Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Brazil Triumphs at Junior Masters World Finals

MADRID, May 11 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- After three days of matches with teams from 20 different countries, the Brazilian U13 soccer team has triumphed at the Volkswagen Junior Masters World Finals Championship after defeating Germany in the final round of competition. The Volkswagen Junior Masters is an international youth soccer tournament created by Volkswagen AG and is the first competition of its kind. Teams traveled from all over the globe to Madrid, Spain over the weekend in pursuit of becoming the next Volkswagen Junior Masters World Champions, with the PDA Pele of Zarephath, New Jersey representing the United States. This once-in-a-lifetime trip was the culmination of hard work and determination that began with qualifying rounds from each country.


"The teams showed amazing character and perseverance throughout the entire Volkswagen Junior Masters tournament," said Samuel C. Nellins, head coach of the PDA Pele, which won two matches during the event. "All of the teams from around the world were nothing short of fantastic, and each player should be proud of what he has been able to accomplish. While the U.S. team would have been thrilled to walk away with the world championship title, our main goal with this tournament was to provide the boys with a life-changing experience and an opportunity to further develop their playing skills."


The Junior Masters teams competed for the World Championship title at Ciudad Deportiva, the training ground of the world-famous Real Madrid soccer team. The final match took place at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, also home to Real Madrid, where professionals like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, or Raul normally play. Over 870 junior teams from 20 countries participated in the national qualifying rounds. In Europe, the teams originated from Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Russia and the Ukraine. Representing Asia were teams from Taiwan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and the United Arab Emirates. Morocco, Egypt, South Africa and Zimbabwe represented Africa, while the USA, Mexico and Brazil completed the list of competitors.


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