Brazil-based Desportivo Brasil, sister club of the Fort
Lauderdale Strikers, have won the 2012 Milk Cup Premier
Final. The team defeated Newcastle 3-0 on goals from
Bruno Conceicao, Aguilar Oliveira and Caio Ramalho to
take home the prestigious title.
The Milk Cup is contested each year in Northern Ireland
and features three simultaneous tournaments named
Premier, Elite and Junior. Strikers midfielder Conor
Shanosky was a member of the Milk Cup Elite winning U.S.
side in 2010 and remembers the time well.
"My experience in the Milk Cup in 2010 was amazing," said
Strikers midfielder Conor Shanosky. "The competition was
very good and we were fortunate to earn the title when we
beat Northern Ireland in the final."
Desportivo Brasil's game-winning goal scorer, Conceicao
also scored a hat-trick in the tournament's preliminary
stage. He finished with six goals in the tournament, just
one behind the golden boot winner Zach Clough of Bolton
The team celebrated the title following a tradition which
has been in place for the tournament's 30-year history
and one Shanosky knows well.
"When you win, the celebration is really cool. They bring
out a ton of milk cartons and everyone on the team pours
milk on each other. It was fun to watch guys chasing
everyone to dump milk all over them," said Shanosky.
The Milk Cup was founded in 1983 by Jim Weir, Victor
Leonard, George Logan and Bertie Peacock, one of the most
famous players from the region, with sixteen teams
participating at an Under 16 level. Motherwell were the
first winners of the youth tournament.
The tournament extended in 1985 when the Junior level was
introduced and the first champions were Rangers from
The competition at both levels has grown in size and
stature over the years, with teams increasingly
travelling from all continents to compete. The Elite
group was introduced in 1995 with the Welsh finishing the
tournament as winners.
Many current international soccer players have taken part
in the Milk Cup, players such as Charlie Davies, Jonathan
Spector, Paul Scholes, and Wayne Rooney have all competed
at some level in the Milk Cup. In the 2002 FIFA World Cup
there were 30 Milk Cup veterans playing.