Article and images by Jonathan White
England is hosting the U17s International Youth Tournament this month, featuring the Young Lions, Brazil, Russia and USA.
Nantwich Town FC hosted an international football match at their Weaver Stadium on Friday 12th October 2018, with Brazil vs Russia in a four team/six match U17s international tournament.
Despite wind and rain from Storm Callum, 530 people braved the elements to watch an entertaining tie with Brazil beating Russia, 2-1.
Brazil – wearing their iconic yellow, green and blue strip – scored both of their goals in the first half to win despite a late second half goal from Russia, who couldn’t force a draw.
Clinical finishing from Brazil was the difference between the sides in a match of skilful and attacking football with both teams being a credit to their respective nations.
The match was preceded by large Brazil and Russia flags displayed by Nantwich Town ballboys on the pitch, the playing of both national anthems and an exchange of pennants between the team captains.
Large flags were also prominently displayed in The Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Vans Stand.
Nantwich Town FC’s internet radio channel – Dabbers Radio – broadcast live commentary of the game around the world.
The victorious Brazil squad kindly stayed on the pitch after the match to sign autographs and to pose for selfies with the fans.
England kicked off their tournament on the same evening with the Young Lions beating the USA 3-1 at the Swansway Stadium in Chester.
As the top-ranked team in UEFA’s coefficient, England have received a bye into the elite qualifying round of the 2019 Euros, with those matches taking place in March.
Nantwich Town will host a second match in the tournament on Sunday 14th October (kick-off 5pm) with Brazil making a return visit to play the USA.
Tickets: adults £3, children £1 – payment at turnstile.
Nantwich Town FC’s Weaver Stadium is the only venue to host more than one match in the tournament.
The other remaining fixtures are:
– England vs Russia (kick-off 1pm, Sunday 14th October – Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium, Shrewsbury Town)
– England vs Brazil (kick-off 7pm, Tuesday 16th October – New Bucks Head Stadium, AFC Telford United)
– Russia vs USA (kick-off 7pm, Tuesday 16th October – Wincham Park, Witton Albion)