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January 31, 2018

Hundreds of fans from across the world flocked to Aspire Zone for the final of the 2018 Al Kass International Cup between Kashiwa Reysol and Paris Saint-Germain. The matched capped 11 thrilling days of phenomenal play by top youth footballers whose p

 
January 31, 2018

Chris Makin – Al Kass Analyst Hosoya was on the far side, and Fujimoto was ready, when the ball came closing down tonight, and it was 1-0 for Kashiwa, just few minutes into the game. The Kashiwa captain was wonderful on left foot today. The Ka

 
January 31, 2018

Paris Saint-Germain took on Kashiwa Reysol in the final of the 2018 Al Kass International Cup, and produced a gripping performance worthy of football’s grandest stages. A super blue blood moon was on the rise in the sky above Aspire Zone as the

 
January 31, 2018

Nick Summerbee – Al Kass Analyst As expected, Benfica was going forward in every way, and taking control of the game, from the start of the match. One thing we learnt about Espérance in this tournament was that they will keep fighting, and pu

 
January 31, 2018

The enormously talented Benfica Under-17s said goodbye to Al Kass 2018 with another performance of the highest quality, running out worthy winners against Espérance de Tunis by three goals to nil. The Portuguese youngsters, with their tremendous

 
January 31, 2018

The penultimate day of competition at Al Kass International Cup 2018 saw strong play from four teams who, but for a few unlucky bounces, could have been playing in today’s final. Aspire Football Dreams topped defending tournament champion Real M

 
 
January 31, 2018

Chris Makin – Al Kass Analyst Aspire Football Dreams looked like they had a great pace on the game today; and the Real Madrid players were really quick on their feet. The white shirts were creating good opportunities, but they were not really h

 
January 30, 2018

Aspire Football Dreams ran out deserving 3-1 winners against Real Madrid in an engrossing clash between two of the strongest squads at Al Kass 2018. The teams had met earlier in the tournament, sharing the spoils in a 1-1 group game. Both sides we

 
January 30, 2018

Nasser Al Khater, Assistant Secretary General for the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, took in the Al Kass International Cup and spoke about the future of football in Qatar How crucial a role does Aspire Academy play in nurturing young foo

 
January 30, 2018

Football fans from across Doha braved the chilly weather yesterday to watch AC Milan, Aspire Football Dreams, Aspire Academy and Real Madrid compete for positions five through eight during the consolation matches. Rob Osborne, a British expat who

 
January 30, 2018

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst Aspire Academy players seemed like they were in good spirits today. There was a chance for AC Milan in the early stages, which was not taken well, and Abunada made a great save. It had been a positive start from A

 
January 30, 2018

AC Milan defeated Aspire Academy on penalties to take in a low-key encounter that finished 1-1 in normal time, giving the Italian side seventh place in the Al Kass International Cup. In their previous three matches, despite showing plenty of attac

 
 
January 29, 2018

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst It was looking like it was going to be a dramatic game today. Kashiwa was kicking from a right to left direction in the first half of the semifinals. It was looking solid at the back for Kashiwa, when the match st

 
January 29, 2018

Kashiwa Reysol gatecrashed their way to the final of Al Kass 2018, overcoming a magnificent Benfica side on penalties after a thrilling match – one of the greatest the tournament has ever seen – ended 3-3 in normal time. The Portuguese team ha

 
January 29, 2018

Chris Makin – Al Kass Analyst Esperance were looking very comfortable today, when the match started. They were also very organized and had more possession of the ball. It was great goalkeeping by Jebali, to come out of the box, 8 minutes into t

 
January 29, 2018

Paris Saint-Germain advanced to the final of Al Kass 2018 after overcoming a stern examination set by Espérance de Tunis, and prevailing by four goals to two. Going into this game PSG knew that — at the very least — they would need to do some

 
 
 
 
January 28, 2018

Real Madrid bade a fond farewell to Al Kass 2018 with a convincing 4-0 victory over fellow giants of European game AC Milan. The Spaniards had taken a shock exit from the knockout stage after falling victim to a smash-and-grab raid by Kashiwa Reysol

 
January 28, 2018

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst Real Madrid had great control over the ball in the first half, but AC Milan was keeping them at bay. It was a great strike by Fores, 11 minutes into the match, but Zanellato had a good hand over the ball – it wa

 
January 28, 2018

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst Aspire Academy were all in maroon today, and playing from a left to right direction in the first half; they had quiet a bit of strong wind on their backs today. It was looking fairly even, 12 minutes into the game

