The Gothia Cup has been traveling the world during this spring, visiting every continent in our planet. The third stop was in Pune, India.
The Gothia Cup promotion movie.
Eddie Ottosson is 14 years old and goes to the Katrineberg School Football Academy in Mölndal. Eddie is playing football in Fässbergs IF U14. Already in the Gothia Cup in 2012 he got to know the Javan Hawk Football Academy from Jakarta, Indonesia. On the sports field next to Eddie’s school, team held their training sessions. Eddie was there and followed the team’s trainings and matches from the side of the pitch.
The common denominator, love for football, made Eddie and the team become friends, despite some language difficulties. But with the help of Google Translate they managed to keep in touch on Facebook even after the Javan Hawk went back home to Jakarta.
When it was a fact that the Javan Hawk would come back o Gothia Cup 2013 and stay at the same school again, Eddie didn’t have to think twice before he run to his Indonesian friends to greet them.
During the tournament, Eddie followed the team every day and after the tournament Eddie got a promise to come to Indonesia and play with ” Javan Hawk” in an international football tournament in Jakarta in December.
In autumn an invitation came to Eddie where he was invited to Jakarta to play Javan Hawk Youth Cup in 2013. Eddie was also offered to bring along some friends and one representative from their team. Javan Hawk Football Academy wanted to start an exchange between a Swedish and an Indonesian football club.
On December 13, Eddie leaves for Jakarta with two of his friends, his father Marcus and the team’s coach in order to initiate a new football adventure.
“It’s about football across borders” says Marcus Olsson, Eddie’s dad. Dino Koeshandery, manager and owner of the Javan Hawk Football Academy says, I have invited “Mr Nokia” and refers to Nokia’s slogan “connecting people”.
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During Oktober the Gothia Cup visited Paris, France. We brought the camera when we visited some clubs and dear friends.
The first time a team from Iceland visited the Gothia Cup was in 1978. It was then the fourth time the Gothia Cup was organized and the only team representing Iceland participated together with 400 other teams from 20 nations. The club that attended was called IV and competed in the B12 age category. Since then, over 300 teams have represented Iceland.
Today far more teams represent Iceland every year. The largest representation was in 2010 when a total of 33 teams participated.
At the end of October this year the Gothia Cup visited Iceland to make new contacts and to visit old friends and our agent. The Gothia Cup has for many years been working with the travel agency Vita Travel and along with their representative Ludvik Arnarson we got to meet many clubs that have great interest in participating in the Gothia Cup. Both teams that have been involved before and teams that plan to attend for the first time.
One of the clubs we visited was IBV from the Westman Islands located on Iceland ‘s south coast. The island is located within the southern Icelandic volcano zone and has repeatedly been badly hit by volcanic eruptions. Last time was when the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted in 2010. Then large amounts of ash drew in and lay like a cover over the island. And it was not only the Westman Islands that were affected. A large part of the European air traffic was cancelled for over a month due to all the ash in the air.
The worst hit was in 1973 when the volcano Eldfell erupted on the island. Luckily, due to bad weather all fishing boats had being based in the port and all of the island’s inhabitants could be evacuated during the night. However, a large part of the island’s buildings were buried in lava and the island got a whole new landscape. As late as one year after the eruption the first residents were able to move back to the island.
Today there are about 4000 inhabitants on the island and the majority is working within the fishing industry. On the island only one football club, IBV, is represented. The men team plays in Iceland’s highest league and in the youth department they have no less than 800 members, this despite the island’s small population.
The club’s home ground is a fantastic location with large rocks in the background and is often named one of the world’s most beautiful playing field.
The club goes every year to the Gothia Cup with 2-6 teams and in 2014 the club will be represented in two different age categories.
We thank you all for your nice hiospitality and an extra big thanks to Helga and Ludvik who took care of us during our stay. We hope we get to meet you all again next summer at the Gothia Cup.
Last summer the Gothia Cup and UNICEF campaign Sweat for water was an international sensation.
The world’s first sweat machine was launched at Heden during Gothia Cup and has a media reach of over one billion people worldwide. Only on Twitter the range was of 94 million people.
One of the world’s most successful water campaigns has now been rewarded twice in the ”100-wattaren”, (an advertising competition) where the best efficient advertising campaigns in Sweden are being hailed.
The PR agency Deportivo, in partnership with UNICEF and Gothia Cup, won the international category and also received the second prize in the Non-Profit category.
- It is obviously great to be noticed and praised by the industry. Even better is that our joint campaign has had such an impact, says Dennis Andersson, general secretary for Gothia Cup.
The jury’s verdict:
” Getting international attention by letting people drink water is great. Getting sweaty teenagers to help 23 million gallons of water in the most vulnerable parts of the world is bigger. “
Watch the movie about the campaign here
20 -year-old Hugo himself has never played the Gothia Cup. But the feeling of lifting the trophy, he can describe better than many others. Last summer, he won his third Gothia Cup title as a trainer. Now he is aiming for his fourth title.
- It’s probably a little unique, and of course it it’s fun, says Hugo Berggren.
The amazing story started in 2008. Hugo, who played football in one of Djurgården’s youth teams, was asked to help his father Henry to train his little sister Klara in Värtans IK’s girls’ team.
- Of course I accepted, it is so much fun to help and educate and lift others, says Hugo.
Just two years later it was time for the family Berggren to win the first gold in the Gothia Cup. The following year (2011) they defended the team title in Gothenburg.
- Gothia Cup is very unique, super cool and it is always high-class resistance. It makes people evaluate the winners a little extra.
The success whetted the appetite and resulted in many important contacts. While his sister Klara advanced to Djurgården’s women team, Hugo accepted an adventure in Shanghai, China.
- I worked there as a coach for six months. We kept to the same plant as the Chinese men’s national team. There I meet with their coach, a Spaniard who has a past in Real Madrid, says Hugo.
Tell me more about life coaching in China, how was it?
- There are huge resources in this country. They have the money and all the assets required. What is missing really is the cutting-edge expertise and this they take from abroad.
Last spring, he was back in Sweden and rather soon AIK got in contact with the young and talented coach. The club offered him to train the girls born in 1999/2000.
The team was previously registered for the Gothia Cup of 2013. As a two-time champion he had a pretty good routine to share from his bench position. The tournament was a success. Their play gave them a place in the G14 class final. And there they met a very hard resistance – Benson Soccer (USA). AIK won 2-0 and for the third time in four years Hugo was celebrating a final victory in the world’s biggest youth tournament.
- Ha ha, absolutely incredible. Gothia Cup is so cool, there is where you want to be, says Hugo that next year will begin to study law full time.
But you’re not going to quit as coach, are you?
- No, I will continue. It’s just too much fun.
Will it be a Gothia Cup for you next year?
- Of course it will, trying to win the tournament for the fourth time would be a real challenge.
My thanks to Urban Emilsson at the Swedish newspaper Damfotboll, who told me about Hugo’s successes.