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Bayern, Porto and Arsenal await U23s!

Premier League International Cup pits Under-23s against three European giants!

4 August 2017

The Royals have been grouped with three European giants in this season's Premier League International Cup!

Our Under-23s will face Arsenal, defending champions Porto and the might of Bayern Munich in 2017-18 as our young players prepare to enter the tournament for a second successive season.

The competition will begin with a meeting between two returning clubs, as Tottenham Hotspur host West Ham United on Thursday 31st August.

Reading begin their Group E campaign with a game against last season's cup-winners, Porto, on Friday 22nd September at 7pm, venue TBC.

Both Arsenal and Bayern are new to the competition, but will undoubtedly provide stern opposition for our Category One Academy stars this season!

Reading will travel to Boreham Wood for a fixture against the Gunners at the end of November, before hosting the Bundesliga title-winners at Adams Park on Friday 8th December!

The International Cup consists of 12 Premier League 2 teams and 12 Under-23 sides from elite Academies across Europe, split into six groups of four.

The six group winners and the two best runners-up qualify for the quarter-finals. All knockout ties are one-off matches. 

Premier League International Cup Groups 2017-18

Group A: Sparta Prague, Liverpool, Newcastle United, PSV Eindhoven
Group B: Hertha Berlin, Legia Warsaw, Leicester City, Sunderland
Group C: Derby County, Dinamo Zagreb, Everton, Wolfsburg
Group D: Athletic Club Bilbao, Celtic, Manchester United, Swansea City
Group E: Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Porto, Reading
Group F: Benfica, Tottenham Hotspur, Villarreal, West Ham United

Our fixtures

- Reading vs Porto, Friday 22nd September, 7pm, venue TBC
- Arsenal vs Reading, Thursday 30th November, 7pm, Boreham Wood FC
- Reading vs Bayern Munich, Friday 8th December, 7pm, Adams Park

Last season, the Royals took on Everton, Atletic Bilbao and Hertha Berlin in the competition but the adventure ended at the group stage in 2016-17.

However, this season's competition will be another opportunity for our young players to gain invaluable experience against some of the best players in their age categories across Europe!

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