The 20th Pape Cup tournament in Germany was an event to remember for Liverpool’s under-15s, as they won the prestigious tournament in a thrilling final against Schalke. After winning their group and defeating Arsenal in the quarter-finals and Hannover in the semi-finals, the Reds held on for a 4-2 victory in the final, with You Will Never Walk Alone ringing out from the sidelines. The win was made all the more special as the tournament is held in honor of Mathias Pape, a former player and coach, and has been competed in by the likes of Toni Kroos, Marco Reus and Jerome Boateng. Liverpool’s youngsters will no doubt take away memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.
In a weekend that saw Liverpool winless at various levels, the under-15s bucked that trend with a win Pape Cup in Germany.
It was just a weekend that could have been written off for the club following defeats for the men’s, women’s and national under-21s, but the tournament in Germany gave the under-15s plenty to cheer about.
The Reds were one of 20 teams competing last weekend in the Pape Cup, the U15 indoor championship held in honor of Mathias Pape, a former player and coach.
Tottenham and Arsenal were represented at the tournament, as were Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Schalke, the latter of whom Liverpool met in Sunday’s final.
Liverpool reached the final by finishing second in their group and beat Arsenal 2-0 in the quarter-finals before beating Hannover 5-3 in the semi-finals.
Then Schalke was waiting in the last game of the 20th papier cup, where Liverpool held on for a 4-2 win and the crown.
Herzlichen Glückwunsch an den @LFC zum Sieg des #PapeCup 2023
Congratulations for @LFC for winning the #PapeCup 2023 pic.twitter.com/PTYzN815DS
— Section #TWFCM (@SektionTWFCM) January 15, 2023
The presentation of the trophy with You will never walk aloneaccompanying their moment in the spotlight as the memories and the underlying experience will live long in the memory of Liverpool’s youngsters.
The likes of Toni Kroos, Marco Reus and Jerome Boateng have played in the tournament before, as has Joel Matip, who was linked with Schalke as a youth player in 2005.