Launched in 1993 as the Nike Cup, the Manchester United Cup is the premier international club tournament for U-15s.
It has grown to the point where over 9000 clubs enter each year but only 20 reach the finals, played at Manchester United’s famed Carrington training ground.
The U-15 sides of the some of the World’s greatest clubs have graced the competition, with Brazilian and Spanish clubs dominating the honours board.
The MUPC has also been the launching pad of many of the sport’s current stars. The likes of Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas, Carlos Tevez, Robinho, Xavi and Iker Casillas all announced themselves to the world at the MUPC and have since gone on to Premier League, Champions Leagues, European Championships or Confederations Cup titles for club or country.
The winners of the New Zealand finals (Northern and Southern Conferences) square off against the best of Australia for a place in the World finals.
Waitakere City (Northern Football)
Onehunga Sports (Auckland Football)
Hamilton Wanderers (Waikato-BOP Football)
Results (all matches at Bill McKinlay Park, Auckland)
09:30 | Waitakere City 1-1 Onehunga Sports
11:00 | Waitakere City 1-0 Hamilton Wanderers
12:30 | Hamilton Wanderers 1-1 Onehunga Sports
14:00 | Onehunga Sports 2-1 Waitakere City
15:30 | Hamilton Wanderers 3-0 Waitakere City
17:00 | Onehunga Sports 3-1 Hamilton Wanderers
Onehunga Sports advance to the New Zealand final
Cashmere Technical (Mainland Football)
Western Suburbs (Capital Football)
Draw (Wakefield Park, Wellington)
11:00 | Western Suburbs 1-2 (aet) Cashmere Technical
Cashmere Technical advance to the New Zealand final
Cashmere Technical v Onehunga Sports
Capital Football were the inaugural New Zealand champions when the Manchester United Premier Cup launched here in 2004 but just missed out of a ticket to Manchester after being pipped into second place on goal difference in the Asia Pacific finals.
Soccer2 (now known as Auckland Football) were the first team to represent New Zealand at the World Finals after toppling Melbourne in a Pacific playoff and finished in 15th after notching two wins.
In 2006 the New Zealand competition moved to a club-based format and the following year Auckland’s Central United, reached the World Finals by beating the best New Zealand, and then Australia, had to offer.
Central notched two wins on their way to a 17th place finish and then repeated the effort in 2008 also grabbing a pair of wins, along with two draws including one against Middleborough.
In 2009, the torche was passed to Waitakere City who defeated Central in the final but fell at the Australian hurdle in an effort to reach Manchester.
East Coast Bays also fell at the Pacific finals in 2010, but in 2011 Onehunga Sports progressed to the global finals.
Manchester United Premier Cup – Champions
1994 FC Porto (Portugal)
1995 Real Madrid (Spain)
1996 RCD Espanyol (Spain)
1997 Platense (Argentina)
1998 Athletic Club de Bilbao (Spain)
1999 FC Barcelona (Spain)
2000 Sports Club Internacional (Brazil)
2001 EC Vitoria (Brazil)
2002 Sao Paulo FC (Brazil)
2003 Corinthians (Brazil)
2004 Manchester City (England)
2005 Fluminense (Brazil)
2006 Chivas Guadalajara (Mexico)
2007 FC Barcelona (Spain)
2008 Fluminense (Brazil)
2009 Sao Paulo FC (Brazil)
2010 FC Barcelona (Spain)
2011 Pachuca (Mexico)
Manchester United Premier Cup – New Zealand Champions
2004 Capital Soccer
2006 Mangere United
2007 Central United*
2008 Central United*
2009 Waitakere United
2010 East Coast Bays
2011 Onehunga Sports* (Northern Conf.) & Wellington College (Southern Conf)
2012 Otumoetai (Northern Conf.) & Cashmere Technical (Southern Conf.)
*Qualified for Global Finals