Football for Friendship: Brazilian National Team Receives Nine Values Cup

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On 25 March 2019, at Dragao stadium in Porto, 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. This unique trophy symbolizes the Nine Values of Football for Friendship – friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions, and honour. The award ceremony took place on the threshold of a friendly match between Panama and Brazil.

Young players and journalists from 211 countries and regions around the world, took part in the open vote resulting in the Brazilian national football team winning the Nine Values Cup. Football for Friendship participants have acknowledged the Brazilian national team as the most socially responsible from all 32 national football teams, who participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

The Brazilian national football team is the fifth winner of the Nine Values Cup. From 2015, the trophy has been presented to the 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. Participants include players (boys and girls including those with disabilities and special needs) and journalists covering the events of Football for Friendship within the International Children’s Press Centre. The final events of the Football for Friendship programme will take place in Madrid from May 28 to June 2, 2019.

“The Nine Values Cup is a completely new, genuinely unusual trophy that is presented for the adherence to the values of the programme, such as fairness, devotion, and traditions. These are the milestones extremely close to everyone including both children and adults over the planet. This year, for the first time a team from Latin America was awarded the trophy – yet another proof that there are no borders for football and friendship!” commented Mr. Walter Feldman, General Secretary of the Brazil National Team.

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