The B team squad from Brentford FC, a club from London currently playing in the Premier League, headed out to Portugal for their first appearance in the Atlantic Cup 2022, held in the Algarve.
Three matches were scheduled for this group, made up of first-team players, reserve players and newcomers, between the 2nd and 11th of February.
Their opponents were (in chronological order):
- Breiðablik UBK (Icelandic side) — They finished second in their league table in 2021, just one point behind the winners.
- Brøndby IF (Danish side) — They are the champions of Danish Superliga 2020/21 and it’s their fifth appearance at the Atlantic Cup.
- Halmstads BK (Swedish side) — They were relegated from the top tier of Swedish football in 2021, a competition they have won several times.
The Brentford's first two matches took place at the Estádio Algarve, in Faro, and they rounded off their Atlantic Cup campaign at the Estádio Municipal de Albufeira, in Albufeira.
Both venues were only 16 km away from their training camp, Browns Sports Resort, in Vilamoura, where they had 2 daily training sessions on the natural grass pitch as also sessions at the High Performance Gym, Recovery sessions and match analysis. You can view pictures from one of their training sessions here as as also in the videos below:
In summary, the young Bees (their nickname) were beaten twice and had a memorable win in the second game facing the Danish giants. The hard work didn’t pay off and FC Zenit became champions of 2022.
Back to England, the squad will look to progress to their second Semi-Final of the season.
THE ATLANTIC CUP - MATCHES
Breiðablik UBK 2 - 1 Brentford B
Thursday, 3 Feb 2022 at 7:30 pm (GMT)
at Estádio Algarve, Faro (Portugal)
Brentford B 1 - 0 Brøndby IF
Tuesday, 8 Feb 2022 at 3 pm (GMT)
at Estádio Algarve, Faro (Portugal)
Halmstads BK 2 - 1 Brentford B
Friday, 11 Feb 2022 at 11 am (GMT)
at Estádio Municipal de Albufeira, Albufeira (Portugal)
HIGHLIGHTS & NEWS
Would you like to know more about Brentford's B team's participation in the Atlantic Cup and their preparation for those matches? We recommend that you read the following articles:
27 Jan 2022: Brentford XI Portugal Tour Fixtures confirmed
We can confirm our fixtures for February’s Atlantic Cup in Portugal where a Brentford XI will take part in the tournament. | read ❯
1 Feb 2022: The Atlantic Cup - Opposition in focus
A Brentford XI will head out to Portugal to participate in the Atlantic Cup this week and three teams await in the Algarve, who will all provide tough tests for Neil MacFarlane’s group. | read ❯
3 Feb 2022: Team News as Brentford B get Atlantic Cup Campaign under way
Brentford B get their Atlantic Cup campaign under way at the Estadio Algarve this evening as they take on Breiðablik. | read ❯
4 Feb 2022: Match Gallery: Brentford B V Breiðablik
Take in the pictures from Brentford B's opening match of the Atlantic Cup as they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Breiðablik at the Estadio Algarve. Tristan Crama got the Brentford goal in the second half, and the side will now look towards their fixture with Brondby on Tuesday next week. | read ❯
4 Feb 2022: Reaction: Neil Macfarlane Post-Breiðablik
Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane was left proud of his players despite their narrow defeat to Breiðablik in the Atlantic Cup. MacFarlane praised the effort and mentality of his players as they kept battling to create chances right until the end, as they were denied by some good blocks and fantastic saves from the opposition keeper. | read ❯
5 Feb 2022: Reaction Ryan Trevitt Post-Breiðablik
Brentford B's Ryan Trevitt felt the side needed to be more clinical in key moments during their narrow defeat to Breiðablik in the first match of their Atlantic Cup campaign. The side will now be focused on a match with Danish side Brondby as they aim to pick up their first points of the tournament on Tuesday next week. | read ❯
6 Feb 2022: Match Report and Match Highlights: Brentford B 1 - Breiðablik 2
Brentford B slipped to a narrow 2-1 defeat in their opening match of the Atlantic Cup in Portugal against Breiðablik. | read ❯
6 Feb 2022: Tristan Crama: "It was a good game against a really good team"
Brentford B defender Tristan Crama says the side need to start Tuesday’s match with Brøndby in the same form as their second half performance against Breiðablik. | read ❯
6 Feb 2022: Brentford B Uncut: Episode One
Brentford B Uncut brings you inside access to the side's time in Portugal as they compete in the Atlantic Cup. In episode one the young Bees make their final preparations at Jersey Road before they fly out to the Algarve for their first match against Icelandic side Breiðablik. | read ❯
8 Feb 2022: Brentford B prepare for Brøndby IF
Brentford B are in action this afternoon against Danish side Brøndby IF in the Atlantic Cup in Portugal. The 3pm kick-off will see the side aim to claim their first points of the tournament in the Algarve. | read ❯
8 Feb 2022: Team News: Daniel Oyegoke and Nathan Young-Coombes return for Brentford B
Brentford B are in action at 3pm today at the Estádio Algarve against Brøndby IF as they play their second match in the Atlantic Cup. | read ❯
9 Feb 2022: Brentford B V Brøndby Gallery
