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Scots kids tackle future stars of Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Man City

Rossvale Boys Club are the only Scottish club to compete in the Santa Ponsa Cup which features Spanish, Italian and English giants.

The list of big names looks like it could be the latest Champions League draw…

Europe’s most powerful clubs, including Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City, will despatch their future generation of stars to Majorca to compete in a prestigious youth cup.

But rubbing shoulders with football’s aristocracy will be a team whose name most fans will definitely not recognise.

Rossvale Boys Club, from Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow, are the only Scottish club to compete in the eight-a-side Santa Ponsa Cup.

And while their illustrious rivals have the pick of their nation’s talent, most of Rossvale’s young guns live in the East Dunbartonshire suburb.

Manager Stuart Hogg got the boys an invite after showing organisers footage of his charges while on holiday in the Balearic Islands last year.

Now 11 of the under-12s team – who normally compete in the Central League A Division – will fly out for their Spanish challenge in April.

And despite being the underdogs, Stuart, 47, has tipped his troops to hold their own against the famous names.

Stuart, who also coaches the football team at Thomas Muir Primary School in Bishopbriggs, said: “This is a great opportunity for the boys. They’ll remember this experience for the rest of their lives.

“They’re really excited to be going. You only need to look at the other teams playing to see why.

“The Santa Ponsa Cup is a big tournament in Majorca. It attracts a lot of big clubs who send teams from their academies. I was on holiday there last year and asked about Rossvale getting an invite.

“The organiser wanted to know the team were good enough and I showed him some footage of them from a match.”

The players have raised funds to help cover the trip’s costs by holding a sponsored cycle, a supermarket bag-pack and selling football cards.

Twenty teams will be split into four groups of five, with the club who finish bottom knocked out.

Other big names include Spanish La Liga giants Sevilla, Valencia and Villarreal and Italian Serie A teams Parma and Bologna.

Boys’ clubs from Majorca have also been invited to take part. Players’ parents have stumped up to go on holiday on the island and watch their sons in action.

Stuart added: “Local teams have been invited so it’s not just the biggest names in football.