Business Directory

Browse the Directory

Sign Up to the Directory

FC Business Twitter
FC business Linked in
FC Business facebook
FC Business Youtube

Franz Beckenbauer Kicks Off Gazprom’s ‘Football for Friendship’ Campaign

Fri 26th Apr 2013 | Football Sponsorship

Russian gas major Gazprom, official Partner of the UEFA Champions League, has launched an international social project called “Football for Friendship”.

The project is supported by one of the world’s most illustrious football players and coaches, Franz Beckenbauer.

The aim of the project is to promote essential values embodied by football with the younger generation, such as respect for other cultures and nationalities, equality and a healthy lifestyle through the love of sport.

Football for Friendship brings together boys and girls aged 10 to 16, and youth football teams from eight European countries – the UK, Germany, Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovenia and Greece. The children will work in four groups.

The first comprises 11 football teams from the 11 Russian cities which will host games at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, among them two teams from orphanages. The second group consists of football teams from sports schools and academies at the clubs which Gazprom supports, such as FC Zenit St. Petersburg, Chelsea FC, FC Schalke 04 and Crvena Zvezda Belgrade.

The third group will be formed from the winners of Gazprom’s children’s sports competition and creative contest «Flame», while the fourth group will consist of teams of participating countries in the gas pipeline project «South Stream» (Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovenia and Greece).

The culmination of the project will be the international Forum of children’s football teams, which will take place on the 24-26 of May in London.

“The support of the development of children’s sport is one of the priorities of Gazprom’s social policy,” said Gazprom Chairman Alexey Miller.

“Giving the younger generation a possibility to unlock talents and to instill in children love for healthy lifestyle means creating a secure foundation for harmonious development.

“Football is popular all over the world. Its language is universal, understood by all people, no matter which nationality, religion or race. Through Football for Friendship, children will experience the magic of team play and mutual respect, which are essential values for their future lives”

“Football is about fairness. It does not know any boundaries. And it creates life-long friendships,” added Franz Beckenbauer. “The Football for Friendship project has a lot to do with teaching kids to overcome national and racial boundaries, about a healthy lifestyle, team work, and winning and losing together. Instilling these values in children across Europe is a worthy cause which I am proud to support”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

To subscribe to our range of football newsletters including news, products and jobs CLICK HERE.





If you have any football business related news stories you’d like to share then please contact us – agourley@fcbusiness.co.uk

Add to: Google Google | Yahoo Yahoo | Live Live | del.icio.us del.icio | Digg Digg |

Related Articles

Costa Cruises & Juventus: Made In Italy Sets Sail For Asia

Thu 21st Sep 2017 | Football Sponsorship

Italian club Juventus has announced a new Regional Partnership in Asia with Costa Cruises, part of the Carnival Corporation & Plc group, which will see the Made in Italy brand extend to China and...

Angry Birds becomes Everton’s first shirt sleeve partner

Mon 18th Sep 2017 | Football Sponsorship

Everton has signed a multi-year shirt sleeve partnership with Rovio Entertainment - the games giant behind the Angry Birds franchise. The Angry Birds logo will debut on the left sleeve of the Everton...

Crystal Palace Gets To Grip With Apollo Tyres Partnership

Thu 14th Sep 2017 | Football Sponsorship

Crystal Palace FC has announced Apollo Tyres as the Official Tyre Partner of the Club. Throughout the partnership with Crystal Palace, Apollo Tyres will have a significant presence at all the...

AFC Fylde Launches Innovative Education Programme With Mcdonald’s

Fri 8th Sep 2017 | Football Sponsorship

AFC Fylde Community Foundation is launching a new partnership with McDonald’s, to deliver a unique education programme for football coaches throughout Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. Launching in...