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.
Hugo leads the team during the final 2013
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.
On September 10th the registration for Gothia Cup 2014 opened. As in previous years there were many who sat up at midnight to secure a place in the tournament. The first registration came as early as 1 minute after midnight and during the first day no less than 200 teams registered.
The first team to register for this year’s tournament was Kode IF from Gothenburg who will attend the class Boys 13. The first foreign team was V. V. Heljen from Holland who enrolled in Boys 15. In total more than 300 teams from 15 nation has already registered. This just two days after the registration opened.
You can now register your team to Gothia Cup 2014. From today (10th of September) the registration for the 40th annual Gothia World Youth Cup is open.
Gothia Cup 2014 will be played between the 13 – 19 July.
Gothia Cup and UNICEF Sweden´s inventive campaign launched in Gothenburg mid July reached more than a billion people all over the world within three weeks and helped spread knowledge about the need for clean water among the children of the world.
To highlight the fact that 780 million people in the world lack access to clean water, UNICEF Sweden together with Gothia Cup, the world’s biggest youth soccer tournament and with support of the PR agency Deportivo launched a new, rather strange invention: a sweat machine. The machine transforms sweat to potable water – cleaner than the one running from the tap. Today, one month later, the campaign message has reached more than a billion people all over the world. On Twitter alone, the reach is approaching a hundred million.
Next year we celebrate our 40th anniversary. The tournament will be held between July 13th – 19th 2014
Boys 18 Boys born 1/1-96 and later
Boys 16 Boys born 1/1-98 and later
Boys 15 Boys born 1/1-99 and later
Boys 14 Boys born 1/1-00 and later
Boys 13 Boys born 1/1-01 and later
Boys 12 Boys born 1/1-02 and later (7-a side)
Boys 11 Boys born 1/1-03 and later (7-a side)
Girls 19 Girls born 1/1-95 and later
Girls 17 Girls born 1/1-97 and later
Girls 15 Girls born 1/1-99 and later
Girls 14 Girls born 1/1-00 and later
Girls 13 Girls born 1/1-01 and later
Girls 12 Girls born 1/1-02 and later (7-a side)
Registrations for the Gothia Cup 2014 will be open on September 10th.
Now you can see all the finals from Gothia Cup 2013 again. The finals are available in full on YouTube and you can find them easily through the link below.
See all finals here
37.000 players and 15.000 leaders and parents from 75 nations are now on their way home. 2.500 staff members get to have some vacation and at the Gothia Cup office the tournament is being evaluated and summarized.
“It has been a fantastic week”, Says the Gothia Cup general Dennis Andersson. After 34 years he knows what he is talking about. “Off course the weather has e big role to play but it also takes that the players, leaders and staff makes an extra effort. Something they really showed this week”. Dennis Andersson also talks about the big success with the new Gothia Arena at Heden, he points out that is has been a big part of the success. ”Some of the group stage games had over 10.000 spectators. Amazing numbers if you think about it”.
In total over 4.000 games where played and over 20.000 goals where scored. And not a single drop of water fell from the sky.
” I cant remember a more calm and better organized tournament” says the tournament director Lena Rönnefors who wants to give a extra thank you to all the staff members. “Without you it could never have been a tournament like this”
Now its just a few weeks vacation until the planning starts for the big 40th anniversary.
We would like to give you all a big thank you. We hope you bring a lot of great memories from this years Gothia Cup back home and welcome back for the 40th anniversary of Gothia World Youth Cup.