06./07. May 2016
April 26, 2016
Altstätten U19 Tournament Celebrates an Anniversary
Friday 06 May 2016, the 10th international football tournament kicks off in Altstätten. Meanwhile, what
was originally planned to be a one-off event has now become a regular fixture of the football of eastern
Switzerland every two years. Following the FIFA Youth Cup and the Bellinzona tournament, the GESA
event is the third most important junior tournament in Switzerland. This year the organizing committee
team has once again succeeded in enticing an attractive line-up of participants to the upper Rhine valley.
Six of the teams will already be familiar to the spectators on Ascension Day weekend: in addition to
defending champions Atlético Paranaense from Brazil, FC Brügge, Stoke City, St. Gallen, Altstätten
verstärkt and the national team of the Principality of Liechtenstein will be participating again. This year
the line-up has been expanded to include two premieres. One of them appearing at the upper Rhine
valley is the FC Nitra from Slovakia. At present the Slovaks are leading their national junior division by a
huge margin and are therefore a powerful attraction for the 2016 event. With the other, the UD Las
Palmas, the organizers have been able to fulfil a long-standing wish: for the first time ever a team from
the Spanish Premier Division will be appearing in the Rhine Valley. Thus tournament fans can look
forward to seeing an attractive and evenly-matched line-up of participants.
Live Ticker Service
Off the pitch services have been significantly improved for this anniversary event too. In addition to the
tournament brochure and website, the Facebook presence has been extended. Furthermore at the
anniversary event an LED screen will again keep spectators updated with the latest information. The
provisions will be rounded off with a live ticker on the website and it will also be possible to watch videos
of the best scenes again. For the provision of this service the international U19 tournament has been
able to find a new partner. Most notably the ticker on our website at www.u19.ch has been equipped with
new functions. As a consequence the results for each match will be updated within a few seconds.
In addition to the line-up of participating teams from seven different countries the organizing committee
team has been successful in putting together an attractive supporting program off the pitch. On Friday the
Ilztaler Granaten and on Saturday evening the Fäaschtbänkler will be providing the atmosphere in the
large party marquee. Both groups have made various TV appearances and are well-aware how to win-
over their audiences. The musical entertainment will be topped off by DJ Carlo. The famous "Raclette
hut" will once again be a popular meeting point at the anniversary event. Thus spectators are provided
with everything they need to make this an unforgettable tournament at the GESA.
April 8, 2016
The Final Countdown has begun
In less than a month’s time the anniversary event of the international U19 football tournament is due to
take place at the GESA sports arena in Altstätten. On 06 and 07 May FC St. Gallen, Club Brugge K.V.,
Stoke City, Atlético Paranaense, U19-Liechtenstein, FC Altstätten verstärkt, FC Nitra and UD Las Palmas
will be making guest appearances in the upper Rhine valley. But the supporting program will be providing
an extravaganza off the pitch as well.
Successful Sponsored Run
Last Wednesday the organizing committee team's traditional sponsored run was held. 26 runners ran
round the artificial turf at the Grüntal sports grounds to raise vital revenue for the third largest junior
tournament in Switzerland. The subsequent test match between FC Altstätten verstärkt and the U18 team
of the Future Champs Ostschweiz (FCO) ended in a draw. Daniel Eugster's team put up a strong
performance and provided the considerable number of spectators a taste of what to expect at the
tournament a month from now.
More Service at Tournament
Behind the scenes the final preparations for the tournament are running at full speed. Among other things
the service for the forthcoming tournament has been improved even more. In addition to the tournament
brochure and website, the Facebook presence has been expanded. Furthermore at the anniversary
event an LED screen will again keep spectators updated with the latest information. The facilities will be
rounded off with a live ticker on the website and it will also be possible to watch videos of the best scenes
again. For the provision of this service the international U19 tournament has been able to find a new
partner. Regiosport LIVE - http://www.regiosportlive.com - is an app with live ticker function which is now
able to capture the best scenes on video. Several football clubs in the Rhine valley are familiar with this
system and it will now be used at the most important football event in the region.
Photos Sponsor Runs (April 6, 2016)
March 30, 2016
FCA selection and the teams of the Organizing Committee (OC) in Action
Next Wednesday, 06-04-2016 the traditional OC sponsored run takes place at the Grüntal sports grounds
in Altstätten at 19:00 h.
