England plays host to the Danone Nations Cup

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Zinedine Zidane is the ambassador for the Danone Nations Cup. Source from Danone Nations Cup

The Danone Nations Cup gives promising 10-12 year old stars the chance to represent their country on a huge stage and this Saturday around 400 kids from 32 different countries will walk out at Wembley Stadium.

Following the 1998 France World Cup Groupe Danone decided to create a cup that would be contested on a yearly basis for kids.

The first tournament took place in 2000 and was won by France on their home soil with Turkey taking the runners-up prize.

One of the biggest stars to come out of the danone nations cup is Turkey’s own Aydin Yilmaz, an important player for his country and also his team Galatasaray.

The tournament is bound to be home to some of the most exciting young footballers with the kids now able to experience global tournaments at such a young age.

Up until 2008 the tournament had been played in France until the decision to change the venue around the world every year.

In the 2007 final over 35,000 people came to watch the final between South Africa and France with the African team coming out on top on this occasion.

The tournament is widely praised by managers and peers among the game and having Zinedine Zidane as an ambassador for the tournament is a huge compliment.

A former player of his stature can only boost the euphoria surrounding the youngsters taking center stage and will gain confidence about his constant appearance at every final since 2003.

Each country in fact has their own ambassador and there are some incredible names supporting such a great opportunity for these youngsters.

Dimitar Berbatov is the ambassador for his home nation Bulgaria and Cafu for Brazil just to name a few.

Paul Ince was at the tournament draw when the schedules were announced and spoke of how this tournament can only benefit the young kids.

“The Danone Nations cup gives so many children the chance to fulfill their dreams.” Ince said.

The English grassroots set-up has been under fire recently but with a tournament like this coming to the hollowed turf at Wembley stadium they will be able to learn a lot from simply watching the kids play.

At that age all kids want to do is play football and giving them the opportunity to play on a stage as big as Wembley in front of thousands of fans can be a once in a lifetime occasion.

The kids have the opportunity to play on the worlds biggest stage each year with little pressure, the event is all about developing and giving them the chance to just simply play football.

The final starts at 1.30p.m. on Saturday and tickets can be purchased for just £5. To buy tickets for the Danone Nations Cup click here


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