JULY 15-21, 2018, GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN

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Gothia Cup in numbers 2017

Gothia Cup is over, for this time. We can now sum up the 43rd edition and say thanks to all the participants. We are already looking forward to the next years edition of Gothia Cup. 

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The last win went to France

In the last finale for tonight and the last match in the Gothia Cup, was the category B18 that would decide a winner. Entente Sannois Saint Gratien against Örgryte IS, and it was going to be a nail-biter.

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The American Dream

The last girls final of Gothia Cup 2017 was played in the Girls 17-category and it was NorCal PDP from USA who faced LB07 from Sweden. It was not a question about where the trophy were heading. The girls from “Cali” controlled the game from first to last minute and won 3–0. 

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Dreams of gold

It was a Right to Dream in white clothes and TikiTaka in red clothes who entered the plan to make up for the gold medal in the B17 Tipselit Trophy.

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A last minute goal brought the trophy to Corsica

The crowd at a sunny Gamla Ullevi got to experience a game winning goal in the last minute between the French teams Vincennes and Ajaccio (Boys 15). Ajaccio with the girl, Kenza Chapelle in the team scored on a corner kick in the last seconds of the game and could bring the trophy back home to Corsica. 

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Gold medals to Team Odense

Team Odense won the girls 15 final after a solid defense and effective attacking football. Fc Djursholm fought well, but couldn’t handle the Danish side who won Gothia Cup for the first time. 
“Im very happy right now, we are going to celebrate with a lot of singing” says Sasha Munk Larsen. 

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The South American team won the B14-final

The finals in the B14-category stood between Pequenino’s Do Jockey from Brazil and the Lizzy Football Club from Ghana. It was Lizzy who owned the ball during most of the match. But it was Pequeninos do Jockey who stood for the goals.

A match that had everything. The thrill, the speed and the throne. The guys played with a great self-esteem and it seemed on the plan. The first goal came after fifteen minutes in the first half of number 19, Marcus Alencar. Marcus drove a lot of solo drama as he hit the goalkeeper alone and could scold the ball into goal.

Lizzy took the game in the second half and struggled to score. The Brazilians kept tight defensive and had the skill of getting Lizzy in the offside many times.

During the last 10 minutes of the second half, it was basically a game against a goal. Lizzy played the ball while Pequeninos got a hunt and defended himself. Both teams had good chances and it seemed like Lizzy would make a goal.

With a game that gave advantage to Ghana, the game suddenly turned completely in the other direction. Alencar of Brazil managed to take the ball of Lizzyz back line, and again performing solo and rolled the ball the same way as the first target. There dashed the Marcus Alencar final and was able to cheer with his teammates.

Match winner who is also the man of the match was, perhaps not surprisingly, Marcus Alencar in Pequeninos do Jockey.

– It feels absolutely amazing to win the finals. It is a honor to receive the prize as the best player of the match and to make two goals in a final. Absolutely wonderful, says Marcus.

AIK FF took their 13th Gothia Cup trophy.

AIK FF won the first final this Saturday morning by winning against their local rival, Hammarby IF in Girls 14 category.  1–1 after full time meant that the game had to determined on penalties. AIK showed strength and could collect their club’s 13th titel in Gothia Cups history.

It was a closed opening of the first final this Saturday morning. The big rivals from Stockholm, Hammarby IF and AIK FF faced each other and it was a lot of tough challenges on the pitch. The first scoring chance came from AIK when Sefanit Samrawe took a shot but the ball just went outside the post.

It was also AIK who opens the score after 19 minutes and it was an absolute beauty from Rosa Kafaji.

Hammarby started to chase an equalizer and they created a lot of scoring chances, specially from number 6, Alexandra Calixte Rosengren.

But after the first half it was still AIK who had the advantage by leading 1–0.

The second half continued with a chase for an equalizer for Hammarby. The team had a lot of possession but didn’t get the ball close enough to create som scoring chances. But from a Bolt from the blue Vendela Dreifaldt scored the equalizer with an impressive solo performance.

Vendela Dreifaldt kept being a threat for the AIK’s defense. With one minute left of the game she took a shot and the goalkeeper in AIK, Vendela Persbeck really had to show her skills.

However, the game ended 1–1 and penalties had to determine a winner.

The penalty shootout was a nervous thing, were both teams missed a couple of penalties but in the end it was AIK who showed strength and nerves in control.

The goal scorer in the game, Rosa Kafaji was really happy after the game.

” It feels really good. I think it was even, but we still had control of the game. It was nervous before the penalties but we remain calm. We will celebrate by being just as happy as we can”, Rosa Kafaji says.

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