FCA vs FCSG following Sponsored Run
Exactly one month from now the starting shot for the 10th international U19 football tournament will be
fired at the GESA sports arena. As a next step the local team will open the all-important preparatory
phase with the first test match: manager Daniel Eugster's team will be playing a test match against the
U18 team of FC St. Gallen immediately after the sponsored run.
However before the appearance of the up-and-coming young players from the region the men in the
background will be in the spotlight for one occasion. The OC team will be running to raise essential
funding for the third largest junior tournament in the country.
Important Source of Funding
The international U19 tournament is only possible thanks to the generous support of sponsors from
industry, trade and the general public. However the OC makes a contribution to meeting the budget of the
third largest tournament in Switzerland which is not to be underestimated. The following pairs have been
busily gathering laps or lump sums in advance and are in action: Steiger Urs – Müntener Jakob,
Niedermann Martin – Bühler Daniel, Dietsche Stefan – Steiger Brian, Pichler Olaf – Sieber Marco, Thür
Patrick – Dopple Orlando, Hirt Rolf – Wüst Pascal, Vogt Daniel – Spirig Lenhard, Zeller Michael – Berger
Andy, Städler Ivo – Keller Jörg, Schneider Urs – Zellweger Christian, Buschor Felix – Baumgartner
Georg, Goldener Rolf – Heeb Hansjörg and Sieber Dominik – Sieber Sabrina.
As well as the participating teams from seven different countries the OC has been successful in putting
together an attractive supporting program off the pitch. On Friday the Ilztaler Granaten and on Saturday
evening the Fäaschtbänkler will be providing the atmosphere in the large party marquee. The musical
entertainment will be topped off by DJ Carlo. The anniversary event takes place on 06 and 07 May 2016.
February 17, 2016
50 Days to the Anniversary Event
ALTSTÄTTEN. The preparations for the anniversary event of the international U19 football tournament on
06 and 07 May at the GESA sports arena in Altstätten are running at full speed. At the present time the
detailed planning is under way within the organizing committee to ensure that spectators are treated to a
thrilling junior tournament on the Ascension Day weekend.
Anticipating the Tournament
Preparations also include detailed planning with the participating teams. For this purpose President Urs
Steiger and Vice-President Urs Schneider paid a visit to UD Las Palmas, the first participants from Spain,
a couple of weeks ago. "The department for young talents at Las Palmas is extremely professional and
everyone at the club is looking forward to taking part at Altstätten. We can expect to see a highly-
motivated team from the Canaries at the GESA," says the president of the organizing committee Urs
Another team in the midst of preparations for the 10th tournament is FC Altstätten verstärkt. Head
manager Daniel Eugster's team will play three test matches prior to the tournament:
FC Altstätten verstärkt - Akademie Vorarlberg U18
10.30 h Grüntal Altstätten
In the run-up the organizing committee sponsored run will take place.
FC Altstätten verstärkt - FC St. Gallen U18
20.00 h Grüntal Altstätten
LFV U18 - FC Altstätten verstärkt
20.00 h Rheinpark Vaduz
The anniversary event 2016 is able to score off the pitch too. After the last two matches on the Friday and
Saturday evenings the program continues in the party marquee. On the first evening the Ilztaler Granaten
will be performing in the huge GESA party marquee. One day later the local Fäaschtbänkler group will be
providing the atmosphere. With their wide ranging entertainment the well-known Rhine-valley formation
ensures unforgettable evenings time and time again. The musical entertainment will be topped off by the
popular DJ Carlo. For those looking to spend the evening more quietly the Valais "Raclette- Stübli"
provides an ideal alternative to the party marquee.
A Variety of Information Channels
Once again spectators at the GESA will be treated to information on an LED screen this year. Following
the successful experiment of 2014 the organizing committee is again looking to provide spectators with a
modern service this time around. The tournament promoters are active off the pitch too. Spectators are
provided with lots of interesting information surrounding the Altstätten tournament on the dedicated
website and on the Facebook page. This presence is rounded off by the tournament brochure, which is
due to be published in the next few days. >> Turnierheft öffnen (70 MB)
International U19 Football Tournament 2016
10th event on 06 and 07 May 2016
FC St. Gallen, Club Brugge K.V., Stoke City, Atlético Paranaense, U19-Liechtenstein, FC Altstätten
verstärkt. FC Nitra, UD Las Palmas
U19 organizing committee sponsored run:
Wednesday 06 April 2016 19:00 h at the Grüntal sports grounds Altstätten.
