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, 240 Meet the World tournaments have been played in 43 countries, with around 30,000 players. We are very proud that we have been able to bring 4,000 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.
Jana Tuga is 15 years old and is the goalkeeper for JK Tabasalu (Girls U15) from Tallinn. JK Tabasalu won the SKF Meet the World tournament in Estonia.
What’s is like being a goalkeeper?
Sometimes you have to be crazy to be a goalkeeper, but it’s a fantastic feeling to be the leader of the team and to save goals.
What’s your football ambition?
I’d like to play in Spain or Portugal.
What do you think of the Gothia Cup?
It’s very cool and it’s fun. There are many people who are so friendly. It feels like I’m at home. I’ve made new friends from Brazil, Italy, Portugal, England.
What’s the best part of your stay in Sweden?
The opening ceremony. I was very excited. It was beautiful. I liked it very much.
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