Roberto Carlos, Real Madrid and Brazil Legend, World Cup winner and 3 times UEFA Champions League Winner became the Global Ambassador of the Gazprom International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship.
In 2019, Carlos personally talked with the participants and coaches of the children’s teams, awarded the winners of the Football for Friendship World Championship. He also participated in the key events of the programme that took place within the framework of the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid.
This year, Roberto Carlos together with Young Participants promotes the values of Football for Friendship across the globe as the Global Ambassador.
“Football for Friendship is a unique project that gives equal opportunities for all children in the world. Every year, it unites girls and boys on the field of a real international tournament, teaches them to communicate with peers from different countries. It gives them this positive experience, and helps them succeed in life,” – notes Roberto Carlos.
The new international educational and gaming online Football for Friendship platform will include the International Friendship Camp, the International Children’s Press Center, the Forum for children’s team coaches, and the multiplayer mobile game F4F World. This way, the participants will have the opportunity to participate in all the traditional final events of the Eighth Season of Football for Friendship and gain valuable experience. The 2020 Football for Friendship eWorld Championship will become the key event.
About the programme:
The International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship is implemented by Gazprom since 2013. Over the previous seven seasons, the programme has united over 6 000 participants from 211 countries and regions and over 5 000 000 supporters.
Young Players and Young Journalists are the participants of the programme – boys and girls aged 12 including children with disabilities. Young Players represent different countries and cultures united in the mixed teams. They show that nationality, gender, and physical abilities aren’t a barrier to becoming a team. Young Journalists cover the events of the programme in the International Children’s Press Center. All participants become Young Ambassadors of the programme and continue to share their Football for Friendship experience and promote universal human values: friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions, and honour.
UEFA, FIFA, football federations and the world’s leading football clubs, international charity foundations, famous athletes, politicians, and artists support Football for Friendship. The project has received multiple national and international awards in the field of social responsibility, sports, and communications, including the world record for the most nationalities in a football training session in history.
In 2020, Football for Friendship will be held in the online format. A special digital platform will unite over 10 000 players of all ages. It will become the home for international children’s competitions and a playground where anyone will be able to train, join into the international mixed teams and play their favourite game in the Football for Friendship format without leaving the comfort of their home.