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Sanibel Youth Soccer preparing for championship games this Saturday

By Staff | Nov 19, 2010

The stage is set for this Saturday’s Sanibel Youth Soccer Championship games. The action starts early as the third place games in both U10 and U13 kick off at 8:30 a.m. In the U10 division, South Africa takes on Holland. On the U13 field, England will be out for revenge against a renewed Italy squad who had a large part in keeping England out of the finals.

In the U10 Championship Game, regular season champ France squares off against Spain. After starting off the season with two losses, Spain has rebounded nicely and worked hard to get into the finals. Spain coach John Costa, who led Portugal to glory last year, promised a few surprises as he looks to disrupt the vaunted French scoring machine of Jorgen Howell, Alexander Goss and Giovanni Sanchez.

In the U13 Division, Cameroon looks to return to their glory days of 1990 when they qualified for the World Cup Quarterfinals. Coaches Andy Johnson and Bryan Hayes have surveyed the field and feel that their teams conditioning and electricity will be enough to bring the championship to the African continent for the first time.

Standing in their way, however, is five-time World Cup Champion Brazil. Cameroon has been atop the U13 standings all season but the Brazilians appear to be hitting their peak after surviving a tough challenge from England for the number two spot. It promises to be an exciting game.

Both championship games kick off at 9:45 a.m. at the city fields on Sanibel-Captiva Road.