 
January 28, 2018

Aspire Football Dreams overcame Aspire Academy by a single goal to nil in a match where the windy conditions influenced proceedings as much as any one player. In their previous game, Aspire Academy had stood up well to the unashamedly physical app

 
January 27, 2018

Nick Summerbee – Al Kass Analyst There were some missed opportunities by Aspire Football Dreams early on in the match. The higher you go in the tournament, you might not get a lot of opportunities, and this was certainly not a time to miss thes

 
January 27, 2018

With two berths left in the semifinals up for the taking, throngs of fans turned out yesterday at the Al Kass International Cup to cheer on their favorite clubs’ future stars. The first match pitted Kashiwa Reysol against defending champions Re

 
January 27, 2018

A pair of thrilling matches provided an exciting conclusion to the 2018 Al Kass International Cup quarterfinals, setting up a semi-final field with the potential for even more drama. Kashwia Reysol avenged their quarterfinal loss to Real Madrid a

 
January 27, 2018

Paris Saint-Germain made it to the semi-finals of Al Kass 2018, winning a penalty shootout against Aspire Football Dreams in a game that the French youngsters could easily have lost. Both sides had been quietly impressive in the group games, progr

 
January 27, 2018

Mark Tompkins Chris Makin – Al Kass Analyst In this match, we were looking at very well organized Japanese against a very technical Spaniards. There was some lovely sunshine on the pitch today; the conditions were perfect for football. Real Madr

 
January 27, 2018

Kashiwa Reysol delivered an outstanding display of fortitude and tactical brilliance to overcome strong favourites Real Madrid and advance to the Al Kass 2018 semifinals. Repeating a pattern established in their previous games, Reysol defended sto

 
January 26, 2018

The Italian Alessandro Altobelli played 17 years of professional football, most notably at Inter Milan, where he scored 128 goals and led the team to two Coppa Italia titles. He also scored a goal in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, which Italy won. Altobell

 
January 26, 2018

Jubilant fans filled the stands at Aspire Zone as the quarterfinals of the Al Kass International Cup got underway yesterday. The day saw phenomenal performances by Benfica and Espérance de Tunis, who both made it through to the semifinals. The Tu

 
January 26, 2018

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst There was a great shot by Tombari, early on in the match, for Aspire Academy; and Dhouibi had some strong headers in the game for Espérance. It had been a fairly even opening for both teams, 13 minutes into the

 
January 26, 2018

Aspire Academy suffered a narrow defeat by one goal to nil against Esperance Tunis, with the home side unable to break down stubborn opponents, despite playing the better football for the majority of the 90 minutes. Esperance had built their previ

 
January 26, 2018

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst Benfica was in their familiar white shirts today. There was a little bit of breeze blowing in the direction of the Portuguese players. Benfica took the lead, just 90 seconds into the game; it was De Oliveira, who

 
January 26, 2018

Two of world football’s most illustrious names fought out an engrossing last eight encounter on Friday afternoon, with Benfica cruising to a 6-0 victory against AC Milan. The Italians could consider themselves slightly fortunate to have made the

 
January 26, 2018

Though the quarterfinals don’t start until today at the 2018 Al Kass International Cup, the competitive spirit hadn’t dimmed during the consolation round at Aspire Zone yesterday. With the cup out of reach, the four teams used the opportunity to

 
 
 
January 25, 2018

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst There was some good footwork in midfield today, from both teams. Lougmani looked like he had a bit of a ‘pacing threat’ about him. First real chance of the match came eight minutes into the game – it was Kaa

 
January 25, 2018

Wydad produced an unlikely victory over Fenerbahce thanks to a dramatic sudden death penalty shootout, after the game had ended 1-1 in normal time. It was a match that the Turkish side had dominated, only to fall at the last. Indeed, when Fenerbah

 
January 25, 2018

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst It was a fantastic pitch here at Aspire Academy today, as always. Tottenham Hotspur players were in white shirts, and blue shorts; and the Guangzhou players were all in red. Robson of Spurs seemed very eager to g

 
January 25, 2018

Tottenham Hotspur eased to a straightforward 2-0 win against a feisty but limited Guangzhou Evergrande team, ending their debut Al Kass experience on a high note. For both sides, it was a case of what might have been. The previous evening, Guangzh

