The Main Hall of the Pernambuco Football Federation (FPF) was the stage for the event that made official, on Thursday afternoon (01), the launch of the Under-19 Atlantic Cup. The 1st edition of the dispute, which will take place between October 17th and 23rd at CT da Fênix, is being organized by Retrô Futebol Clube Brasil, with the support of the FPF. In all, 16 teams will participate in the competition, three of which are affiliated with the maximum entity of Pernambuco football: Retrô, Náutico and Sport.
The ceremony, conducted by Maciel Júnior, FPF’s Press Relations Manager, was formed by: Evandro Carvalho, President of the entity; Gustavo Sampaio, FPF Competitions Director; Constantino Júnior, Vice-President of the Northeast League; Gustavo Jordão, Executive Director of Retrô Futebol Clube Brasil; Dico Woolley, Technician of the professional team at Retrô; Diego Cabral, Planning Secretary of the Camaragibe City Hall; Renê Cabral, representative of the Camaragibe City Council; and Suellen Rocha, representative of F12, the sponsoring company of the Copa Atlântico Sub-19.
Evandro Carvalho opened the event with a greeting to the members of the table and to the others present, followed by a speech that praised the competition. “The Atlantic Cup will be the biggest competition in Brazil in the U-19 category, with the participation of 16 teams. We congratulate Retrô for the initiative, which will certainly promote the revelation of great talents. I pleaded with Ednaldo Rodrigues, President of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), for the competition to become part of the national calendar of disputes in the basic categories”, highlighted the representative.
Gustavo Sampaio valued the partnership between FPF and Retrô for the structuring of the Atlantic Cup: “Always when talking about base, we have a special affection, because the future of Pernambuco and Brazilian football passes through the base categories. The base needs to play and lacks a calendar, especially for competitions like the Atlantic Cup. The dispute comes to consolidate this idea. I congratulate everyone who plays grassroots football in Pernambuco. This is a competition from Retrô, from FPF and also from all the brothers who do the day to day of Pernambuco football”.
Gustavo Jordão gave details about the dispute: “It is a reason for great satisfaction to launch the Atlantic Cup at Casa Máxima do Futebol Pernambucano. The entity’s Competitions Department helped us decisively in formatting the dispute. Just like the Aldeia Cup, in the U-13, U-14, U-15 and U-16 categories, we are sure that the Atlantic Cup will be a great success in the U-19 category.”
The Executive Director of Retro also explained the competition regulations. The 16 clubs will be divided into four groups with four teams in each. The top two in each bracket advance to the quarter-finals, which will be played in a knockout format, as well as the semi-finals and final.
Dico Woolley, on the other hand, highlighted that grassroots competitions are also important in terms of the exchange of knowledge between professionals from different clubs. Constantino Júnior, in turn, congratulated FPF and Retrô for organizing the Atlantic Cup, projecting that, in the future, there may be even more grassroots competitions that attract clubs from other regions of Brazil to the Northeast.
Representatives of the Public Power of Camaragibe, Diego Cabral and Renê Cabral also pointed out the possibility of heating up the local economy with the advent of the competition, which will mobilize teams from different Brazilian states.