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Exeter City - the best team in Northern Europe

20 June 2017

Exeter City's Norwegian Supporters' Club might not be the biggest supporters' club in northern Europe, but few are better when it comes to playing football.

Every year there is a big cup competition in Norway, where up to 40 supporters' clubs for British teams compete. The senior Grecians have traditionally done very well, winning the tournament twice (1994 and 2005).

However, as this generation hang up their boots, our hopes are with the young Norwegian Grecians. Last year they got to the 'junior final', but lost – this year they did one better.

The boys, 12 and 13 yearolds from Oslo, Bergen and Grimstad, had a massive tournament, winning all their six games, easing through the groups stages after beating West Ham 5-0, Arsenal 3-1, Spurs 6-0, Liverpool 3-0 and Ipswich 7-0.

In the final they were up against last season's winners, a very good Liverpool side. A fierce, competitive, end to end game was tight, but Exeter's young boys kept fighting and played some lovely football, and were rewarded for their efforts.

Five minutes before the final whistle, a long throw in ended up in front of the Liverpool goal. Mats Hope rose like  Steve Flack and headed in the only goal of the game – to ecstatic jubilations from nearly 50 Exeter supporters on the sidelines.  

It was a fantastic team effort by the young boys, where everyone contributed well. All the outfield players managed to score, midfielder Anders Granaas Vold being the top goal scorer with nine goals, while goalkeeper Fadel Al-Barkat was voted man of the match in the final.

Exeter's manager Marius G. Vik was 'happy as Larry' after the victory. He said "What a brilliant bunch of Exeter kids. They played some really attractive, passing football, and were by far the best team in the competition.

"In addition, they really got stuck in when the final hardened and they had to showed some muscles. I am so proud of the boys."

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