Gazprom, official partner of the UEFA Champions League, has launched the fourth edition of the Football For Friendship project. Since the first edition of the project in 2013, the number of participating countries has quadrupled, with eight new countries joining the twenty-four that participated last year. In 2016, youth soccer teams from thirty-two countries participated, including the United Kingdom.
“The number of participants in the Football For Friendship project and the countries they represent is growing every year, with even more young players from the Western Hemisphere joining this year for the first time. This season we are represented worldwide. The project is an excellent place for teenagers with different cultural backgrounds, customs and traditions to know each other, understanding and respect,” said Alexey Miller, chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee.
“The Nine Values Cup which is awarded by the participants of the Football For Friendship project is a sculpture of a young football player with the earth in the shape of a soccer ball in his hands. In my opinion it is such a good imagination of football and sports values in general. the statuette therefore contributes to the promotion of football and sports among the youth, “said Franz Beckenbauer , the patron of the project.