hagi.
Players of Budapest Honvéd took all the individual awards this year. The 2012 PUSKÁS-SUZUKI CUP’s top goal-scorer was Gergely Bobál, who broke several records: he scored a total of seven goals, four in the final, to become the top scorer, and won the best player title, too. Honvéd’s Tamás Gazsi became the best goal-keeper of the Cup, getting only one goal during the tournament.
The medals were awarded by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, founder of the Puskás Football Academy; Hisashi Takeuchi, the Chief Executive Officer of Magyar Suzuki Corporation; Sándor Csányi, the president of the Hungarian Football Federation; Attila Czene, undersecretary for sport; Lőrinc Mészáros, the president of the Puskás Academy; and Mrs. Ferenc Puskás.
Sports director of the Hungarian Football Federation, former legendary forward of Austria Wien Tibor Nyilasi watched all the games in the stadium. “No wonder people all over Europe talk about this tournament, now in its fifth year, and Real Madrid wants to be among the participants every year,” Nyilasi told mlsz.hu after the final. “It would be very important for the development of young Hungarian players to have a chance to participate in as many tournaments like this as possible.”
“As a Japanese company present in Hungary, Magyar Suzuki Corporation supports Hungarian sports actively,” the company’s CEO Hisashi Takeuchi said. “As a diamond category sponsor of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, we provide a fleet of cars upgraded every six months for athletes preparing for the London Olympic Games and for their coaches, and it is also in this spirit that we have been sponsoring the PUSKÁS-SUZUKI CUP for five years now. All the participants played with great enthusiasm and stamina, and it is a great pleasure that local teams took the first and second places. Congratulations on their achievement,” Hisashi Takeuchi said.
The group matches of the PUSKÁS-SUZUKI CUP were televised by PTV, the Academy’s channel, while the finals were brought to the public live by SPORT 2. The public could also follow the games on the Puskás Academy website (pfla.hu), and on the official site of the Cup (puskassuzukicup.net). The most important news items were published on the PUSKÁS-SUZUKI Cup homepage in Hungarian and English. The event attracted huge interest: over 100,000 people visited the website during the tournament.