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.
Luan Xiang Ning is 12 years old and is a midfielder for Dalian Bayi Hope Primary School in Dalian, China. Dalian Bayi Hope Primary School won the SKF Meet the World tournament in China.
(Luan Xiang’s coach, Zhang Qian, is also in the picture)
How would you describe your week at the Gothia Cup?
It was a useful and valuable experience. I learnt a lot and exercised my body and mind.
Who is your favourite player?
Messi and the players in the Chinese national team. When I grow up, I want to play for China.
What do you think about Sweden?
It is very clean and the cars stop for you to cross the road.