Gothia Cup http://www.gothiacup.se/eng The World Youth Cup Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:44:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Gothia Cup and Unicef in Boliviahttp://www.gothiacup.se/eng/2015/02/gothia-cup-unicef-bolivia/ http://www.gothiacup.se/eng/2015/02/gothia-cup-unicef-bolivia/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:09:18 +0000 http://www.gothiacup.se/eng/?p=8303 Under the signature United for Children the world’s leading children’s rights organization cooperates with the world’s biggest youth football tournament.  UNICEF and the Gothia Cup have activities aimed at children and young people across the world and we share many values. Therefore, we initiated a long-term cooperation and together work for children’s rights. Our joint […]

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Under the signature United for Children the world’s leading children’s rights organization cooperates with the world’s biggest youth football tournament. 

UNICEF and the Gothia Cup have activities aimed at children and young people across the world and we share many values. Therefore, we initiated a long-term cooperation and together work for children’s rights. Our joint objective is that the largest football tournament for children and adolescents also becomes the best out of the children’s perspective. On and off the field, both at home and abroad.

In 2014 and beyond we will be working for children’s rights to express their opinion. Both locally within the tournament and globally. We will also, through UNICEF, support education ventures in Bolivia.

In November last year the Gothia Cup and UNICEF visited the town of Monteagudo, located approximately 400 km south of Santa Cruz. It´s in this area that the Gothia Cup and UNICEF have focused their efforts by contributing to the development of education, transport to and from schools as well as gender equality.

You can see a video from the visit right above this text.

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Record high participation!http://www.gothiacup.se/eng/2015/02/record-high-interest-2015-edition/ http://www.gothiacup.se/eng/2015/02/record-high-interest-2015-edition/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:13:44 +0000 http://www.gothiacup.se/eng/?p=8185 It’s an all-time high interest in the Gothia Cup 2015. Never before have we had so many teams entered at this time of year. Today there are 1520 teams registered which is more than 100 teams more than last year’s record numbers. 55 nations have registered which is also more than ever before. Both of […]

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It’s an all-time high interest in the Gothia Cup 2015. Never before have we had so many teams entered at this time of year.

Today there are 1520 teams registered which is more than 100 teams more than last year’s record numbers. 55 nations have registered which is also more than ever before.

Both of the categories for local teams and teams with own accommodation is complete. The available categories are school accommodation (Cat A) and hotel accommodation through the Gothia Cup (Cat B). These will be kept open until April 10th which is the registration deadline.

In the Kim Källström Trophy there are 26 teams from nine nations registered. Overall, we expect that there will be 30 teams in this class.

We have previously presented the Swedish teams that will participate in our invitational Elite categories, Gothia Tipselit Trophy. The foreign teams in these classes will be presented during the spring.

If you have not already signed up for this year’s Gothia Cup, then it’s time to do it now!

Here you can see a list of the countries that will be represented in this year’s tournamnet

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Stories from the Gothia Cup Village in Congohttp://www.gothiacup.se/eng/2015/02/stories-gothia-cup-village-congo/ http://www.gothiacup.se/eng/2015/02/stories-gothia-cup-village-congo/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:54:23 +0000 http://www.gothiacup.se/eng/?p=8282 Ten years ago, we inaugurated together with Equmenian Church (former Swedish Mission Church) a school in Congo-Brazzaville. Here,  nearly 2,000 children from different ethnic groups can meet and have a peace zone beyond contradictions and civil war. Below you can read about three of these young people’s thoughts and dreams. Kimunu is nine years and is […]

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Ten years ago, we inaugurated together with Equmenian Church (former Swedish Mission Church) a school in Congo-Brazzaville. Here,  nearly 2,000 children from different ethnic groups can meet and have a peace zone beyond contradictions and civil war. Below you can read about three of these young people’s thoughts and dreams.

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Kimunu

Kimunu is nine years and is completing his first year at the Centre Formation Gothia Cup in Brazzaville. Kimunu says he likes the Gothia because here he learns to play football and to be kind to others. Kimunu who lives in the neighborhood around the centre with his parents and two younger sisters have also gained many new friends since he started at Gothia.

When Kimunu grows up, he wants to play football, of course, but also become a police officer. To become a good police one must learn to show respect towards others and not do stupid things tells Kimunu. You can also learn this at Gothia. Kimunu ends the interview  with a mature justification for the police profession choice:

I want to become a police officer to help other people. I want to be a good cop!

Ngoma

Ngoma, who is 14 years old, started at Centre de Formation Gothia Cup in Brazzaville in 2011 because he longed to learn to play soccer. He grew up in a house near the school’s  facilities and has since early age seen the activities and looked forward to be part of it. In 2011 it was then his turn to join. Ngoma says that he actually learns more than football at Gothia, namely to be nice and not fight. Ngomas mother works selling tomatoes on the big market Marché Total in the neighborhood Bascongo and Ngomas dad at a gas station. The leaders tell us that Ngomas dad unfortunately cannot pay for any cost from the activities from Gothia and therefore the centre supports Ngoma with anything he needs to be able to play. Today had Ngoma, for example, a brand new football attire (shorts and t-shirt), as the old one was dirty and torn.

Ngoma dreams, as many other youngsters around the world, of becoming a professional soccer player. Should he not succeed in this, then he will become a car mechanic.

Ngampika

Ngampika

Ngampika Marcelo, 13, is enrolled at the Centre Formation Gothia Cup since 2013. When I ask why Ngampika like the Gothia answers are many:

I get to learn to play football of course. But I also get help with school work, reading practice for instance. I learn also important things for life, for example how I can deal with various problems that may come in life, that I am never alone you know …

Ngampika lives together with his older brother (25) and older sister (18) in a tiny rental apartment. Mom and dad live in a rural area far from the capital Brazzaville. It is obvious when we talk to Ngampika that he misses them.

Ngampika’s big dream is to become a professional soccer player. He knows that in able to get there you must spend a lot of time on the football field and “do what the coaches say.” If he could not manage to turn pro, he wants to be a PE teacher. As a teacher he wants to be as good as his current French teacher.

My french teacher is good because he is always prepared, and he teaches us everything we need. Above all, he is good because he always comes to class. Many school teachers do not come to class. But I will always come to my students and I’ll come in time.

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The line up is taking shapehttp://www.gothiacup.se/eng/2015/02/line-taking-shape/ http://www.gothiacup.se/eng/2015/02/line-taking-shape/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 11:01:34 +0000 http://www.gothiacup.se/eng/?p=8278  At the beginning of February we have 26 teams from 9 nations pre-registered for the upcoming Kim Källström Trophy 2015 and we are waiting for more to come. Slowly we’re getting closer to our goal of 30 teams.  For the first time in the Kim Källström Trophy history Germany is preparing participation. Hungary and Ukraine […]

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 At the beginning of February we have 26 teams from 9 nations pre-registered for the upcoming Kim Källström Trophy 2015 and we are waiting for more to come. Slowly we’re getting closer to our goal of 30 teams. 

For the first time in the Kim Källström Trophy history Germany is preparing participation. Hungary and Ukraine is coming back after a year of absence as well as Uzbekistan. Other nations getting ready are Switzerland, Belgium, Latvia and Denmark, the latter with as many as five teams!

New on the Swedish side is IF Pluss. And of course many of our Swedish friends come back: Fässbergs IF, Grunden Bois, Trollenäs IF, Johannebergs/LillängsskolanIF, Halmstad BK, and Roslagen SOL (former Rånäs 4H)

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