There was a lot of laughter in the crisp autumnal air at the Zinkensdamm sports arena in Stockholm on Friday 9 September, when the turn had come for Sweden to host the football tournament MTG United for Peace Cup.
The sun was shining down from a clear blue sky on the football players when the eight teams of 12-14-year old Swedish girls did their best on the pitch, hoping that their team would make it to the international final in Norway.
The teams had all qualified for the tournament by designing banners with messages of tolerance, diversity and respect for MTG United for Peace’s cause. All the pupils had also studied ideas from former Nobel Peace Prize laureates, taught by a specialist teacher.
A lot of well-known personalities from MTG TV, MTG Radio and Viasat made the event a memorable experience for the girls. From a raised DJ stand the NRJ radio channel’s big stars Knappen and Hakim, along with fellow talent Anton D´Nice entertained the crowd with a great selection of music throughout the day.
Champions League and Premier League anchor Ola Wenström from Viasat Fotboll was hosting the event and giving out the prizes. Fellow Champions League and Formula One reporter Frida Nordstrand was making sure the event received some proper air time at our football broadcasts. Hamburgers and chips were given out to all the hungry competitors who had a great time in between matches by competing in doing tricks with the ball and taking part in a quiz about MTG United for Peace’s values.
The girls also challenged each other in kicking the ball hardest, where the speed of the shot got measured. They also participate in “Human Football”, a crazy game based on old fashioned table football, where the participants got tied to a pole in a bouncy castle and tried to kick the ball as best they could from their somewhat peculiar position as it came past.
In the football final the 14-year old girls from Aspudden had a very hard and even match with Åsö, a game that ended with a 2-0-victory for Aspudden. This, apart from the honour at home, meant that Aspudden will go on to represent Sweden at the international finals in Oslo, Norway in October.
But the two closest beaten teams didn’t have to sulk for long. In the next big thrill of the day the tournament’s secret guest – the teenage idol and coach Danny Saucedo from the popular show “True talent” – told the teams finishing second and third that they were specially invited to visit a his live show. Minor hysteria, Beatles style, broke out amongst the girls and Danny Saucedo received at least 200 excited embraces, before he was able to leave.