Evo Soccer Lift Gold - Full highlights Video

Evolution Soccer finally solved the mystery of the Dubai International Super Cup, with the Under 10 Academy winning their first tournament title in four trips, 2-1, over Desert Rangers last night at The Sevens Stadium.

See our extended highlights video here and full report below.

It was a landmark night for the Under 12's as well, as the Evolution Soccer team fought to the very end against one of the tournament’s strongest sides, beating Alberton United of South Africa 4-2 in the 3rd place playoff.

Under 10 Report

In the end, a combination of Evolution Soccer's technical ability and character was enough to lift the title. Having taken an early lead with goals from Habib Hamidi and Ollie Jennings, Evo resorted to a low block and attempted to hit the Rangers on the counter attack. The plan was almost perfect, but with 5 minutes to play a well taken goal gave the opposition a glimmer of hope. Evo, energised by their travelling support galvanised and could have killed the game off when Jay Morrison broke forward only to be denied by the woodwork. With that, the referee blew to signal the end of the game and the Evolution Soccer U10's were crowned champions for the first time in their history.

After the match, Evolution Soccer coach Kiearan Dawson said: “I want to thank the organizers of the tournament. They have done a wonderful job putting together such an amazing and professional event. I am thankful to my players for playing good quality football. What really makes me happy is the fact that all of them came together as a united group to win the event. Desert Rangers also played extremely well. It has been a true learning experience for my players to have played against them and the other teams.”

David Wallace, Evolution Soccer's Academy Manager, said afterward: “Once again, we’ve successfully showcased our Academy at one of the best youth tournaments in the world. More and more have come to know about our club, and each year the level of interest grows. Some great talent was on display this week, and we watched fantastic games played by teams from all over the world. The fact that Evolution Soccer claimed a first place and a third place shows that we have reached another great milestone in the development of our players."

Under 12 Report

In the third-place match, the Evolution Soccer U12's defeated Alberton Academy of South Africa, 4-2. Evo, who fell to eventual winners All-Star Football Academy in the semi-finals, were determined to bounce back by claiming their bronze medals. A hat-trick from Jaime Pombo and a goal from Josh Rayner were enough to seal the victory in a hard fought game played in 40 degree temperatures.

“This was a high-level tournament with all the teams displaying professional tactics, techniques and strong physical ability. Today, we played a different style, and it worked. I think many of the other teams are impressed by our playing style, which has taken us this far in the tournament,” said Evo coach Stephen Powell.

Under 10 Results

Team P W D L Pts
Al Ethihad Sports Academy - A 2 2 0 0 6
Evolution Sports 2 1 0 1 3
Desert Rangers  2 0 0 2 0

Day One (Group Stage)

Evolution Sports 0 v 3 Al Ethihad Sports Academy - A
Desert Rangers  0 v 7 Evolution Sports

Day Two (Quarter-Final)

E-Sports Dubai - Muller 2 v 4 Evolution Sports

Day Three (Semi-Final)

Evolution Sports 10 v 0 Al Ethihad Sports Academy - A

Day Four (Final)

Evolution Sports 2 v 1 Desert Rangers - Orange

Under 12 Results

Team P W D L Pts
Evolution Sports 2 2 0 0 6
E-Sports Dubai - Robben 2 1 0 1 3
Gasabo Gorillas  2 0 0 2 0

Day One (Group Stages)

Gasabo Gorillas  0 v 7 Evolution Sports
Evolution Sports 2 v 0 E-Sports Dubai - Robben

Day Two (Quarter-Final)

Evolution Sports 5 v 0 CF Football Academy

Day Three (Semi-Final)

Evolution Sports 1 v 2 All Star Football Academy

Day Four (Final - Third Place Playoff)

Alberton Football Club 2 v 4 Evolution Sports