The 13th edition of the Danone Nations Cup is officially underway.
This year’s young soccer prodigies will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of their idols, as the 2012 international final is being held from September 7-9 in Warsaw, home to the UEFA championship, Euro 2012.
Knowing that Poland has been declared soccer country of the year for 2012 is sure to make the world’s largest international youth soccer tournament for 11 and 12 year-olds an exciting event!
Why was Poland declared soccer country of the year for 2012? Here are a few reasons:
- Soccer is extremely popular in Poland. The country has close to 400,000 regular players, and up to one million casual players!
- Poland’s national team has participated in seven World Cups and finished in third place on two occasions, in 1974 and 1982.
- Poland’s national team won the gold medal at the 1972 Olympic Games.
- Poland is currently ranked 75th in the world by FIFA; they reached a high of 16th in the September 2007 rankings.
- Along with Ukraine, Poland will play host to the 14th UEFA European Football Championship, Euro 2012. This will be an excellent opportunity to give the rest of the world a glimpse of the passion for soccer that exists in eastern and central European countries.
Other interesting facts:
- The soccer stadium in Warsaw is known as National Stadium, and it is the official venue for the international final of the 2012 Danone Nations Cup.
- Poland’s national team is nicknamed “Bialo-czerwoni,” which means “The white and reds,” and “Białe Orły,” which means “The White Eagles.”
To learn more about the Danone Nations Cup, please consult the following article.
To learn more about the children who participated in the 2012 edition, please consult the following articles.
For more information regarding selection camps in your area, or to register a child, please visit: www.coupedanonecup.com