Danone Nations Cup

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Danone Nations Cup
Football pictogram.svg
Founded 2000
Number of teams 32 qualifiers
Current champions  France (2013)
Most successful team(s)  France
Website Official website

The Danone Nations Cup is the world's greatest football tournament for children between the ages of 10 and 12(U12s category); it is organized every year since 2000 on the initiative of Groupe Danone.[1]

Every year, 2.5 million children from over 34,000 schools and 11,000 clubs from around the globe take part in local, regional and then national Danone Nations Cup competitions, before the winners fly off to compete in the grand World Final. In each of the 32 participating countries, Danone's subsidiaries organize their national tournaments in partnership with the local Sports Federations and/or State Education and Sports Ministers.

For 10 years, the tournament has been fortunate enough to have Zinédine Zidane as its ambassador and to benefit from his commitment to high quality football and fair play.

History[edit]

Following the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, Danone decided to create an international football tournament for kids.

Danone Nations Cup World Final was in France (Paris or Lyon) until 2009. The World Finals of the 10th and 11th editions took place at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa: the same year as the FIFA Football World Cup. The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid in 2011 and the National Stadium in Warsaw in 2012 also hosted the competition. For the 14th edition, the thirty - two winning national teams headed to the legendary Wembley Stadium in London. In 2014, the World Cup of the young people will take place in Brazil.

Over the years, the tournament has established itself as a highly respected event with FIFA endorsement. It now enjoys a solid reputation within the world of professional football and partner organizations.

In 2013, the final was goalless (0-0) but France overcame Brazil after a penalty shoot-out. France won its 3rd Danone Nations Cup. South Africa and France are the only teams to have won the tournament 3 times each.

Tournaments[edit]

Year Venue Champion Runner Up
2000 France Parc des Princes, Paris  France  Turkey
2001 France Parc des Princes, Paris  Réunion  Netherlands
2002 France Parc des Princes, Paris  Argentina  Netherlands
2003 France Parc des Princes, Paris  South Africa  Portugal
2004 France Parc des Princes, Paris  Spain  Switzerland
2005 France Stade de Gerland, Lyon  Russia  Turkey
2006 France Stade de Gerland, Lyon  Réunion  Switzerland
2007 France Stade de Gerland, Lyon  South Africa  France
2008 France Parc des Princes, Paris  France  Russia
2009 South Africa Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg  South Africa  Switzerland
2010 South Africa Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg  Mexico  Uruguay
2011 Spain Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid  Brazil  Thailand
2012 Poland National Stadium, Warsaw  South Korea  Japan
2013 England Wembley Stadium, London  France  Brazil

2013 Awards[edit]

  • Fair-play award :  Japan
  • Best player : Hiro  Japan
  • Best goalkeeper : Osvaldo  Mexico
  • Best goal scorer : Bobby  England

References[edit]

  1. ^ Details tournament - rsssf.com

External links[edit]