 
January 25, 2018

While the world’s top Under-17 players showcase their skills at the 2018 Al Kass International Cup, the next, younger generation of footballers was already thinking about their own time to shine. A contingent of young players from the Qatar Comm

 
January 24, 2018

Mark Tompkins– Al Kass Analyst There were some hefty challenges, from both sides, right from the beginning of the match. The Kashiwa players were trying to create some good openings, and Paris Saint-Germain was really good at defense. The Paris

 
January 24, 2018

Paris Saint-Germain and Kashiwa Reysol fought out a 1-1 draw in the final group game of Al Kass 2018. Both sides were already assured of reaching the knockout phase after each winning their opening games against Tottenham, to leave the London side wi

 
January 24, 2018

Chris Makin – Al Kass Analyst Aspire Academy was playing really well in the first half tonight. Bin Sabaa was taking his chances early on in the game; he had a great shot into the box, in less than two minutes, but it went sideways. The opening

 
January 24, 2018

Benfica produced a stunning second-half comeback against Aspire Academy on an evening of high drama at Al Kass 2018. Two goals down at the break, an inspired double substitution changed everything as the Portuguese scored five goals in a devastating

 
January 24, 2018

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst It was a fairly even opening for both teams in the first 11 minutes. AC Milan was all in white, and was kicking from a left to right direction in the first half. Barazzetta was playing really well in the beginning

 
January 24, 2018

Esperance Tunis proved their convincing opening victory over Wydad was no fluke, dominating AC Milan and roaring to a 2-0 victory, in so doing preserving their proud record of not conceding at Al Kass 2018. Regardless of the result, both sides wer

 
 
 
January 23, 2018

Alexandre Fressange, PSG, Forward: “We played a good game against Tottenham—it was a great opportunity for us to show our talent and our manner of playing. That's exactly what this tournament is about.” Dilan Markanday, Tottenham Hotsp

 
January 23, 2018

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst It was a cool evening in Doha tonight, with perfect conditions to play football. It was a wonderful start of the game, when Tottenham brought a goal in less than two minutes on a mistake by Curtis. Paris Saint-Ger

 
January 23, 2018

The third game of Day 3 at Al Kass 2018 was also the most eagerly anticipated. Paris Saint-Germain – ever-present at all seven editions of the tournament, and victors in 2015 – matched up against Al Kass debutants Tottenham Hotspur. Ultimatel

 
January 23, 2018

Chris Makin – Al Kass Analyst Aspire Football Dreams were showing some direct approach in the beginning of the first half, and Real Madrid was really good at defending. Both teams were showing some good pressure right from the start. There was

 
January 23, 2018

Aspire Football Dreams and Real Madrid fought out a gritty 1-1 draw in Match 8 of Al Kass 2018. With qualification virtually assured for both sides, the game nonetheless presented a valuable opportunity to assess progress against accomplished opposit

 
January 23, 2018

Nadir Lougmani, Wydad AC, forward: "From the start of the match, we played our style and we played a very strong game despite playing against one of the strongest teams in the world. Overall, competing in this tournament has been a wonderful expe

 
January 23, 2018

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst It was bright and sunny, when the Italian team came against the Moroccans on the field today. The wind had switched directions - opposite to the direction it had been blowing the last few days - and was behind AC

 
January 23, 2018

AC Milan secured a narrow one-goal victory over Wydad, despite dominating the match from start to finish. The Moroccans had goalkeeper Taha Mourid to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable, although it was his error that allowed the Italians to

 
 
January 22, 2018

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst It had been fairly even for the first 10 minutes, when Kashiwa got their first free kick. Both teams were passing the ball around a lot tonight, and they were not giving in to each other at all. Kashiwa missed a g

 
January 22, 2018

Kashiwa Reysol conjured an incredible 3-2 victory against a superb Tottenham side in a pulsating final game of Al Kass Day Two. Kashiwa are now veterans of the International Cup and, at each edition in which they have appeared, they have impressed

 
January 22, 2018

Chris Makins – Al Kass Analyst Aspire Academy was completely in possession of the ball in the first few minutes, and they were giving away a lot of chances. Guangzhou’s first goal of the tournament came in 22 minutes into the game, as Kaiyuan

 
January 22, 2018

Aspire Academy delivered a composed performance in their opener at Al Kass 2018, drawing 1-1 against a rejuvenated Guangzhou Evergrande side, who showed few aftereffects following their 4-0 reverse to Benfica the previous evening. Aspire started b

