Emotional opening in Lugano
The international Helvetia U16 Cup opened its doors yesterday, 1 August 2019, with over 400 young football fans. In the morning, the matches of the Special Needs European Cup started at LAC Lugano at the foot of Lake Lugano. The first matches of the U16 tournament drew more spectators to the Cornaredo stadium in Lugano. Exciting matches and good performances of the individual teams were offered to the audience. In Group 1, Bologna and S.L. Benfica were the winners with clear victories. FC St. Gallen won as the only team of group 2 and is at the top of the table.
The organizers and several volunteers contributed to a perfect start of the tournament. To celebrate the day, all 22 teams took part in the traditional August 1 parade of the city of Lugano in the evening. A sensational fireworks display on the shores of Lake Lugano rounded off the day.