UAAF holds "BLOKHIN CUP-2019 Football Festival" before Children's Day

Today, June 2, in the fields of STC. V. Bannikov on the initiative of the President of the Ukrainian Football Association Andriy Pavelko and on the occasion of Children's Day competitions were held - a joint project of UAF and the owner of the "Golden Ball" Oleg Blokhin, children's football tournament among teams born in 2010 "Festival of Champions BLOKHIN CUP-2019" .

On Sunday morning, the premises of the Football House were filled with dozens of children and their parents, who looked with interest at the exhibits of the UAF Museum and archival photos with football stars that adorn the corridors of the building. In the humor of the children you could hear enthusiastic shouts and requests to take pictures of them against the background of a particular exhibit or portrait of a legend of Ukrainian football. Later, the young guests moved to the UAF conference hall, where the opening ceremony of the tournament soon began.

Here they were greeted by the owner of the "Golden Ball" -1975 Oleg Blokhin, the first vice-president of UAF Vadym Kostyuchenko and the vice-president of the Children's and Youth Football League Valery Zolotukhin. In total, there were young football players from 16 teams (Children's Football Academy UAF, FC "Favorite", CYSS "Champion", CYSS-21, FC "Troyeshchyna", CYSS "Darnytsia", FC "Dniprovsky Knyaz", CYSS "Winner" , FC "Livoberezhzhya", SK-118 "Vsesvit", DUFK "Nika", SK "Kyiv", FC "Voskhod", SDYUSHOR "Zmina-Obolon", FA "Benfica", SDYUSHOR "Obolon").

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"It is very nice to see your admiring eyes, restlessness and sincere desire to reach the highest football heights. This is the kind of boy who dreams of great football victories, I used to be. And my dream has come true, which means that yours can come true, but it takes a lot of work and self-belief!

To help you with this, on the initiative of UAF President Andriy Pavelko, we have jointly organized a new tournament for you. It is here that you can get your first competitive experience and win the first award, which will inspire you for a further successful sports career, ”Oleg Blokhin addressed the young football players. Oleg Vladimirovich visited the little one with his "Golden Ball", which, by the way, according to him, is presented to the general public for the first time, and everyone could get acquainted with the legendary trophy, take a photo in memory and talk to him. the ruler.

The little girl could not wait to go out on the field and demonstrate their skills to the audience - parents and friends who actively supported her in the stands. Despite the fact that the format of the tournament did not provide for the traditional determination of the winner and prize-winners, as all participants of the BLOKHIN CUP-2019 Football Festival are considered winners, the matches were fierce but friendly. The fans who supported their teams were also very active. But in the end the fights ended, and it's time to present the well-deserved prizes that all participants received on this day.

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"I am sincerely grateful to the Ukrainian Football Association for the respect and the opportunity to join the organization of the tournament. It is symbolic that now the UAF has united in one team three winners of the "Golden Ball" from Ukraine and uses the best experience for the development of domestic football. And to you, young participants of the tournament, I will say: love football, love it in yourself, not yourself in football. Dream, play, have fun! It is possible that not all of you will become star football players, but you have to set goals and achieve them in your life, ”Oleh Blokhin told their participants after the competition.

Volodymyr Bandurov, honorary president of the Football Development of Ukraine Charitable Foundation, who was present at the ceremony, noted that holding such tournaments is a great opportunity to find and develop football talents: “Such competitions help open new Ukrainian football stars who will glorify our country in the international arena. But now the most important thing for you is to grow up healthy and happy. I sincerely wish you this! ”

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In turn, the first vice-president of UAF Vadym Kostyuchenko thanked the children for their active participation in the competition: “Dear children, thank you for taking part in the festival. Congratulations from the President of the Ukrainian Football Association Andriy Pavelko, the head coach of the national team of Ukraine Andriy Shevchenko, the coach of the youth national team of Ukraine Ruslan Rotan, who played under the leadership of Oleg Blokhin as part of the main team of the country! You are lucky, because you have the opportunity to touch the legends of football, communicate with them and learn invaluable experience. Recognizing the importance of such projects, we will continue to implement and develop them.

In particular, a new tournament in memory of the outstanding Dynamo winner, UEFA Cup winner Andriy Bal is planned to be organized in August, which will become another component of the series of legends tournaments. And now I invite you to the match of our "youth" in the framework of the Tournament of Valery Lobanovsky, which will be held on June 3 and 5 at the main stadium of the country - NSC "Olympic". Thanks to Oleg Blokhin, who supported the initiative of UAF President Andriy Pavelko to hold the BLOKHIN CUP-2019 Champions Festival, it is a great honor for us. I'm sure the next owner of the Golden Ball is among you now! I wish you success both in your studies and on the football fields! ”

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In addition to the invitation to the match of the youth national team within the Valery Lobanovsky Tournament, the young football players received cups, diplomas, medals, sports equipment and a unique gift - a ball with the personal autograph of Oleg Blokhin during the award ceremony. Great mention of the first BLOKHIN CUP draw, which will now be a traditional tournament held under the auspices of the UAF!

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