On February 9 one of the most important youth football tournament worldwide, the Jeem Cup, will kick off in Doha, Qatar.
The Jeem Cup was born in 2014 under the impulse of Jeem TV, Al-Jazeera children's channel. The initial intent was to reunite the young students (aged 11-12) from the whole world in a big football event. From this year, thanks to the cooperation between Jeem TV and the ISF, the tournament will open its gates to an even greater number of school teams. A total of 20 teams from 20 different countries will compete in the Cup, 8 of which have been selected directly by the ISF (Brazil, Chile, China, Croatia, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia), thanks to the collaboration of the ISF national members.
The success of the tournament will be assured by the strong partnership with Bein and other important partners such as the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the Qatar Tourism Authority, Ooredoo and the Qatari Olympic Committee. The presence of football stars of the present and of the past as ambassadors of the Jeem Cup is a sign of the relevance that the tournament acquired over past editions. The likes of Mohamaed Aboutrika, Nabil Maaloul, Khalfan Ibrahim Khalfan, Alessandro Altobelli, Faisal Al-Dakhil and Andrew "Andy" Gray have been nominated as the 2017 Jeem Cup Ambassadors.
The new format of the competition will undoubtedly add some excitement to an already successful tournament. In addition, it will make it even more international, giving the possibility to the youngsters to interact with people coming from the other side of the globe in an atmosphere of friendship and FairPlay.
The 20 teams have been drawn in four different groups of five. The first stage of the competition will select the 8 teams (two per group) that will take part in the quarter finals on February 13. The big final will take place on February 15 at the Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium.
More info of the event can be found here.