Academy Dubai in Naoned Cup
This five-a-side tournament was organised by Sporting Club de Nantes, and brought together 48 clubs and some 385 children. The 9 youngsters from the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Dubai, who left home on 8 June and arrived in France at midday on 9 June, took some time to settle into their new surroundings after their long plane trip.
Come Saturday morning, the 48 teams started the tournament at the Stade Marcel Saupin, the pitch where FC Nantes' U17 and U19 teams usually play. Each team was able to play the first of seven group matches in the hope of reaching the competition's knockout stages. After an eighth game, the U9 side finished in a very creditable 23rd place in a competition that featured many teams from professional French clubs.