Barcelona Bound

Sam Di Cicco

Barcelona Bound

Liverpool, Manchester United, Villa Real, Real Madrid, Barcelona – the biggest names in football, clubs watched and talked about by billions around the world every day. On the other side of the world, these clubs battle in stadiums for some of the most majestic trophies the world’s largest game has to offer. Now, two of our own will be traveling to Europe to mix it with the youth squads of such grand clubs in the annual Mediterranean International Cup (MIC).

Sam Di Cicco and Jake Cianci have been chosen by Adelaide United to join a hand-picked group of South Australian players to make the journey. Following trials at the latter part of last year, they have been training weekly with the u16 select team.

Coached by Adrian Stenta from Adelaide United on a weekly basis since, the boys are ready to take the voyage and compete at the highest level. Training both at Adelaide City and Adelaide United at the same time has honed skills and fitness. “It has been a good lead up to the trip. We are fit and ready. The boys have come from all different clubs. I didn’t know any of them before we came together but they are a really good group and we get along well” said Di Cicco.

The Mediterranean International Cup is an annual football tournament regarded as one of the best youth competitions in the world. Played at venues across the south east coast of Spain, it is attended by clubs from all continents and by some of the biggest names. It has a track record of having been a stepping stone for many of the world’s great footballers.

Departing March 17, the boys will play in the tournament from March 23 to 27, before returning on April 10. In addition to the tournament, the team will play trial matches in Spain, visit the famed Camp Nou (home to Barcelona and the Catalan national team) as well as watching Barcelona live!

“I would love to play professionally, and this is a great opportunity to develop further. The experience will be really good for me, both as a player and a person” said Di Cicco.

And no one could be prouder than his parents, with mum Mandy joining a group to take the journey to watch her son play. “It really is a great experience for him and we’re thrilled that he has the opportunity” she said.

Di Cicco started at City under his first coach, none other than Football Committee Chairman, Alf Ianniello. He went on to captain the JSL u14 team last year and now progresses once again.

Adelaide City FC wishes both players all the best for their trip and a great experience.

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