Did you know that…

Some facts aren’t always important to know but they are often fun to read. Things like, who invented the name Gothia Cup and how many meat balls do the participants eat. Here are some not-so-important facts about the Gothia Cup.

  • Gothia Cup was started in 1975 as a joint project between the football clubs BK Häcken and Gais collaborating with the newspaper Arbetet. 1981, Gais left the co-operation due to bad profitability. Since then BK Häcken is the single owner of the tournament.
  • Already the very first year girls were welcome to take part. Unique for the time but it was a great success. After 5 years the tournament held 6 different age classes for girls.
  • In 1976 USA took part for the first time with the club Texas Longhorns. USA is the second largest country during the years at the Gothia Cup (after Germany).
  • 1978 Gothia Cup tried to increase with a class for old boys. Although players like Bobby Charlton, Uwe Seeeler and Kurt Hamrin took part the age class didn’t get any follow up
  • Africa took part for the first time in 1980 with the club Ysfon Stars. An immediate success that attracted thousands of spectators to each game.
  • Two times the Gothia Cup has been visited by Brasilian world champions. In 1982 Bellini and in 1987 Falcao.
  • The worst weather ever was in 1998 when the ever pouring rain made the organisation to change fields for over 1500 games. Most rain during one day was in 1988 when 95 millimeters fell over Gothenburg.
  • Best weather was in 1994 one says. Not a single cloud in one week.
  • 1995 saw the first Gothia Cup on grass fields only. That year the new playing center Kviberg was inaugurated.
  • The most successful club ever at the tournament is IF Brommapojkarna from Sweden with 16 victories. The club is also the one with most teams taking part.
  • The Opening Ceremony the very first year was held at Valhalla soccer field. Between the years 1976 and 1983 the place was Liseberg and after that Götaplatsen on the Avenue. From 1987 until now the Opening Ceremony has been held at the Ullevi Stadium. A total crowd of 720.000 spectators has been to the stadium for the ceremony.
  • Six countries have been represented every year: Sweden, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Finland and England.
  • The best team until now is Tahuichi of 1984. 8 of the players from that team did represent the national team of Bolivia at the World Cup in USA 1994.
  • The most popular meal at the schools is meatballs with mashed potatoes. In total the players eat 205 000 meatballs.
  • The players are served 422 000 meals.
  • An average year about 22,000 goals are scored, that is more than 5 goals per match.
  • In total about 5000 games are played.
  • 920  footballs are used.
  • Gothia Cup Leaders Party is visited by 3,200 football coaches and leaders
  • 50 000 visits to Liseberg are made by the players.
  • Gothia Cup has 36 agents in 39 countries to promote the tournament
  • All 2,000 officials accomplish 2 days of training before the tournament
  • 10 persons work full time with the organisation of Gothia Cup.
  • Our web site (www.gothiacup.se) is visited by more than 10 million people every year.
  • To get to Gothenburg, participants spend SEK 82 million on plane tickets.
  • More than 1 000.000 players have taken part in the Gothia Cup during the years.
  • In Kongo-Brazzaville (Africa) Gothia Cup is managing football schools for boys and girls. Today the football schools are as much ordinary schools as well. More than 600 young people are members.
  • Both the Gothia Cup Villages have two full-size fields and club houses.
  • The greatest media coverage we’ve had was in 2004 when Sven-Goran Eriksson visited the tournament and at the same time presented a mixed teams between the Palestinians and the Israelis – the Peace Team. These news topped even BBC broadcasts.
  • The following players have one thing in common; they have won the Gothia Cup as well as they took part at the World Cup 2006: Xabi Alonso (Spain), Adebayor (Togo), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Ze Roberto (Brazil), José Montiel (Paraguay), Kim Källström (Sweden) and Teddy Lucic (Sweden).
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