Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup 2022 - Day 1

Review matchday 1: Swiss women’s clubs start strong, Mainz lead the pack

MATCHDAY REVIEW: Some 3,500 enthusiastic fans enjoyed sunny spring weather and a fascinating first day at the 82nd Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup™ in Zurich, with FC Zurich and YB-Frauen leading the pack on the women’s side and 1. FSV Mainz 05 for the men.
In Women Group A, FC Zurich were the dominant force, picking up a pair of wins over FC Basel and Spanish side Valencia CF. FC Basel currently sit bottom of the group with no points, while Valencia and VfL Wolfsburg have a win and a loss each and will face one another tomorrow in what is a virtual play-off for a semi-final spot.

There is a similar situation in Women Group B. BSC YB-Frauen are already through to the final four after their two wins on the first day, while Grasshopper Club Zurich can no longer hope to join them. FC Rosengård and Olympique Lyonnais Féminin are level on points and will fight it out for the remaining semi-final berth tomorrow.

Over on the men’s side, 1. FSV Mainz 05 won both of their Group A matches on the opening day and are through to the semis, with FC Zurich, just behind on four points, best placed to join them. A draw against the German side tomorrow would see them through to the last four. SL Benfica (1 point) need a win against host team FC Blue Stars while hoping that Mainz can do them a favour and beat FC Zurich.

In Men Group B, things could hardly be tighter. FC Basel and FK Austria Wien both top the table on four points, with Valencia CF just behind on two. Grasshoppers are the only club out of the running after two defeats.

Thursday (26 May) will see the decisive last group games as well as the finals, with the latter to be broadcast LIVE on FIFA+.


Group A:
VfL Wolfsburg – Valencia CF Femenino 0:2
FC Basel – FC Zürich 0:1
VfL Wolfsburg – FC Basel 1:0
Valencia CF Femenino – FC Zürich 3:4

Group B:
Olympique Lyonnais Féminin – FC Rosengård 2:0
BSC YB-Frauen – Grasshopper Club Zürich 2:0
Olympique Lyonnais Féminin – BSC YB-Frauen 3:4
FC Rosengård – Grasshopper Club Zürich 2:0

Group A:
SL Benfica – 1. FSV Mainz 05 0:1
FC Zürich – FC Blue Stars Zürich 2:0
SL Benfica – FC Zürich 1:1
1. FSV Mainz 05 – FC Blue Stars Zürich 5:1

Group B:
Valencia CF – FK Austria Wien 1:1
FC Basel – Grasshopper Club Zürich 2:1
Valencia CF – FC Basel 1:1
FK Austria Wien – Grasshopper Club Zürich 5:2

All the highlights of the day’s matches can be found HERE on FIFA+.

What they said

“We’ve had a great first day of the tournament with some really good football, excellent goals and a breath-taking atmosphere. The performances I saw today make me keen to see more, and we should be set for a wonderful finals day.”
Pascal Zuberbuhler

“It’s an important tournament and that’s why it’s so nice to see it being played again. It’s an interesting event with interesting games that show how good youth football can be.”
Murat Yakin (Swiss national coach)

The remaining games

Spielplan des 82. Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup™

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