Chelsea Youth Report - September 4th to 9th 2009

U21 Euro Champ Qual - Netherlands vs Finland
Friday, Sept. 4th 2009

17 year old defender Jeffrey Bruma made his debut for the Dutch U21 side as they beat Finland 2-0. His defensive play was flawless and his composure on the ball was evident as he was not satisfied to simply clear the ball after breaking up play, but rather to lead the next charge forward. He's getting lots of praise from Dutch football fans.

Compilation of Bruma's plays vs Finland

U21 Euro Champ Qual - England vs Macedonia
Friday, Sept 4th 2009

Daniel Sturridge played his first match for the England U21 alongside U21 veteran Michael Mancinne. Sturridge had a shot saved early on and provided the link up to Jack Wilshire who was brought down in the box for a penalty that gave England a 2-1 win. Jack Cork was as unused substitute.

World Cup 2009 Qual - Slovakia vs Czech Rep.

Saturday, Sept 5th 2009

Miroslav Stoch was on the Slovakian bench but was not called into action.

U21 Euro Champ Qual - England vs Greece

Tuesday, Sept. 8th 2009

Daniel Sturridge and Micheal Mancienne featured in England's 1-1 draw with Greece in U21 qualifiers today. Sturridge scored England's goal in the 5th minute after he was setup by some nice work by Rose. He was subbed off in the first half after an apparent injury. I was watching a Greek stream though so I'm not sure what the problems was. Mancienne was ok but got caught watching a couple times as England put in a very poor second half performance. The Lions were lucky to leave with a share of the points as Loach made a number of good saves to keep things level including a 1 on 1 with a Greek attacker. Jack Cork was on the bench, but not called in to action.

Sendai Cup U19 - France vs Japan
Wednesday, Sept. 9th 2009

Gael Kakuta played the full 90 in their 3-3 draw with hosts Japan. Kakuta scored the opener after just 7 minutes and later put France ahead 3-2 in the 60th.