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Bring stars in their eyes

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The UEFA Foundation for Children is making a real difference by using football as a force for good in society. During the second half of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League season, the foundation made the dreams of several children come true. In cooperation with the French association Rêves and Sternschnuppe/Etoile filante and Make a Wish in Switzerland – and with the invaluable support of volunteers from among UEFA’s staff – the following youngsters were given the unique opportunity to realise their dreams and leave behind their difficult everyday lives for a short while. Patrizio’s dream: to attend an FC Barcelona match, visit their stadium and see his idol Neymar in action. Patrizio watched FC Barcelona play Juventus during the quarter-final second leg match of this season’s UEFA Champions League, which ended in a goalless draw. However, thanks to their 3-0 first leg victory, Juventus went through to the semi-finals –…

More children’s dreams come true with the help of the UEFA Foundation for Children

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During the first half of the new season (between September and December 2016), the UEFA Foundation for Children helped make the dreams of seven seriously ill football fans come true. In cooperation with the French association Rêves and the Foundation Sternschnuppe/Etoile filante active in Switzerland – and with the precious support of volunteers from the UEFA staff – these young people were given a unique opportunity to live their dreams and leave behind their problems for a short while. Nicolas’s dream: to attend a match of FC Barcelona, visit the stadium and meet the players Nicolas watched FC Barcelona beat Manchester City 4-0 at home on 19 October on matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League. Théo’s dream: to see a match of Paris Saint-Germain and to meet some players Théo attended the Paris Saint-Germain v FC Basel UEFA Champions League group match at Parc des Princes on 19 October – Link…

Putting a smile back on the faces of disadvantaged children

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The emotion of football is universal. The UEFA Foundation for Children is set to fulfil the lifelong dreams of several children who have serious illnesses or disabilities or are suffering the effects of major accidents by giving them the chance to watch Real Madrid CF take on Club Atlético de Madrid in the 2016 UEFA Champions League final in Milan tomorrow night. In cooperation with charitable associations such as Étoile filante/Sternschnuppe, Rêves and Make-A-Wish, the foundation has invited four children and their families to come and experience this great annual festival of football. This rare opportunity to share in the intense joy and emotion of such a unique and momentous event will be a far cry from their everyday lives and the medical challenges they face on a daily basis. Joseph Fontanarosa, head of communication for the Moselle branch of Rêves commented: “Today, I’m here with a boy named Teoman.…

More children’s dreams come true with the help of the UEFA Foundation for Children

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During the second half of the season (February to April), UEFA Foundation for Children helped make the dreams of seven seriously ill football fans come true. In cooperation with the associations Rêves in France and Sternschnuppe/ Etoile filante in Switzerland – and with the precious support of volunteers from among UEFA’s staff – these young people were given an unique opportunity to live their dreams and leave behind their problems for a short while.   Samuel’s dream: to attend a Paris Saint-Germain FC match, visit the stadium and meet the players. Samuel watched Paris Saint-Germain beat Chelsea FC at home on 16 February in the first-leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie. www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10153814044907110&id=264778857109 (in French)   Marouane’s dream: to meet Eden Hazard and attend a Chelsea match. Marouane attended the return leg of the Paris Saint-Germain v Chelsea UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie at Stamford…

UEFA Foundation helps children to live their dreams!

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With the help of associations that fulfil the dreams of seriously ill children, as well as the goodwill of football clubs and their players, and thanks to UEFA and all its volunteers, the UEFA Foundation for Children has made some children’s dreams come true. As a result, these children and their families have been able to share some memorable happy moments together, brightening the children’s lives and helping to build their confidence.  Marc’s dream: To go to the UEFA Champions League final in Berlin. Read more (in French) Yusuf’s dream: To go to a match of his favourite team, Galatasaray, in Turkey and meet the players. Read more (in French) Danilo’s dream: To meet the Juventus team and go to one of their matches. Read more (in German) Sebastien’s dream: To meet his idol Fernando Torres and to go to a match in which he was playing. Read more (in…