- BSC Young Boys win inaugural women’s title
- Swiss side defeated Valencia CF 1-0 in the final
- Ilona Guede Redondo voted player of the tournament
WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT REVIEW – The first-ever women’s tournament at the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup certainly had a worthy winner! BSC Young Boys emerged victorious after a tense final, defeating Spanish club Valencia CF 1-0. Striker Ilona Guede Redondo scored the winning goal after bagging a brace in the semi-final, meaning that she was responsible for three of her team’s five goals in Buchlern. And at the end of the two-day competition, she was fittingly chosen as player of the tournament.
The team from the Swiss capital built their success from the back, not conceding a goal in four matches. They came through Group A in second place, thanks to goalless draws against Inter Milan and Grasshoppers before clocking up a 4-0 win in the semi-finals over FC Zurich, who had cruised through their opening two group matches, scoring nine goals and conceding just one.
Hosts FC Blue Stars, unfortunately, managed no goals and no points after suffering defeats to both Zurich and Valencia in Group A. Curiously, there were no fewer than 12 goals scored in the three Group A games, while in Group B, the fans only had one goal to cheer. Claudia Budimir gave Grasshoppers a 1-0 victory over Inter Milan, securing top spot for her team in the process.
FC Zurich 0-4 BSC Young Boys
Grasshoppers Club 0-1 Valencia CF
Match for 5th place
FC Blue Stars 0-5 Inter Milan
Match for 3rd place
FC Zurich 1-0 Grasshopper Club
BSC Young Boys 1-0 Valencia CF
What they said
“It is unbelievable! The whole team couldn’t imagine after yesterday to win today. But we woke up in the morning and we said ‘we will win this competition’. And in the end, we did it! We came with our whole strong will to the tournament and it happened in the end.”
Alana Burkhart, BSC Young Boys
Women’s overall standings
Winners: BSC Young Boys
2nd place: Valencia CF
3rd place: Grasshopper Club
4th place: FC Zurich
5th place: Inter Milan
6th place: FC Blue Stars
adidas Golden Ball: Ilona Guede Redondo (BSC Young Boys)
adidas Golden Glove: Enith Salon Marcuello (Valencia CF)
FIFA Fair Play Award: Valencia CF
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.