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Sunday, 26 May 2019

Chelsea FC wins 4th edition KDB Cup

Chelsea FC is the big winner of the 4th edition of the KDB Cup, the international U15 tournament named after Kevin De Bruyne. A beautiful field of participants (including FC Barcelona, ​​Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and of course Manchester City) and notable guests such as Kevin De Bruyne himself, Tessa Wullaert and national coach Roberto Martínez attracted a new record number of 10.000 football fans to Drongen.

In a fiercely fought final, Racing Genk turned a 1-0 deficit into a 1-2 lead before the break. Chelsea came alongside the second half with a penalty goal. That tie remained on the scoreboard until the end. Chelsea took the lead in the penalty series.

Frank O’Brien, Player Development Officer at Chelsea, was particularly enthusiastic afterwards. “The experience of being able to play against teams such as PSG, PSV, Anderlecht and Bayern Munich is invaluable for our boys. They are eager to go into Europe to compete against those "magic names," especially during a very well-organized tournament like this. It is fantastic that we are now on the honors list here."

Final ranking KDB Cup 2019:

1 Chelsea FC
2 Racing Genk
3 Feyenoord Rotterdam
4 PSV Eindhoven
5 FC Barcelona
6 Bayern Munich
7 Odense BK
8 RSC Anderlecht
9 Paris Saint-Germain
10 Club Brugge
11 Manchester City
12 KAA Ghent

Chelsea's Charlie Webster best player of the tournament
Charlie Webster, the graceful central midfielder of Chelsea, was voted best player of the tournament. Josh Clarke, even from Chelsea, was the best goalkeeper. Angel Alarcón of FC Barcelona crowned top scorer with 4 goals in 5 matches. Finally, Feyenoord Rotterdam won the fair play trophy.

Kevin De Bruyne: "Perfect organization ensures a very good reputation"
On Saturday Kevin De Bruyne himself came to "his" tournament. He was (again) delighted about the organization and the talent he saw at work. “I always enjoy coming back to the place where my football career started. It's great to see those young guests at work here. The KDB Cup has gained a very good reputation in the international football world in a short time. I am happy to lend my name to the tournament. If the organization were not perfect, then all those top teams would not go to Drongen."

Red Flame Tessa Wullaert also came to Drongen. The two-time Golden Shoe joined De Bruyne at Manchester City last season and immediately took the FA Cup. She was happy to make time for an extensive photo and signature session with the fans.

National coach Roberto Martínez came to the KDB Cup for the first time, both on Saturday and on Sunday. “This is really a tournament that Belgium can be proud of: perfectly organized down to the details, from the care for the experience by the fans to the state of the grass. For me personally it is a unique opportunity to see young Belgian talent at work against peers from abroad and to be able to compare. But especially for the players themselves, tasting such an intense experience is particularly instructive. An excellent case for the future of our football."

Also G-football at the KDB Cup: "Heart-warming passion"
Just like Kevin itself, the KDB Cup also has a big heart for athletes with a disability. That is why G-football demonstration matches were again organized on Saturday afternoon. "With the KDB Cup, the experience always comes first, both on and off the pitch", says KDB Cup President Paul Naudts. "That is why we also give children and adults with disabilities the chance to shine during our tournament. The passion with which they play football is heart-warming."

Former judoka Gella Vandecaveye, who is a meter of G-Marke, and Miss België 2019 Elena Castro Suarez: they came along on Saturday to kick off the match between G- football Marke and G-Jago Sint-Amandsberg. G-Cercle Brugge played against G-Ajax Amsterdam.

Paul Naudts: "Top weekend worthy of the name Kevin De Bruyne"
Of course the organizers of the KDB Cup were again very satisfied with the past edition. "It was a fantastic weekend, with top-class youth football worthy of the name Kevin De Bruyne", said chairman Paul Naudts. "I thank our 300 volunteers ; I thank all our sponsors, in particular our new main sponsor Rock Nation Sports; and I especially thank our more than 10,000 visitors. See you all next year!”

The fifth edition of the KDB Cup will be a special edition during the Whitsun weekend of 30 and 31 May 2020.