Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship Global Ambassador Franz Beckenbauer to share skills with Young Players from around the world in Madrid

Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship Global Ambassador Franz Beckenbauer will participate in the final events of the programme's Seventh Season in Madrid from May 28 to June 2. The events will take place within the framework of the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final.

Madrid will become the capital of the Football for Friendship key events. More than 800 participants from various countries will become part of the final events. This number includes 12-year-old Young Players and Journalists from Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South Americas.

International Friendship Camp provide special classes for the Young Participants. The Camp unites the sports, humanitarian, and educational programmes. They will be able to show the acquired skills at the 2019 Football for Friendship World Championship, where the Young Players become part of the 32 International Teams of Friendship. According to the unique principle of Football for Friendship, children of different nationalities, gender, and physical abilities play on the same team.

For the first time, the International Football for Friendship Forum will form a part of the final events of the programme. Its participants are experts in the field of development of children and youth sports from all over the world. Coaches, children's teams doctors, journalists of the world’s leading media, famous football players, representatives of football academies and federations will discuss the questions of preparing young football players for international competitions, new methods of sports education, principles of forming a successful children's team, ways of professional development of the Young Players.

This year, one of the speakers of the Forum will be the worldwide football legend, two-time Ballon d'Or holder Franz Beckenbauer.

In Madrid, Franz Beckenbauer will meet with the Young Participants of Football for Friendship as the Global Ambassador and will tell them about his sports experience, interesting cases of his professional practice, share the knowledge that beginner athletes need to achieve high results.

The participants of the final events will visit the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid.

"It is a great honor to be a part of the Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship. The values promoted by the Young Participants from different countries are timeless: without the idea of equality, kindness, and fairness you cannot imagine a balanced world. Bringing up children with willingness to cooperate and communicate is the main goal, because the ability to compromise, to find a common language with the most different people is the key to success in life regardless of whether they choose a professional sports career or any other call," says the Football for Friendship Global Ambassador Franz Beckenbauer.

“I am very happy that the Football for Friendship programme gave me an opportunity to meet professional football players and that this year in Madrid I will meet and talk with a real football legend Franz Beckenbauer!  It's great to be a part of such a global project supported by famous athletes from around the world! For me it is a great motivation to follow my dream!" notes Sophie Folds, a 12-year-old Football for Friendship Young Ambassador from Washington (USA).



The International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship has been implemented by Gazprom since 2013. The key values promoted by the programme participants are friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions, and honour. The Football for Friendship is supported by UEFA, FIFA, International Olympic Committee, football federations of different countries, children’s international charity funds, famous athletes, and the leading football clubs of the world. For the previous six seasons, the programme has brought more than 5.5 thousand participants together and acquired over 4.5 million followers including famous athletes, artists and politics.


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