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Teenage Footballers Win Trip To Fifa World Cup

Teenage Footballers Win Trip To Fifa World Cup In Berlin

Six young New Zealanders are gearing up to go to the FIFA World Cup in Berlin, Germany next month after taking out the top title at yesterday’s adidas +CHALLENGE final in Auckland yesterday.

Central United 06 from Auckland, featuring Zane Sole, Daniel Saric, Neko Vujevich, Thomas Doyle, Thomas Spregg and Patrick George, competed against twelve teams from as far a field as Nelson and Dunedin on a specially laid Astroturf at Britomart Square in downtown Auckland for their spot in the global +CHALLENGE final in Berlin.

adidas New Zealand Managing Director, Greig Bramwell said it was great to see the young players being pushed to their limits in the challenging format that is +CHALLENGE.

“Each game consisted of three components – a five versus five-player match on a large pitch, a three versus three player match on a smaller pitch with four goals, and a one versus one-player match on an even smaller pitch enclosed by a cage.

“It certainly wasn’t your standard soccer tournament,” Greig said.

Central United 06 and their support person will travel to Berlin compete in the +CHALLENGE global final from 1- 4 July. They will also receive tickets to a quarterfinal match and receive coaching and training advice from soccer legend Wynton Rufer.

The week long trip will also include a visit to adidas’ World of Sport head office in Hertzogenarauch, the experience of staying in the +Challenge athletes village with kids from 40 other countries and the opportunity to meet heroes such as Zinedine Zidane who is the ambassador of the adidas +Challenge.

Team manager Steve Saric said that he is really proud of his team and can’t wait to see how they get on in Berlin.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for these boys. We’ll be training hard over the next month so we’re at our peak for the final in Berlin,” Steve said.


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