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City's links with Brazil Football Giants continues

15 July 2015

Fluminense Under-19's are the star attraction next Monday evening

Thanks to Match Sponsors Paramount Personnel, Underwoods Solicitors, Exeter College, Marsh KIA, Cross Deck, Bicton College and Lloyds Kitchen, ‘The Grecians’ will be making even more history on Monday 20th July when they host the Brazilian stars of the future as Fluminense’s multi-talented U-19 side visit St James Park, kick off 7.30pm.

Last July, Exeter City played at the historic Laranjeiras Stadium,  the legendary home of Fluminense, celebrating the 100 year anniversary of them becoming the first team to play Brazil. That unique hand of friendship is once again being extended and now expanded into the beginning of the next 100 years of history.

With a number of the team having already played for Fluminense’s senior side in the Brazilian Premiership, currently sitting second in the league and with Ronaldinho now in their ranks, the squad are on their way to play in an annual  tournament staged in the Czech Republic and will be playing there against the likes of Everton and a number of top German and Italian clubs . The Fluminense U-19 squad is considered the jewel in the crown of the Rio powerhouse, which invests heavily in its youth academy and selects its players from over 9000 trialists per season. The list of star names that have graduated into international stardom via this age group is too long to be listed here but already some of this team have  been linked with moves to major European clubs including Manchester United.

If you want to see how talented these young players are, make sure you get to St James Park on the night – ticket details are on our website - and it could be the night you can say you saw the next Pele, Garrinchia, Jairzenho, Gerson, Socrates, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho or Neymar! Make no mistake, as the Grecians found out last July in Rio, Fluminense’s young players are a very talented bunch and will be strong opposition as their players battle to become the next  names to move into the Fluminense senior squad and add full international honours to the many international appearances they have at ‘age group’ levels.

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