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FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP Forum: sports values to make the world better

“It is important for us so that each person has a chance to be engaged in both amateur and professional football. And we would like to have more opportunities for this,” FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP project participants wrote in their letter to the heads of the most influential sports organizations. During the first social forum of children’s football teams which finished in London on May 25, 2013, they spoke on how to make life better through football.

Young athletes represented the eight major principles of FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP: traditions, peace, friendship, victory, equality, health, fairness and devotion. They agreed to incorporate as many people from around the globe as possible into the football movement and the values it represents.

The main team, the members of which signed the document, was headed by the legendary Franz Beckenbauer or «Kaiser Franz», one of the most famous football players and coaches of the world. Eight young athletes signed it on behalf of their respective countries: Gocha Gogrichiani from Russia, Jordan Ikala from the UK, Yannick David Debrah from Germany, Aleksandar Nikolov from Bulgaria, Marcell Kovács from Hungary, Nemanja Živanović from Serbia, Zala Meršnikfrom Slovenia and Antonios Oikonomopoulos from Greece. The open letter was also signed by Franz Beckenbauer, the Global Ambassador of FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP, Vyacheslav Krupenkov, Senior Managing Director of GAZPROM Germania GmbH and Matt Barlow, Daily Mail reporter and international sports expert.

The project and Forum are aimed at using sport as a means of making children and teenagers interested in living a healthy lifestyle and, at the same time, teaching them tolerance and respect to other cultures and nationalities. This initiative became part of the Gazprom to Children programme implemented by ОАО Gazprom.

At the Forum, Russia was represented by children and youth teams from the host cities of 2018 World Cup, as well as the winners of Gazprom Olympiads and finalists of the Flame creative contest. In London, they met their European peers from the leading clubs: German Schalke 04, the UK’s Chelsea FC, Serbian Crvena Zvezda, Hungarian Vasas, Greek Panathinaikos, Slovenian Maribor and Bulgarian Levski. The event was conducted on the morning of the UEFA Champions League final and the young participants then saw for themselves the final at Wembley Stadium in the evening.

Figures on the FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP Forum:

670 participants, including:
480 children
8 countries
25 cities
31 teams
34 media partners.


Participating cities:

11 cities to host 2018 World Cup:

  1. Moscow
  2. St. Petersburg
  3. Kaliningrad
  4. Yekaterinburg
  5. Saransk
  6. Samara
  7. N. Novgorod
  8. Kazan
  9. Volgograd
  10. Rostov-on-Don
  11. Sochi

These cities presented teams, recommended by the authorities of the regions that will host 2018 World Cup in Russia. Among them there are academies of professional football clubs, Olympic reserve sports schools and boarding schools for orphans.

Cities – participants of children’s Olympiads 2011-2012, and Flame Festival

  1. Surgut
  2. Yugorsk
  3. Orenburg
  4. Tomsk
  5. Chaikovskiy
  6. Novy Urengoy
  7. Makhachkala

The Gazprom group in the project was represented by the winners of the summer and winter children’s Olympiads 2011-2012 (first 5 places in team’s overall victory), and the finalists of the Flame Festival. 

Among them:

Olympiad winners –

ООО «Gazprom Transgaz Yugorsk»
ООО «Gazprom Transgaz Moscow»
ООО «Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg»
ООО «Gazprom Transgaz Tomsk»
ООО «Gazprom Dobycha Orenburg»
ООО «Gazprom Dobycha Yamburg»

Winners of the Flame Festival –

ООО «NPC Podzemgidromineral» – ensemble «Aktash»
ООО «Gazprom Transgaz Chaikovskiy» – ensemble «Solnyshko» ООО «Gazprom Transgaz Nizhny Novgorod» – ensemble «Yunost» ООО «Gazprom VNIIGAZ» – ensemble «Double Tone »
ООО «Gazprom Transgaz Surgut» – ensemble «Kamerton»

European participating cities:

  1. Gelsenkirchen (Germany)
  2. London (UK)
  3. Sofia (Bulgaria)
  4. Athens (Greece)
  5. Budapest (Hungary)
  6. Maribor (Slovenia)
  7. Belgrade (Serbia)

The European participants were represented by the sports academies of the leading football clubs: German Schalke 04, the UK’s Chelsea FC, Serbian Crvena Zvezda, Hungarian Vasas Kubala, Greek Panathinaikos, Slovenian Maribor and Bulgarian Levski.

Football for friendship” International press-center
Contact us:
Alexander Petrusevich, head of the FFF International press-center
Email: fff-presscenter@gazprom-football.com
Tel.: + 7 (495) 621-11-56

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