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Atlantic winners

I.F. Elfsborg emerged as the winners of the inaugural Atlantic Cup. The Swedish club drew their final day decider with Odense BK 1-1 to top the four-team table also featuring Helsingborg and Brondby.

Elfsborg, who were staying at the Oceânico Amendoeira Sport Club near Silves, were particularly impressed with the facilities at their disposal, leading tournament co-organiser Brian Horne to describe the in-house training pitch as “the best I’ve ever seen – the best in Europe”.

Horne, who spent his active playing career at Millwall, Stoke and Portsmouth, teamed up with former Benfica, Sunderland and Arsenal striker Stefan Schwarz to bring the event to the Algarve. Its success is sure to see a repeat in the future.