Opening evening (by invitation only):
Thursday 05 May 2016
@ www.u19.ch or on our Facebook page.
All queries to:
Organizing committee member communications and press.
Tel. +41 78 662 20 47
22 February 2016
The Groups and Team Sponsors have been allocated
ALTSTÄTTEN. On Friday the draw for the international U19 football tournament 2016 was held in the
evening at the Badhof country inn Lüchingen in the presence of 50 invited guests. Once again sponsors'
representatives were treated to a successful event with a charming and informal atmosphere.
U17 National Team Manager as Guest
For the 2016 anniversary evening draw event the organizing committee was again able to present an
interesting chat-show guest. The 19-fold Swiss international and current manager of the U17 national
team was a guest at this "Opening event" of the tournament. The likeable 50-year-old from Lucerne
delighted the audience with his easy-going and frank style. He drew attention to the fact that as far as
young players are concerned, talent is not the only decisive factor but that the personality of the
individual player is a factor too. In the discussion with organizing committee member Felix Buschor the
topic of the firing of managers was also addressed: “As a manager you cannot satisfy everyone's opinion
and be universally popular. Firing the manager produces a short-term advantage, but as time goes by the
same problems resurface with the successor."
Problematic Search for Teams
The highlight of the evening was the draw for the allocation of team sponsors for the participating U19
teams. President of the organizing committee Urs Steiger presented the latest news concerning the 2016
event as well as introducing the teams. He thanked his organizing team for their outstanding efforts and
the time expended in the region on this unique tournament. According to Steiger on Friday evening, “We
are hosting a colourful and attractive field of participants in Altstätten. Sadly attracting teams from top
leagues to participate at the GESA is becoming more difficult from year to year. The early inward journey
date and schedule of league fixtures do not exactly play into our hands. Nonetheless we are able to
welcome a team from both Slovakia and Spain for the very first time."
Good Fun at the Draw
Organizing Committee President Urs Steiger's speech and the chat session were followed by the
appearance of Vice-President Urs Schneider. He was responsible for the smooth running of the draw
process for the team sponsors. At the outset the organizing committee member thanked the sponsors
present for their generous support for the tournament: “It is not something to be taken for granted that we
have such loyal sponsors. Without such support holding a tournament of this kind would not be viable.
Both additional pillars - the sponsored run and the circle of friends with around 350 members - are also
crucial mainstays of our tournament." Following this introduction the exciting yet good-natured part of the
draw had finally arrived. Subsequently each sponsor was drawn and called upon to burst balloons
containing the teams with a dart. By this method the following groups and team sponsors were drawn:
Group A: UD Las Palmas (Hirslanden, Klinik am Rosenberg & Beerli Storen GmbH), FC St. Gallen (St.
Galler Kantonalbank & CMA CNC-Mechanik AG), Stoke City (Eugster Treuhand & Caron
Fahrzeugtechnik AG) and FC Altsätten verstärkt (Zünd Mobile Center AG & Schreinerei Popp AG).
Group B: FC Nitra (Gschwend + Willi AG & Zünd Systemtechnik AG), Atlético Paranaense (Credit Suisse
AG & Clientis Biene Bank im Rheintal), U19 Nationalmannschaft Liechtenstein (Alpha Rheintal Bank AG
& Panaccount Consulting Est.) and Club Brugge (Wüst Metallbau AG & Gasthaus Lindenhof).
Looking Forward to the Tournament
Following the official programme the vice president thanked all those present for coming to the Badhof
country inn and again announced that the 100-page tournament brochure which includes a review of the
last nine editions would be published during the course of the next few weeks.
Photos of the draw evening and the schedule of fixtures for the anniversary event have now been
uploaded to the appropriate section. (dsi)
02 February 2016
Two firsts for the anniversary event
The starting field for the International U19 football tournament from 06 May to 07 May 2016 is complete.
For the first time the organizing committee has succeeded in engaging teams from Slovakia and Spain.
FC Nitra, leaders in the Slovakian U19 championships are making a guest appearance at the GESA. The
team from the sixth largest city in the country is heading the table with a commanding nine point lead
from 13 games and hence has earned the participation at the tournament in Altstätten. The starting field
is rounded off by the first Spanish club to appear in the upper Rhine valley. Union Deportiva Las Palmas
is the eighth junior team at Altstätten. With the participation by the juniors from the Primera División club -
the top Spanish division - the wish to engage a Spanish team has come true.
