Granatkin Memorial

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Granatkin Memorial
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Founded1981
RegionInternational
Number of teams12 (2019)
Current champions Argentina (1st title)
Most successful club(s) Russia (20 titles)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Granatkin Memorial (Russian: Мемориал Гранаткина) is a youth association football tournament which traditionally features invited national teams composed of U-17/U-18/U-19 players.[1] The tournament is held in Saint Petersburg since 2006 (previously in Moscow and Leningrad / Saint Petersburg), and since 2017 the final is held in summer (previously indoors in winter).

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.[2]

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.[3] 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 is noted as a place of discoveries. Memorial is a first loud word from the future stars of world football – Andreas Moeller, Tony Meola, Oliver Bierhoff, Carsten Jancker, Marcel Desailly, Igor Kolyvanov, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Alexandr Mostovoi — many used to participate in the tournament.

Results[edit]

Edition Year Winner Runner up 3rd places
1
1981  West Germany  Soviet Union-1  Spain
2
1982  Soviet Union-1  Brazil  Soviet Union-2
3
1983  Soviet Union-1  France  Czechoslovakia
4
1984  West Germany  Soviet Union-1  Belgium
5
1985  Soviet Union-1  France  Soviet Union-2
6
1986  Soviet Union-1  West Germany  France
7
1987  Soviet Union-1  Soviet Union-2  France
8
1988  Soviet Union-1  China PR  Soviet Union-2
9
1989  Soviet Union-1  Belgium  Soviet Union-2
10
1990  Soviet Union-1  China PR  West Germany
11
1991  Soviet Union-2  Soviet Union-1  China PR
12
1992  West Germany  CIS-1  China PR
13
2001  Russia  China PR  Iran
14
2002  Russia  Lithuania  Ukraine
15
2003  South Korea  China PR  Belarus
16
2004  Russia  Poland  Belarus
17
2005  Russia  Ukraine  Belarus
18
2006  Germany  Slovakia  Russia
19
2007  Belarus  Turkey  Russia
20
2008  Russia  Belarus  Ukraine
21
2009  Russia  Turkey  Ukraine
22
2010  Russia  Ukraine  Turkey
23
2011  Finland  China PR  Ukraine
24
2012  Italy  Finland  Turkey
25
2013  Russia  Saint Petersburg  Ukraine
26
2014  Japan  Russia  Slovakia
27
2015  Russia  South Korea  Slovenia
28
2016  Slovenia  Saint Petersburg  Russia
29
2017  Russia  Kazakhstan  Saint Petersburg
30
2018  Saint Petersburg  Turkey  Russia
31
2019  Argentina  Russia  Turkey
2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia
32
2021

Statistics[edit]

Performances by countries[edit]

In total, eight countries celebrated the victory in the tournament. Young players from 22 countries finished in top 3. The most titled is team USSR / Russia with 20 wins. Young talents from Germany won gold medals four times. The third in the list of successful teams is Belarus (1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals). In terms of the number of medals, the leaders are: USSR / Russia (38 medals), China and Ukraine (7 medals each).

Team Titles Runners-up Third place
 Russia
(including USSR, CIS and Saint Petersburg XI)
20 9 9
 Germany
(including West Germany)
4 (1981, 1984, 1992, 2006) 1 (1986) 1 (1990)
 Belarus 1 (2007) 1 (2008) 3 (2003, 2004, 2005)
 Finland 1 (2011) 1 (2012)
 South Korea 1 (2003) 1 (2015)
 Slovenia 1 (2016) 1 (2015)
 Italy 1 (2012)
 Japan 1 (2014)
 Argentina 1 (2019)
 China PR 5 (1988, 1990, 2001, 2003, 2011) 2 (1991, 1992)
 Turkey 3 (2007, 2009, 2018) 3 (2010, 2012, 2019)
 Ukraine 2 (2005, 2010) 5 (2002, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013)
 France 2 (1983, 1985) 2 (1986, 1987)
 Belgium 1 (1989) 1 (1984)
 Slovakia 1 (2006) 1 (2014)
 Brazil 1 (1982)
 Lithuania 1 (2002)
 Poland 1 (2004)
 Kazakhstan 1 (2017)
 Spain 1 (1981)
 Czech Republic
(including Czechoslovakia)
1 (1983)
 Iran 1 (2001)

Performances by confederations[edit]

Confederation Titles Runners-up
UEFA 28 (1981–2002, 2004–2013, 2015–2018) 24 (1981, 1983–1987, 1989, 1991–1992, 2002, 2004–2010, 2012–2014, 2016–2019)
AFC 2 (2003, 2014) 5 (1988, 1990, 2001, 2003, 2011)
CONMEBOL 1 (2019) 1 (1982)
CAF
CONCACAF

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Valentin A.Granatkin Memorial - International Youth Tournament. rsssf.com
  2. ^ "Биография Гранаткина на сайте турнира, посвящённого его памяти". Archived from the original on 2013-01-06. Retrieved 2016-09-07.
  3. ^ "История Мемориала Валентина Гранаткина". Archived from the original on 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2016-09-07.

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