The NextGen Series, the exciting European competition showcasing football’s finest young stars, has today confirmed that Olympiacos F.C. are the third new club to sign up to the tournament for the next three years.
Olympiacos follow Chelsea FC and PSG in signing up for next season’s NextGen Series as the competition expands from 16 to 24 clubs. The club are the first Greek side to compete in the Tournament and join some of Europe’s most elite teams, including Barcelona, Manchester City, Inter Milan and Liverpool.
The tournament has proven to be a huge success in its first year, providing Europe’s finest youth talent with a solid platform on which to hone their skills in a competitive international environment.
Commenting on Olympiacos’ participation in next season’s NextGen Series, Justin Andrews, the tournament’s co-founder said: “Olympiacos are the first Greek side to join the NextGen Series and we are delighted to welcome them to the competition. We are very excited to be taking NextGen into Greece and hope the club will benefit from their experiences with us.”
Olympiacos Managing Director, Ioannis Vrentzos, said: “We are delighted to be part of the next season of the NextGen Series, an elite tournament, which provides young footballers with the opportunity to showcase their talent and work towards first-team status. We know that the competition will be tough, as it includes some of Europe’s most distinguished clubs, but it will also be a challenge to see our youngsters in competitive action, pit against some of the finest talents of Europe.”
The winners of the inaugural NextGen Series were Internazionale Milano, beating AFC Ajax on penalties in the final played at London’s Leyton Orient on March 25th 2012.