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As part of a successful summer of sport, an 18-strong squad of the School’s U16 footballers took to Gothenburg in Sweden for the Youth World Cup.
St John’s was one of 1754 teams taking part in the tournament between 13 and 18 July, and one of 157 sides in the U16 category. Despite a disappointing 3-1 opening result in the group stages against Eskilstuna City FK of Sweden, the boys bounced back to overcome Swedish side Tidaholms GIF with a 1-0 win. Another 1-0 victory against Rochester School from Columbia ensured a place for the School in the A team knockout competition of 64 teams, with the St John’s boys going into the knockout stage at the top of their group.
The squad faced Indonesian side Garuda Keadilan FC in the next round, and turned in their best performance of the tournament with a 3-0 triumph. A fifth match in four days against Swedish academy side Brage, IK proved one game too many, and St John’s finished their Gothia Cup campaign with a 0-4 loss.
Richard Jones, Head of Football at St John’s, said: “The squad of 18 are an absolute credit to the School. The achievement of winning the group and reaching the round of 32 in the A competition meant the trip was a success in every respect.”
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