A hugely successful 2nd edition of the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Cup Brazil!
The second edition of the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Cup Brazil was held from 7th to 11th January. 640 children from Brazil's fifteen Paris Saint-Germain Academy centres came together in São Paulo to take part in a huge tournament for the U7, U9, U11 and U13 age categories, organised in the Allianz Parque, home to Palmeiras football club.
During this second edition of the tournament, the children rubbed shoulders with former player Marcos Ceara and Lara Dantas, a young women who plays for Fluminense and the Brazilian U17 national squad, and who started out at the Paris Saint-Germain Academy in Rio.
After being given their equipment, the young players took part in the group stages of their respective categories at the beginning of the week. Depending on how they did, the teams were then split into three categories according to their level - gold, silver or bronze - so that they could all keep playing until the end of the week.
The grand finals were held on the Saturday and boasted an outstanding atmosphere. Dudu, a forward for Palmeiras, was on hand to honour the event with his presence and watch over his sons, who are both enrolled in the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Pompéia (São Paulo).
Nadia Benmokhtar, manager of the Paris Saint-Germain Academy, announced: "After four full days of matches at the Allianz Parque, we are very proud to have given the parents and children such a fantastic experience, as they always dreamt of playing in a large Brazilian stadium. This second edition of the Paris Saint-Germain Academy Cup Brazil fulfilled all expectations and maintained the standards of a major European club that stands out thanks to its outstanding organisation and excellence. This event enabled us to nurture the healthy rivalry between the country's various centres and boost the children’s attachment to the Paris Saint-Germain shirt."
After the event, all of the children went home with a medal, and all of the fifteen Paris Saint-Germain Academy centres won at least one trophy. A number of gifts were handed out, such as signed shirts or even a trip for three people to Paris to watch a match in the Parc des Princes. It was a truly memorable experience for these young Paris Saint-Germain supporters. The third edition of the tournament will be held next year.