Gothia Cup is a meeting place for young people from all over the world. Together with our main partner, SKF, we want to give underprivileged children, who otherwise cannot afford to travel to Sweden, the chance to come to Gothenburg and be part of the world’s largest youth football tournament.
So, in 2007 we started the Meet the World pre-tournaments. They are arranged each year in over 20 countries where you can find SKF.
Since the start, 220 Meet the World tournaments have been played in 42 countries, with over 27,000 players. We are very proud that we have been able to bring more than 3,500 of them to Gothenburg and Gothia Cup, so they can share their love for football.
Afterwards, they leave Sweden with lifelong memories and friendships, as well as an even better understanding of why teamwork, responsibility, equal opportunetiy and having fun across borders are important.
Teddy Champion is 17 years old and is the captain for IME le nid des bois Manou from near Châtres. IME le nid des bois Manou won the SKF Meet the World Special Olympics tournament in France to qualify for the Kim Källström Trophy.
How long have you been playing football?
I’ve been playing football for five years. My team mates and I play as much as we can.
What do you do when you’re not playing football?
I work with parks and forest maintenance.
What’s been the highlight of your visit to Sweden?
We’ve had a lot of fun. It’s been awesome. We’ve met more players that we didn’t know before.
Any other messages you’d like to share with the world?
We’re proud to be representing France. We’ve had a great week and it’ll be a memory for life.