Thus the following eight teams will be playing at the 10
international U19 football tournament 2016 at the
GESA: U19 Liechtenstein, FC St. Gallen, Atlético Paranaense (defending champions), Stoke City FC,
Club Brugge, FC Nitra, UD Las Palmas and hosts FC Altstätten verstärkt. The groups for the anniversary
event will be drawn on 19 February and published here on our website and on our Facebook page. >>
19 January 2016
LFV selection is sixth participant - entertainment program ready
ALTSTÄTTEN. The Liechtenstein U19 National Team is the sixth participant at the international football
tournament at the GESA sports arena in Altstätten. For the young talents of the principality it is the
second appearance At The International Tournament following that of 2014. The last time the tournament
was held the national selection took a sixth in the final placings. In the group phase the national team
won against "FC Altstätten Selection" and managed to win a point against the later finalists Stoke City. At
the present time intensive discussions are taking place with other potential participants for the
tournament. Participation has already been confirmed by defending champions Atletico Paranaense,
Club Brugge K.V., Stoke City, FC St. Gallen and FC Altstätten verstärkt.
19 January 2016
Away from the pitch visitors can look forward to a fantastic programme. The organizing committee has
succeeded in engaging a top-class LINE- UP. On the Friday evening "Die Granaten" will take care of the
atmosphere in the party marquee. The Austrian group caters for a wide spectrum of music. A huge
success for the relatively new band was an appearance in the TV show "Musikantenstadl". The live act
for the Saturday evening can boast an appearance of this kind too. The well-known Rhine valley group
"Fäschtbänkler" is honouring the GESA with their presence again this year. The popular young musicians
sing everything from old hits and Slovenian "Oberkrain" music through folk music to pop and rock. The
programme will be peppered with solos, choreographed dance and 'a capella' quintet performances. The
popular DJ Carlo from the Rhine valley will take care of the entertainment during the intermissions.
19 January 2016
Meeting point "Raclette Stübli"
The GESA is again able to provide an attractive infrastructure. As well as the fine St Gallen bratwurst, this
May there will also be the opportunity to savour original Valais raclette in the homely "Raclette- Stübli" at
the GESA. The "Raclette hut" has emerged as one of the most popular meeting points in recent years
and is therefore a key element of our concept this year too. The existing infrastructure will be augmented
by a large party marquee in which bands will perform live music.
05 November 2015
Two tournament winners are back for the 2016 tournament
Following the popular participants Stoke City, Bruges and the home team FC Altstätten verstärkt, the
teams of Atlético Paranaense and FC St. Gallen have now confirmed their participation in the 2016
tournament. The defending champions from Brazil will be travelling to Altstätten on the 6
It is already the third appearance of the South Americans at the international U19 tournament.
Traditionally Switzerland will again be represented by FC St. Gallen in addition to FC Altstätten. The club
from the canton capital is also a member of the tournament winners' class; the Super League
representatives from eastern Switzerland having won the tournament in 2000. The first five participants
are now known. "We are holding talks with interesting prospective clubs and hope to be able to announce
more in the near future," says president of the organizing committee Urs Steiger. With that said, the
organizing committee is bang on schedule for staging the event at the GESA in Altstätten.
Information on participating teams will be continuously updated on our website in the "Tournament 2016"
section. In addition you can get the latest news on the Facebook page of the international U19
23 September 2015
Only a few changes to the organizing committee and the first teams have been named.
The organizing committee has made a start with the planning of the 10th international U19 tournament.
Once again there is only one small change to the organizing committee. After many years of participation
in the organization, festival host Christoph Züllig is the only one to announce his resignation. On the other
hand with Dominik Sieber it has been possible to man the communications and media desk again. Thus
under the leadership of President Urs Steiger the team is able to maintain its reliance on continuity.
Good news can already be reported with respect to the participants at the tournament. With Stoke City
and Club Brugge it has been possible to sign two attractive clubs who also participated at the last event
at the GESA. As well as the English and Belgian teams, the home team will also be starting again. In this
jubilee event the "Altstätten verstärkt" team is being managed by the experienced juniors’ manager
Daniel Eugster. At this moment in time discussions are in progress with other potential participants for
this next tournament.
Moreover in the entertainment sector arrangements for the first evening have already been able to be
finalized. Once again the well-known group "Fäaschtbänkler" will provide the atmosphere in the party
marquee at the GESA. (dsi)