At Dragão stadium in Porto city, the Young Ambassadors of Gazprom’s International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship presented the main award of the Programme – the Nine Values Cup – to the Brazilian national football team. The unique trophy symbolizes the Nine Values of Football for Friendship – friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions, and honour. The Award Ceremony of the took place on the threshold of a friendly match between Panama and Brazil.
The following participants of the previous Football for Friendship seasons have arrived at the presentation ceremony: Swan Drame (13 y.o., France), Catarina Barata (13 y.o., Portugal), Miguel Borges (19 y.o., Portugal), Denis Aladev (13 y.o., Russia). The Young Ambassadors told the Secretary General of the Brazilian Football Confederation Mr. Walter Feldman and the Manager of Technical Development and Social Responsibility of the Brazilian national football team Mr. Diogo Netto about history and meaning of the unique trophy.
The Brazilian national football team was deemed worthy of the Nine Values Cup in the result of an open vote where the Young Participants from 211 countries and regions of the world took their part. The Football for Friendship participants have acknowledged the Brazilian national team as the most socially responsible from 32 national football teams, which participated in the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.
The Brazilian national football team is the fifth winner of the Nine Values Cup. Since 2015, the trophy has been presented to football teams of Barcelona (Spain), Bayern Munich (Germany), Al Wahda (Syria) and Real Madrid (Spain).
The International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship has been implemented by Gazprom since 2013. The main values promoted by the programme participants are friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions, and honour. Its participants are Young Players (boys and girls including those with disabilities and special needs) and Young Journalists covering the events of the Football for Friendship within the International Children’s Press Centre. The final events of the Football for Friendship programme will be taking place in Madrid from May 28 up to June 02, 2019.
“The Nine Values Cup is a completely new, genuinely unusual trophy that shall be presented for the adherence to values of the programme, such as fairness, devotion, and traditions. These are the milestones literally close to everyone covering both children and adults over the planet. This year’s Trophy was for the first time presented to the team from Latin America – yet another proof that there are no borders for football and friendship!” commented Mr. Walter Feldman, Secretary General of the Brazilian Football Confederation.
“I am very happy that the Football for Friendship programme gave me an opportunity to meet the members of the national team and even present the Nine Values Cup to them in person! I think that one cannot become a successful person with no following for the universal human values. The more people in the world will speak about, discuss and attract the attention to them, the better our life will become. The Nine Values Cup is a symbol of friendship, unity and responsible attitude to the society we live in for the children all around the world,” says Catarina Barata, a Young Participant of the Football for Friendship.