For the fourth consecutive year, we are hosting the FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup: an international football competition for talented young football players around the world. The best of the best, recruited from preliminary local competitions, go on to compete at the Allianz Arena – the home of FC Bayern Munich.
This year, teams from China, Thailand, Japan, Austria and the United States will be challenging the defending champion, Germany, for the title. Japan and the United States came in second and third place respectively in the 2014 FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup finals, and we expect lively competition again this year!
Over the past months, selection tournaments were held in China, Thailand and Japan to locate the best young footballers to represent their countries.
In China, we partnered with China Central Television 5 (“CCTV5”) to run the selection tournament, called “Who is the King”. Hundreds of talented Chinese players competed in the tournament to earn one of ten spots on the China team.
Mr. Paul Breitner, Brand Ambassador of FC Bayern said, “China is one of the most important growth markets for FC Bayern, and we’re pleased to have a partner like Yingli to help us become more established in the region.” He added, “By partnering with Yingli to give China’s most promising youth footballers the opportunity to compete at the Allianz Arena, we are helping to develop a strong football culture in China.”
Together with Football Association of Thailand, a South East Asia Youth Cup team was formed again this year, after a successful debut in 2014. The selection event was held at the Polo Football Park located at Pathum Wan, Bangkok, and the top ten selected youth players will go on to represent Thailand in the Youth Cup finals.
“We are thrilled that, as an Official Platinum Partner of FC Bayern, we can use this powerful sports marketing platform to inspire young athletes in Thailand and around the world,” Mrs. Judy Tzeng Lee, VP of Global Marketing of Yingli Green Energy said.
“As Yingli becomes a world leader in solar, we also wish to become a world leader in creating positive social impact for our children and the environment.”
The selection of the Japan Youth Cup team was held at the Shichigahama Soccer Stadium in Miyagi Prefecture. Werner Kern, head of the FC Bayern Munich youth program, attended the tournament and handpicked the top ten youth talents to represent Japan in the global competition.
These three outstanding teams from Asia will travel to Germany in May to compete in the FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup 2015. Will they defeat the defending champion, Germany and the other teams of finalists? Who do you think will win this year?