Bitzer, the specialist in refrigeration compressors, was the main sponsor of this year’s under-17 football tournament in Rottenburg-Ergenzingen, which took place over the Pentecost weekend.
Over the course of three days from 3–5 June, eight teams from five European countries competed for the coveted Bitzer Cup. FC Red Bull Salzburg eventually saw off RCD Espanyol de Barcelona with 1:0 in the final.
The tournament has developed into a fixture in the football calendar, yet it also celebrated some firsts this year. With the exception of the host team TuS Ergenzingen, B-junior teams – corresponding to the under-17 age group – went head to head for the first time. The organisers of the tournament succeeded in attracting some outstanding teams from this age group to the Bitzer Cup. All teams taking part in the event play in the highest junior leagues in their respective countries, with most of them among the top teams in their country. 28 players who represent their junior national teams competed in the tournament.