Tuesday 25 April 2017

Tragic Berkeley balcony victim Niccolai Schuster has schoolboy cup named in his honour

German World Cup star Bastian Schweinsteiger and Niccolai Schuster
German World Cup star Bastian Schweinsteiger and Niccolai Schuster
The Schuster family, mother Graziella, brother Alexei and father John flanked by DDSL vice chairman Mick Kennedy, on left and Secretary Fran Ray, on right, at the presentation of the Schuster Cup to the league in a presentation ceremony at CYM Terenure

BERKELEY balcony victim Niccolai Schuster, one of six Irish students who died in the tragic accident in July, is to have a DDSL Cup named in his honour.

The former Rangers AFC player will have his name perpetuated and contested at Under 17 level after  his family, represented by father John, mother Graziella and brother Alexei, presented the Schuster Cup to the league on behalf of Niccolai’s former club Rangers FC.

DDSL League Secretary Fran Ray and vice-chairman Mick Kennedy accepted the trophy  at CYM Terenure on Sunday where they heard Niccolai’s father John give a glowing eulogy on their talented Bayern Munich supporting son who was as passionate about life as he was about his football.


“We are proud to accept this beautiful trophy, the Schuster Cup, on behalf of the league and it will hold a place of special importance for us,” said league secretary Fran Ray.

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Rangers FC were hit with a double tragedy as Niccolai’s Rangers team mate Eoghan Culligan also lost his life in the accident in California.

A club spokesman said: “We are in the process of recognising the contribution Eoghan made to Rangers FC and we  are fully committed as a club to honour his memory in a similarily appropriate way.”

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