Take in the best of the pictures from Brentford B's memorable win over Brøndby in the Atlantic Cup. Neil MacFarlane's side won 1-0 with Nathan Young-Coombes scoring the game's only goal. | read ❯
9 Feb 2022: Reaction: Neil Macfarlane on Brøndby IF victory
Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane feels the 1-0 win over Brøndby IF in the Atlantic Cup was the best result the side has had since he took charge of the project in 2019. The young Bees defeated the current Danish champions through a clinical finish from Nathan Young-Coombes and they also put on a determined defensive display to keep out their opposition. | read ❯
10 Feb 2022: Match Report and Match Highlights: Brentford B 1 - Brøndby IF 0
Brentford B picked up a fantastic win in their second match of the Atlantic Cup as they beat current Danish champions Brøndby IF at the Estádio Algarve in Portugal. | read ❯
11 Feb 2022: Brentford B Uncut | Episode Two
Episode Two of Brentford B Uncut picks up following the side's opening match with Breiðablik in Portugal. The side returned to training to prepare for their second encounter with current Danish champions Brøndby IF which took place on Tuesday at the Estádio Algarve. Hear from Brentford B Assistant Coach Sam Saunders as well as midfielder Max Haygarth as they discuss the side's tour so far. | read ❯
11 Feb 2022: Team News: Peart-Harris starts as Brentford B take on Halmstads BK
Team news as Brentford B take on Swedish side Halmstads BK in an 11am kick-off in the Atlantic Cup. | read ❯
11 Feb 2022: Match Report and Match Highlights: Brentford B 1 - Halmstads BK 2
Brentford B ended their Atlantic Cup campaign with a frustrating 2-1 defeat to Swedish side Halmstads BK at the Estádio Municipal de Albufeira in Portugal. | read ❯
12 Feb 2022: Match Gallery: Brentford B V Halmstads BK
Take in the best of the pictures as Brentford B were narrowly beaten in their final match of the Atlantic Cup against Halmstads. The match took place at the Estádio Municipal de Albufeira on Friday in the Algarve as Nathan Young-Coombes grabbed yet another goal for the young Bees. | read ❯
13 Feb 2022: Reaction: Neil Macfarlane Post-Halmstads BK
Brentford B Head Coach Neil MacFarlane felt his side certainly deserved more from their last encounter in the Atlantic Cup as his side slipped to a 2-1 loss to Swedish side Halmstads BK. The Bees went ahead through Nathan Young-Coombes but a difficult 10 minutes saw the opponents get in front. Brentford created a host of chances throughout the match but were unable to make their dominance pay. | read ❯
13 Feb 2022: Reaction: Dom Jefferies Post-Halmstads BK
Brentford B's Dom Jefferies says the Atlantic Cup campaign has served as more crucial learning for the young players. The young Bees were narrowly beaten by Swedish side Halmstads BK in their final match and Dom believes the side deserved more from the match. | read ❯
16 Feb 2022: Brentford B Uncut | Episode Three - The Final Game
Brentford B's final match of their Atlantic Cup campaign saw them face Swedish side Halmstads BK at the Estádio Municipal de Albufeira. Having gained confidence from their impressive win over Danish champions Brøndby IF, could the side pick up another fine result in Portugal in their final match? Go behind the scenes as we bring you access to B Team Head Coach Neil MacFarlane's team talk, training footage, as well as the view from the players' perspective. | read ❯
23 Feb 2022: Brentford B Uncut | Episode Four
The fourth and final installment of Brentford B's time in Portugal allows the staff and players the opportunity to reflect on a fantastic experience in the Atlantic Cup as the side took on three senior teams in Breiðablik, Brøndby IF and Halmstads BK. | read ❯
HOW WAS THE EXPERIENCE AT BROWNS?
"We really enjoyed our stay at Browns whilst participating in the Atlantic Cup.
Susana was extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble.
It was certainly been a 10 days that will live long in the memory"
— James Purdue
(Brentford Football Club B Team's Strength and Conditioning Coach)
In Browns’ Testimonial Book
Question: The fixtures (in England) generally they're pretty much once a week but this is a football tournament and you need to always train your body to go again and again.
"Yeah, we've got all the facilities here that we needed to push on and train, hard train well and be prepared for the games. The food, the gym… We've had everything that we needed to do."
— Dominic Jefferies
(Brentford Football Club B Team's Midfielder)
In a Interview post-Halmstads BK that you can view in this video ❯
Neil Macfarlane | find out more ❯
INFO ON THE CUP
The Atlantic Cup is a pre/mid season football tournament held in Algarve, Portugal for European football clubs from national leagues which do not operate in the winter months. It therefore consists mainly of teams from Scandinavia, Northern and Central Europe.
It was founded in 2011 by former footballers Stefan Schwarz (ex-Arsenal, Benfica and Sweden midfielder) and Brian Horne (ex-Millwall goalkeeper).
The competition runs as one group in a league format with the team that accumulates the most points lifting the trophy.
The following teams competed in the Atlantic Cup in 2022:
- Breiðablik UBK from Iceland
- Brentford B from England
- Brøndby IF from Denmark
- FC København from Denmark
- FC Midtjylland from Denmark
- FC Zenit from Russia
- Halmstads BK from Sweden
- Vålerenga IF from Norway