Barcelona wins International Football Tournament UTLC Cup 2019

FC Barcelona won the 2019 UTLC Cup by winning a penalty shootout against Lokomotiv Moscow at the RZD Arena on August 25, the final day of the III International Football Tournament UTLC Cup 2019. The regular time of the match did not reveal the winner ending with a draw, 1:1. In the penalty shootout, the Catalans turned out to be more successful – 6:5. About 5,000 spectators watched the match from the stands, including the fans from the official Barcelona fan club in Russia.

Yokohama F. Marinos won the bronze, having beaten Inter in a penalty shootout as well. The fifth place went to Borussia, the sixth – to Olympique Lyonnais, the seventh to – CSKA Moscow, the eighth – to Dinamo Minsk, the ninth – to Astana, and tenth – to Zhejiang Greentown.

The award ceremony involved General Director of JSC “United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance” (JSC UTLC ERA) Alexey Grom, Deputy General Director of JSC Russian Railways and Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC UTLC ERA Andrey Starkov, General Director of FC Lokomotiv Moscow Vasily Kiknadze, FC Lokomotiv’s head coach Yuri Semin and two-time Russian football champion Ruslan Pimenov. The ceremony was also marked by the presence of representatives of embassies of the countries having participated in the tournament: commissioner for sporting events of the Embassy of Germany and captain of the embassy’s football team Nikolay Zizevsky, Technical Advisor of the Education Department of the Embassy of Spain in Russia Javier Torres Hernández, and representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of France at the Embassy of France in Russia Aurelien Vuitton.

“We’ve managed to create a true celebration of youth football. I thank everyone who has helped us organize this wonderful tournament. I, just as all the fans, have enjoyed watching the exciting games. I’m sure that the final game, in its turn, has left no one indifferent,” –Aleksey Grom, General Director of JSC UTLC ERA said.

“I am confident that in a few years many of you who are yet young football players will become world football stars. And I hope you will remember that your path to stardom began here, at the UTLC Cup,” – Deputy General Director of Russian Railways Andrey Starkov addressed the young athletes.

In 2019, the tournament included ten of the strongest football clubs in Europe and Asia. For the first time, the prestigious event was attended by footballers of FC Barcelona from Spain, FC Borussia from Germany, Olympique Lyonnais from France, Inter Milan from Italy, Dynamo Minsk, and CSKA Moscow, who played against the teams already well-loved by the fans from the past tournaments: Yokohama F. Marinos, Zhejiang Greentown from China, Astana from Kazakhstan, and the tournament hosts – the youth team of FC Lokomotiv Moscow.

“We are very grateful to the tournament initiators for the opportunity for the young Barcelona players to play in Moscow, to participate in the International Football Tournament UTLC Cup and exchange experiences with other football clubs,” –Barcelona head coach Serra Gregory Mark said.

The International Football Tournament UTLC Cup is established by JSC “United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance” (JSC UTLC ERA) as a social project uniting the countries of the Eurasian continent. The company provides services for cargo transportation by container block trains between China and Europe through the territories of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Belarus. The official partner of the tournament is JSC Russian Railways (JSC “RZD”).