Mexican side Pachuca CF to represent Central America at the 2011 Gauteng Future Champions international tournament

Forever Marketing – Maggie Sekoto

Johannesburg, Tuesday, 8th March 2011 –

The Under-17 team of Mexican side Pachuca CF will be representing Central America at the 2011 Gauteng Future Champions tournament to be held from March 28 to April 2.

Founded in 1901, Pachuca spent much of the first 100 years of their existence in relative obscurity, flitting between the top-flight and second-tier in Mexican football. But the new century has brought a change of fortunes for the side and they are now amongst the most successful in Mexico.

The club has won five national championships between 1999 and 2007, and were crowned champions of the CONCACAF region on four occasions by claiming the Champions League in 2002, 2007, 2008 and 2010. Added to that, they won the 2006 Copa Sudamericana, the first Mexican side to win the South American championship.

Known as The Gophers, the club is coached by Argentine Pablo Marini and count among their current crop of players Mexican internationals Paul Aguilar, Leobardo L

  • 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