Granatkin Memorial

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Granatkin Memorial
Founded 1981
Number of teams 16 (2013–14)
Current champions  Japan (1st title)
Most successful club(s)  Soviet Union (10 titles)
Website Granatkin

The Granatkin Memorial (Russian: Мемориал Гранаткина) is a youth association football tournament which traditionally features invited national teams composed of U-17/U-18[1]/U-19 players.

Tournament history[edit]

In 1981 in Moscow started the first Granatkin Memorial – the International youth football tournament initiated by the FIFA President Joao Havelange to perpetuate the memory of the FIFA First Vice-President Valentin Granatkin.

The tournament attracted the attention of both professionals and football fans. The matches of the Memorial were attended by the President of the International Olympic Committee Juan Antonio Samaranch. The prize to the winners was presented by Granatkin’s daughter Marina Valentinovna.

In 1981 and 1982 the tournament was held in Moscow. Since 1983 Leningrad became the Memorial residence. Till 1992 in twelve tournaments have taken part combined teams from 16 countries.

The second period of the Memorial started in the year 2001. Since that time the scheme of the competition radically changed. The number of the participants increased to 8 combined teams, which are divided into two groups. Every group plays round robin. When in play-off teams contest the places from 1 to 8.

Granatkin tournament always was a place of discoveries. Memorial was a first loud word from the future stars of world football – Andreas Moeller, Oliver Bierhoff, Carsten Jancker, Marcel Desailly, Igor Kolyvanov and Alexandr Mostovoi.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Runner up 3rd places
1981  West Germany  Soviet Union-1  Spain
1982  Soviet Union-1  Brazil  Soviet Union-2
1983  Soviet Union-1  France  Czechoslovakia
1984  Soviet Union-1  Soviet Union-1  Belgium
1985  Soviet Union-1  France  Soviet Union-2
1986  Soviet Union-1  West Germany  France
1987  Soviet Union-1  Soviet Union-2  France
1988  Soviet Union-1  China PR  Soviet Union-2
1989  Soviet Union-1  Belgium  Soviet Union-2
1990  Soviet Union-1  China PR  West Germany
1991  Soviet Union-2  Soviet Union-1  China PR
1992  West Germany  CIS-1  China PR
2001  Russia  China PR  Iran
2002  Russia  Lithuania  Ukraine
2003  South Korea  China PR  Belarus
2004  Russia  Poland  Belarus
2005  Russia  Ukraine  Belarus
2006  Germany  Slovakia  Russia
2007  Belarus  Turkey  Russia
2008  Russia  Belarus  Ukraine
2009  Russia  Turkey  Ukraine
2010  Russia  Ukraine  Turkey
2011  Finland  China PR  Ukraine
2012  Italy  Finland  Turkey
2013  Russia  Saint Petersburg  Ukraine
2014  Japan  Russia  Slovakia

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