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Qatar’s promising footballers showcased their skills and impressed at the Aspire Tri-Series also featuring elite teams from Europe.

DOHA: Young Qatari footballers gave a spirited show against elite European opposition at Aspire Tri-Series tournament.
Aspire Academy’s youth football Tri-Series came to a thrilling conclusion as the Academy’s U-16 and U-17 teams pitched themselves against elite European and South American opposition.
Though the Academy students were unable to defeat their international counterparts, the players produced impressive performances against Brazilian U-17 side Palmeiras and Denmark’s U-16 national football team that suggested huge progress has been made this past season.
Since it began in September last year, the Tri-Series tournament has pitted some of the world’s strongest young teams against the Qatari student-athletes currently enrolled at Aspire Academy.
Over the past ten days the sixth Tri-Series tournament, featuring 15 highly competitive matches, has taken place.
With the edition split into five age groups, last week saw the U-15, U-14 and U-13 Aspire Academy teams compete against youth sides from AS Monaco, Club Brugge and VfBStuggart. Meanwhile, as part of the same edition, this week has seen Aspire Academy’s U-16 and U-17 teams face their counterparts from the Denmark national team and Brazilian side Palmeiras.
The final tournament matches offered plenty of goals and drama for the enthusiastic supporters in the stands. Aspire Academy’s U-16 team made their local fans proud with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Palmeiras’ U-16s.
However, a tough final day of games meant that the Qatari youngsters could not finish the Tri-Series season with a victory. The Academy’s U-16 team succumbed to a 0-1 loss to Denmark’s u-16 national side, while the U-17s were defeated 0-4 by Palmeiras.   
Commenting on the overall high standard of football during the Tri-Series, Roberto Olabe, Aspire Academy Football Director, said, “It has been hugely satisfying to watch our performances improve steadily during the course of the tournament,” he said.
“Playing against such opposition in competitive circumstances will only benefit our young players .”  Ivan Bravo, Director General of the academy said the event was a golden chance for future players to ,familarise with Qatar’s football environment. The PENINSULA