Four of the World’s Top Clubs To Participate in Dr Pepper Dallas Cup
Gordon Jago Super Group features seven teams from five countries and three continents.
DALLAS – We are delighted to announce that two of Dr Pepper Dallas Cup’s perennial contenders, Liga MX side Tigres UANL and the German Bundesliga’s Eintracht Frankfurt will once again return for Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXIV. In addition, Danish Superliga Club, Aalborg BK will participate for the first time in 12 years, while Liga Mexicana’s Club America will do so for the first time in 13 years.
The Tigres UANL senior team captured the 2011 Mexican Apertura Championship. Starting in 2000, the Monterrey-based club has won nine Dallas Cup championships across five age divisions including the 2003 Super Group Champions and 2011 Super Group Co-Champions. Tigres Fuerzas Basicas fields nine youth teams, starting at the U11 level. It is a host club of both U.S. and Mexican Youth National Team players. Visit www.tigres.com.mx for the latest news.
Gordon Jago Super Group Co-Champions in 2011, Eintracht Frankfurt has attended Dr Pepper Dallas Cup nine out of the last 10 years. Eintracht Frankfurt’s U15 squads have reached the championship game in two of the last three years, winning the Championship in 2010. Eintracht Frankfurt is a multi-sports club hosting 16 different sports. The Eintracht Frankfurt basketball club was the youth club of Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki. Visit www.eintracht.de for the latest news.
Aalborg Boldspilklub was founded in 1902 and been a part of the current Danish 1st division since 1991. They’ve won the Danish Superliga three times, most recently in 2008, and reached the UEFA Champions League group stage on two occasions. Aalborg marks the first Danish club to join the Gordon Jago Super Group since 2000. Visit www.aabsport.dk for the latest news.
Club América is one of the most successful clubs in Mexico, with 14 league championships. The Club América Sub-20 squad has won the last three league titles. Nicknamed "Las Aguilas" (in English, “the Eagles”), Club America plays their home games at the famous Estadio Azteca. Visit www.clubamerica.com.mx for the latest news Club América Sub-20 Squad joins Fulham FC (England), Fluminense (Brazil); Coritiba FC (Brazil), Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany); Aalborg BK (Denmark) and Tigres UANL (Mexico) in the Gordon Jago Super Group, with more announcements to come.
“We are thrilled that Club America has accepted our invitation to participate in the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup,” said Dallas Cup Executive Director Andy Swift. “With one of the biggest fan bases in all of North, Central, and South America, Las Aguilas’ participation in the Gordon Jago Super Group will add another level of passion and excitement to the tournament.” Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, celebrating its 34th year in 2013, is considered one of the most prestigious international youth tournaments in the world. Dallas Cup contains seven age groups, from the U13 to U19 level, and entertains on average more than 160,000 spectators during the week. Since its inception in 1980, Dallas Cup has played host to teams and referees from over 45 states, 100 countries and 6 continents.
This year’s Gordon Jago Super Group games will have a new home, the historic Cotton Bowl at Fair Park in Dallas.
The move aligns with efforts the new nonprofit organization, Heart of Dallas, is making to stage must-see sports and entertainment events that will inspire the next generation of Dallas influencers and philanthropists. Proceeds from the events will benefit Dallas charities. Following the Jan. 1, 2013, Heart of Dallas Bowl presented by PlainsCapital Bank, the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup will be the second sporting event tied to Heart of Dallas’ year-round calendar of events.
Beginning in 2013, the Cotton Bowl will host select matches of the elite Gordon Jago Super Group, which feature a selection of 12 U19 teams.
“The Cotton Bowl played a pivotal role in the establishment and renaissance of professional soccer in this region, and we are very pleased with the opportunity to contribute to its heritage by bringing in world-class youth soccer,” said Gordon Jago, former executive director and tournament ambassador for the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup. “It will be very exciting for youth players from around the world to play on the same field that hosted some of the best and most exciting matches of the 1994 FIFA World Cup.”
All other tournament games will be held on soccer fields at Richland College and the University of Texas at Dallas.
"We're excited to return the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup to our city and historic Fair Park," said Phillip Jones, president and CEO of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. "With its more than $12.6 million economic impact, the Dallas Cup will be one of the largest annual sporting events held in Dallas."
Dallas Cup tournament matches had been held primarily at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco since 2006.
Jago said that the tournament's long-standing relationship with FC Dallas will continue to be an important part of the Dallas Cup's future.
"I would like to thank the Hunt Family, FC Dallas and FC Dallas Stadium for their years of unwavering support for the Dallas Cup and growth of soccer in this region," said Jago. "We look forward to working together for many years to come."
Another relationship that will continue beyond the venue change is Dr Pepper’s title sponsorship of the Dallas Cup, according to Jim Trebilcock, executive vice president of marketing for Dr Pepper Snapple Group.
“Since signing on as title sponsor of the Dallas Cup in 2006, we’ve been very pleased with the growth of the tournament both in prestige and attendance,” said Trebilcock. “Moving the marquee games to the Cotton Bowl provides a great opportunity to build on those successes, and we are proud to continue as title sponsor and be a part of the continued growth of this great event.”
Visit www.dallascup.com for the latest news.
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