FC Bayern Youth Cup
The FC Bayern Youth Cup is the world's biggest and oldest international youth football tournament (series) carried out by a football club. Since its introduction in 2012 it has been conducted on a yearly basis in cooperation with existing FC Bayern partners in selected countries (including Brazil, China, India, Italy, Japan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Singapore, Thailand and the USA). The aim is to give children worldwide the chance to show their talent, irrespective of their social background.
FC Bayern has been organising local selection tournaments with local partners since 2012. These can vary greatly in scope, from one-day events to nationwide qualifying tournaments lasting several months with more than 10,000 players. These lead to a National Final in the participating country, at which a FC Bayern representative selects the so-called National Team, which consists of the ten best male players of the participating country aged 14 to 16 years. This team is then allowed to travel to Munich in May to take part in the FC Bayern Youth Cup World Final and compete against the players or teams of the other participating countries. The World Final takes place annually in the Allianz Arena on the day following the last home match of FC Bayern.
The National Teams already arrive a few days in advance to take part in a five-day training camp on Säbener Strasse and train with FC Bayern youth coaches. In addition, players from all over the world will receive a comprehensive social program during their stay in Munich. They will meet FC Bayern 1st team players, visit the city of Munich, visit FC Bayern's last home match and finally take part in the FC Bayern Youth Cup World Final on the grass of the world-famous Allianz Arena.
In 2019, teams from China, USA, Singapore, India, Nigeria and Germany and Thailand took part in the FC Bayern Youth Cup. The winner in 2019 was Team USA. Below you will find an extensive clip that features all national selection events and the great FC Bayern Youth Cup World Final from 2019. Enjoy the video!
For this year's edition, we had planned national finals in China, USA, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Togo, Austria and Germany. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the world final 2020 in Munich could not take place as planned and will be rescheduled, probably in spring 2021, as soon as conditions permit.
The first-ever FC Bayern Youth Cup Freestyle Tournament
Sidike Tando is the happy winner of the first digital FC Bayern Youth Cup freestyle tournament. Sidike is from Togo, a West African state on the Gulf of Guinea with nearly eight million inhabitants. As the winner of the tournament, the young man from Togo can expect a fantastic prize. On 1 March this year, the FC Bayern Youth Cup took place for the first time in the capital Lome. Sidike was nominated by the Bayern representatives for the team to represent Togo at the world finals of the FC Bayern Youth Cup in Munich.
In the past few years the freestyle tournament has taken place on the Marienplatz as part of the FC Bayern Youth Cup world final. The best freestyle footballers from each country compete against each other, and the player who receives the greatest applause advances one lap. This year the tournament was digitised and played on the FC Bayern global Instagram channel (over 21 million followers).
More than one million votes on our Instagram channel. More than 30 stories were published from 19-23 July. Freestylers from the USA, China, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Germany, Nigeria and Togo competed against each other in a randomly drawn knockout format. FCB followers could vote for 24 hours per duel, and the player with the most votes at the end would advance one round. More than a million votes were cast in total, a terrific result.
Sidike prevailed against the participant from China in the quarter-finals and met the freestyler from Germany in the semi-finals - a very close contest edged by Sidike. The final was an all-African battle - Togo against Nigeria. Thanks to the great support from Volkswagen, Sidike can look forward to a very special prize: in July next year, he will travel to London for the UEFA EURO 2021 final at Wembley Stadium, and we will accompany him on this unique experience!
The first digital FC Bayern Youth Cup freestyle tournament was a great success. FC Bayern would like to thank all participants and congratulate Sidike once again on his title.