ALFAZ’S Cadetes junior football team are already in training for this year’s Norway Cup next summer.
The Norway Cup is the world’s largest youth football tournament, a six-day festival for players aged between 10 and 19 that has been held annually in Oslo since 1972. Last year’s Alfaz team did very well in the tournament, winning five matches until they were finally defeated in the sixth during extra time with a last-minute penalty from their opponents.
Each year Alfaz’s sizeable Norwegian community raises money to ensure that the municipality’s junior team can take part. When one of them, Tormod Seljevoll, celebrated his 80th birthday he told his friends and family that instead of presents he would prefer cash that he could donate to the Alfaz club. Tormod raised a grand total of €2,400 that he presented to the club earlier this month at Alfaz’s Polideportivo sports stadium.
In return, the grateful players presented him with a photograph of the team that will be competing in Oslo this year, as well as a club shirt printed with his name and the number 80 in honour of his birthday. The Alfaz team, composed of residents of all nationalities who were born in 2004, play in the Primera Regional division where they are currently the leaders. They have won all 12 of their official matches so far this season and are likely to go up to the Preferente division.