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Brazilians Take The Trophy

CLUBE Atletico Mineiro of Brazil have been crowned champions of the Gauteng Future Champions 2012 soccer tournament. This was after they beat their fellow South Americans, Nacional from Uruguay, 2-1 in the final of the tournament at the Nike Training…Read more

Six Juniors in U17 National Team

After an inspiring campaign in the Gauteng Future Champions Tournament, six Orlando Pirates players have earned call ups to the South Africa National Under 17 team which will travel to Namibia next week. Centre forward Nhlankanipo ?Nanana? Ntuli, Sabelo Malunga,…Read more

Future Champs Tourney A Huge Hit

GAUTENG sport, arts, culture and recreation MEC Lebogang Maile has described the Gauteng Future Champions Under- 17 international tournament as a platform to unearth and expose local talent globally. #socialMediaBar #socialMediaBar ul #socialMediaBar ul li Tweet IMPRESSED: MEC Lebogang Maile…Read more

Miniero Retains Champions Crown

CLUBE Atletico Mineiro from Brazil have retained their Future Champions Gauteng crown. This followed a scintillating 2-1 victory over Uruguay’s Nacional in the 2012 final that was played at the Nike Training Centre in Soweto, South Africa. The Brazilians claimed…Read more

K Stars fight for Africa

K Stars from Zambia are the only African club that has qualified for the 2012 Gauteng Under-17 Future Champions International semifinals. This was after Orlando Pirates, BidVest Wits, Football School of Excellence, Mohloli High, Ghana’s FC Nania and Young Zebras,…Read more

U17s book place in 2012 Brazil Future Champs

After a disappointing 1-3 loss to Nacional from Uruguay in the Gauteng Future Champions Tournament (second match), Orlando Pirates U17 team bounced back in an emphatic fashion beating FC Nania from Ghana 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon. The Boys in Black-and-White…Read more

  • We had a wonderful football and cultural experience in Gauteng. The tournament and activities were very well organized and we found everyone involved extremely helpful and accommodating. We have all returned home with fantastic memories of our time in South Africa, both on and off the pitch, and have made many new friends as a result of the trip. I hope that we are invited to participate in future tournaments.

    Everton Academy Head Coach
  • The experience both on and off the field for our players during the Future Champions tournament in Gauteng was life-enriching for all those who participated. We were privileged enough to win this edition but what will be bringing us back in future is the cross-cultural education our players receive from spending time with athletes from all over the world. They are human beings before they are football players and enriching them with other cultures is as rewarding as the experience they receive on the field.

    Club Tijuana Director of Football
  • After twenty years of experiencing tournaments around the globe, Future Champions is hands down the best organized, well run International Tournament we have ever participated in. Bringing teams from dozens of different countries provided our boys exposure to cultural diversity they only read about in textbooks. It’s amazing how sport can be the cultural link that provides the opportunity to interact with each other and discover that our global community is a bit smaller than they realized. We had a football and cultural experience that will be cherished for the rest of our lives.

    Director of USYSA Select
  • For us to compete in Future Champions is much more than playing a series of matches. It is an opportunity to compete and contrast our level against the best teams from around the world and the possibility of living in another culture and environment for an unforgettable week, learning about the history of the fight for human rights.

    Director of Aspire Academy
  • The addition of a girls’ competition this year is a natural expansion for what has become a hugely popular event. Over and above the football, the players are also exposed to life-skills courses and HIV/AIDS awareness that could end up saving their lives in the future. We have had an amazing partnership with the Gauteng Province over the last decade and we thank each and every stakeholder for making the Future Champions Gauteng campaign such a huge success

    Tournament director