• The Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup in Sindelfingen is the most prestigious German junior tournament.

    The Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup in Sindelfingen.

    This is where the stars of tomorrow play.

    Photos: GES-Sportbild

The tournament 2019.

The Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup, which will take place for the 29th time at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen on 5th and 6th January 2019, is regarded as one of the world’s best football tournaments in the Under19 age group. This time four of Germany’s finest teams – VfB Stuttgart, Bayern Munich, Hertha BSC and Schalke 04 – will meet four international teams: FC Liverpool, Atlanta United and the Glasgow Rangers celebrate their JuniorCup premieres, the field is completed by Rapid Vienna. VfB Stuttgart will try to defend its title as record winner (4 titles) against Schalke 04 and Hertha BSC, who have each won the tournament three times so far.

Mercedes-Benz: The Hertha BSC U19 team celebrates its triumph at the Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup 2018.
Mercedes-Benz: VfB Stuttgart at the 28th Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup 2018.

The history.

In 1991 the Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup was held for the first time and in the following years it was the first youth football event to be broadcast live on television. The Glaspalast in Sindelfingen with its more than 4,000 spectators is regularly almost sold out when the youngsters of the Bundesliga clubs compete with the big names: Manchester United, Paris St. Germain, Fenerbahce Istanbul or AS Monaco have already been there. The German teams are slightly favoured in 2019 too: eight of the last ten tournaments were won by Bundesliga teams. Only Manchester United (2015) and Rapid Vienna (2016) were able to break this series.

The stars of the tournament.

You rarely get such a good view into the future of football as at the Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup: 97 participants of the tournament later became national players of their country. The 27 players who made the leap into the German national team after participating in the tournament played together in more than 700 international matches – five of them (Neuer, Khedira, Özil, Höwedes and Kramer) even became World Champions in 2014. Also in the recent past young players have caused a stir at this talent show: Joshua Kimmich (then VfB Stuttgart) was voted best player of the tournament in 2013, Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) shone in 2015 – today both are international stars.

Mercedes-Benz: Joshua Kimmich played in the JuniorCup 2013 and is now an inherent part of the national team.
  • Mercedes-Benz: Domenico Tedesco, as coach of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, celebrates victory at the Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup 2017.

The coaches of the tournament.

The JuniorCup could also be a good steppingstone for coaches: in addition to Domenico Tedesco, who triumphed in 2017 with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, a total of 5 out of 18 Bundesliga coaches have a JuniorCup past – Heiko Herrlich, Ralf Rangnick, Christian Streich and Julian Nagelsmann have also been on the sideline in Sindelfingen.

The 2016 season went particularly fast for Nagelsmann: 35 days after the Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup, where he was in charge of the Under-19 of Hoffenheim, he was appointed as coach of the Bundesliga team. There are even two World Champions among the coaches of the tournament: Carlos Dunga (2004 & 2006 with Porto Alegre) and Gerd Müller (1993 & 1994 with Bayern Munich).

Mercedes-Benz: The Glaspalast in Sindelfingen – traditional venue of the Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup.

Be there live.

Whether on the grass or on the sidelines, the Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup 2019 will once again be a unique opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow live. The matches will take place on 5th January from 11:00 a.m. and on 6th January from 09:05 a.m. at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen. Tickets for standing are available from 6 Euro, last seat tickets from 10 Euro. If you can’t be there live, you can switch on Sport1: in 2019, the sports channel will once again broadcast the Mercedes-Benz JuniorCup live.