Gothia Cup

The Gothia Cup is an organized since 1975 by the Gothenburg club BK Hacken and recurring annual football tournament for children aged 11 to 19 years old.

In 1975, the Gothia Cup was held for the first time with 275 teams. In 2011 to 1625 teams ( 37,200 male and female players ) from 80 countries (137 in 1975 ); the proportion of female players was 29 %. In terms of the number of participants, it is the largest football tournament in the world.

The opening ceremony of 2011 saw 51 861, which discharged at the Ullevi Stadium finals followed 28,910 spectators.

2013 took 1,500 teams from 75 countries participated with more than 37,000 players.

The most successful team with 25 tournament victories is Headquartered in Stockholm district of Bromma sports club IF Brommapojkarna. The successful German teams of the FC Teutonia 1919 pastures with four and BV Werther with three tournament victories. Germany, with 20 victories, the third most successful nation behind Sweden (183 ) and the United States (27).

Looking back, many ( future ) professional footballers have emerged from the football tournament. 2005, from the 30 years earlier winners' lists an All -Star team formed, which, inter alia, Alan Shearer, Alan McInally, Zé Roberto and Andrea Pirlo belong.