Brentford B will compete for the 2021 Korantina Homes Cup in Cyprus as Neil MacFarlane’s side head back out on tour this Friday for the first time since March 2020.
The B Team’s fixture programme, which sees them play outside of the traditional youth system, features matches against Under-23 sides, senior teams within the United Kingdom, as well as overseas clubs.
Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic the B Team regularly travelled abroad for fixtures. Previous years have seen them come up against youth sides from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, whilst in more recent seasons under Neil MacFarlane, they have played fixtures against the likes of FC Seoul and FC Astana whilst away in Portugal. Their last tour abroad was to Cyprus in March 2020 as they recorded wins over Pafos FC and Rodina Moscow.
The group will now head back out to Cyprus to compete in an international tournament with five other sides from across Europe. Also vying for the trophy will be Pafos FC, Aris Limassol, FC Rodina Moscow, Riga FC and an XI from AFE Fútbol from Spain.
The tour provides the first opportunity for a large number of B Team players to play overseas since joining the Club. For those who have joined since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, this will be their first trip away with the side and potentially their first chance to play against foreign opponents in a competitive environment.
As for new staff members such as B Team Analyst Alfie Sparks, B Team Physiotherapists Stella Zhang and Paolo Perna, as well as new Kit Assistant Aaron O'Shea, the trip provides a great opportunity to become accustomed to life on tour with the young Bees.
How will the tournament work?
The tournament will see the six teams split into two groups of three. Brentford B have been put into Group A alongside Pafos FC and Rodina Moscow, whilst Group B will see AEL Limassol battle it out against Riga FC and an AFE Fútbol XI.
In the Group stage each team will play two games and wherever the team places in the group come the end of the two matches, they will play against the team that finished in the same position in the other group. For example, if Brentford B were to record two wins and top their group, they would then play the winner of Group B in a final game.
Brentford B will play their first fixture against Pafos FC on Sunday 14 November in an 11am kick-off local time before their second match against Rodina Moscow on Wednesday 17 November at 2pm. A date and time will then be confirmed for the third and final match after the outcome of the two group matches is known. Both of Brentford B's scheduled matches will take place at the Kouklia Community Stadium which is around a 20-minute drive from the centre of Paphos.
The Korantina Homes Cup has taken place in previous years with Pafos, Riga and Rodina Moscow all competing to challenge for the trophy prior to the pandemic.
How can I watch the games?
The tournament organisers hold the coverage rights for the fixtures therefore they will provide a stream of each match. These will be behind a paywall and we will ensure supporters get access to the streaming link prior to kick-off. The cost is 4.99 euros per match or you can purchase all three games for 13.99 euros. If you happen to be in Cyprus or intend to head out to support the young Bees, you can gain access to the matches free of charge.