 
January 22, 2018

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst The first corner of the game went to Aspire Football Dreams. After a few minutes into the game it was starting to look a bit even for both teams. Nuhu missed an excellent chance to bring a goal earlier in the game

 
January 22, 2018

Aspire Football Dreams made a comfortable debut at Al Kass 2018, running out 2-0 winners against Fenerbahce of Turkey. The scoreline did not flatter AFD, who controlled proceedings throughout and could have won by a far greater margin. The teams a

 
January 21, 2018

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst The wind seemed to have dropped a little bit at the start of the third game tonight. We could really see some theatrical moves from both teams during the first few minutes into the game, and it really looked like

 
January 21, 2018

The final game of Day One at Al Kass delivered a hotly contested ‘North African derby’ in which Esperance Tunis prevailed by three goals to nil over Wydad, their Moroccan rivals. Esperance were welcomed onto the pitch by a vocal support, who s

 
January 21, 2018

Chris Makins– Al Kass Analyst It was a great play from both teams in the first half of the game. On one hand, Guangzhou were trying to make it difficult for Benfica to get to their target, and on the other hand, the Benfica team was well organiz

 
January 21, 2018

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst It was a breezy day, and it started out with a bit of a heated play right in the beginning. Abdulcebrail got the honor to score the first goal in this season’s competition after Adrian gave away the opportunity.

 
January 21, 2018

The second game of Al Kass 2018 saw Benfica run out comfortable 4-0 victors against Guangzhou Evergrande, who could nonetheless be proud of their determined defensive display. The pattern that the match would follow was quickly established, with

 
January 21, 2018

Before a capacity crowd including Qatari Ministers, VIPs, dignitaries and hundreds of excited fans, Real Madrid and Fenerbahçe got the seventh Al Kass International Cup underway in thrilling fashion, with the young Spaniards cruising to a 6-2 victor

 
January 21, 2018

Football stars of tomorrow will today come together to show off their sporting skills as the seventh Al Kass International Cup gets underway at Aspire Zone. The annual tournament brings together 12 top Under-17 (U17) teams from around the world for t

 
January 31, 2017

Aspire had gone from strength to strength during Al Kass 2017. As the only team with a 100 percent win record, their flawless journey to the final had seen them conquer some of world football’s biggest names. However, with Real Madrid standing in

 
January 31, 2017

Real Madrid finally solved the mystery of the Al Kass International Cup final, winning their first tournament title in three trips to the last round, 2-0, over Aspire Academy last night at Aspire Zone. It was a landmark night for football in Qatar

 
January 31, 2017

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst It was really impressive to watch Aspire Academy come out against Real Madrid today. It was great to see them at the forefront; they had never reached this stage before. Nine blue shirts were constantly up on

 
January 31, 2017

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst Eintracht Frankfurt were facing a real uphill climb today, and it was only 25 minutes into the match! It was a fine goal by Aganovic, in the first five minutes. After that goal, there was more response from Eint

 
January 31, 2017

Red Bull Salzburg swept Eintracht Frankfurt aside in devastating fashion with a four-goal first half blitz that left the young Germans reeling and unable to counter. Based on their opening tournament performances, many seasoned Al Kass watchers ha

 
January 30, 2017

Kashiwa Reysol once again demonstrated their unmatched powers of recovery to come from behind and beat Paris Saint-Germain by two goals to one in an entertaining fifth place play-off. With both Reysol and PSG providing some of the tournament’s m

 
January 30, 2017

PSV Eindhoven saw off Esperance De Tunis following an entertaining penalty shootout, despite having been second best for much of the 90 minutes. Both PSV and Tunis had fallen short in their first play-off games, losing to Kashiwa Reysol and PSG re

 
January 30, 2017

Mark Tompkins – Al Kass Analyst It was quite a strong breeze blowing on the field today. Espérance managed to get their first ball into the box in the first 10 minutes. It was a slow-motion goal by Oussama Gurbouj; he managed to get the ball ac

 
January 30, 2017

For Aspire, it’s Home Sweet Home This is the sixth year the Al Kass International Cup has invaded the pitches at Aspire Academy, and every time a visiting team has raised the championship cup at the end of the tournament. That could all change i

 
January 30, 2017

Aspire Academy produced their finest performance in Al Kass’ history to come from behind and defeat Red Bull Salzburg by two goals to one in a dramatic semi-final that lit up the Aspire Zone. Red Bull had deployed Aminu Mohamed, hero of their 3