Bring stars in their eyes

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 – to the despair of Patrizio.

Yves-Clément’s dream: to attend a Chelsea FC match, meet the team and his hero Eden Hazard.
Yves-Clément watched the English Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City AFC on 25 February. He was thrilled to see Chelsea come out 3-1 winners.

More children’s dreams came true during the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff.

Scott saw Real Madrid CF doing the replicate of last year’s victory against Club Atlético de Madrid by beating Juventus in this year’s final. Kevin and Thomas were also be in the National Stadium of Wales watching the game.
The three youngsters have been invited by the associations Dreams & Wishes, Association pour la Vie and Orchidée. They attended the game with their families to share the joy of this special day.

A group of ten young adults from the French association Sport dans la ville in Lyon were also invited at the match. The young men and women were chosen via an internal tournament and selected on the basis of their good behaviour and regular participation in the association’s projects. They were the happy witnesses Madrid’s quest to lift the 2016/17 Champions League trophy with their very own eyes.

Another 20 children were invited through the association Streetfootballworld, a global charitable network that enables disadvantaged youngsters to participate in football matches, educational workshops and cultural programmes.

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

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.

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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 (in French)

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Tobias’ dream: to attend an FC Basel match and meet Marc Janko

Tobias watched FC Basel play Paris Saint-Germain at Sankt-Jakob Park on the matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League on 2 November.

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Andrea’ dream: to watch a Juventus match and meet the players

Andrea went to watch Juventus play Olympic Lyonnais on matchday 4 of the UEFA Champions League on 2 November – Link (in French)

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Brian’s dream: to see a match of FC Barcelona and meet the players

Brian saw FC Barcelona win 4-0 against Borussia Mönchengladbach at Camp Nou on 6 December on matchday 6 of the UEFA Champions League group stage – Link (in French)

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Putting a smile back on the faces of disadvantaged children

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. He’s 15 and seriously ill. It’s really special to be able to bring him here because he absolutely loves football. I see his eyes light up more every minute with all that he is seeing and experiencing. Today he’s just a really happy child and it’s this weekend that will give him the strength to keep up the fight when he returns home.”

Mazyar Taennler, from the Zurich-based Étoile filante/Sternschnuppe, said: “I’m here today with two families and two children, Livio and Luka. Both of them have had quite a hard time, one since birth and the other as of last year. Both of them love football, so it’s very special for them to be here, having this experience and seeing how things work behind the scenes. This is a very special weekend for the children, their families, and me. We‘re all football fanatics! They are really looking forward to the final tomorrow. And to be greeted as special guests, to not have to wait in line, and to be able to take all the pictures they want, that makes the experience more special still.”

The UEFA Foundation for Children has also invited 13 children from the organisation Air Pur & Soleil (plus chaperones) to attend the match. This child welfare organisation based in Haute-Savoie takes care of children facing crises of various kinds, typically by giving them the opportunity to spend some time away from their family, school and/or institutional environment.

All of these children are enjoying an exclusive two-day programme devised specially for them, thanks to the support of a number of volunteers from UEFA.

Today, they spent some of the afternoon at the UEFA Champions Festival in the heart of Milan, having their photo taken with the trophy, visiting the Champions Gallery, watching the all-star match and meeting some of the stars in question. They then went to San Siro to watch the two teams’ official pre-match training sessions.

When they return to San Siro tomorrow night to watch the UEFA Champions League final, thereby fulfilling a lifelong ambition, it is bound to be a highly emotional occasion.

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

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)

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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 Bridge on 9 March.

www.reves.fr/corporate/reves/tous-reves/marouane-joueurs-chelsea,12382.html?PHPSESSID=6jk7gf3h2ejkohuea78db999a4 (in French)

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Aboubakr, Amine, Naïl and Pierrick’s dreams: to attend an FC Barcelona match and meet the team.

All four watched the Azulgrana secure their place in the quarter-finals by beating Arsenal FC at home on 16 March in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie.

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Aboubakr:

www.reves.fr/corporate/reves/tous-reves/aboubakr-rencontre-joueurs-barcelone-assiste-match,12330.html (in French)

Amine:

www.reves.fr/corporate/reves/tous-reves/amine-rencontre-joueurs-barcelone-assiste-match,12220.html (in French)

Naïl:

www.reves.fr/corporate/reves/tous-reves/nail-rencontre-joueurs-barcelone-assiste-match,12609.html (in French)

Pierrick:

www.reves.fr/corporate/reves/tous-reves/pierrick-rencontre-joueurs-barcelone-assiste-match,12374.html (in French)

 

 

Robin’s dream: to meet Robert Lewandowski and Mario Götze and attend an FC Bayern München match.

Robin watched his idols’ beat SL Benfica at home on 5 April in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie.

www.facebook.com/StiftungKinderhilfeSternschnuppe/posts/1186339784711750$ and www.sternschnuppe.ch/herzenswuensche/erfuellte-herzenswuensche/herzenswunsch-detail/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=635&cHash=693a7ae9d5276d3c7d2628da2e0b87ba (both in German)

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UEFA Foundation helps children to live their dreams!

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)

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Yusuf’s dream:

To go to a match of his favourite team, Galatasaray, in Turkey and meet the players.

Read more (in French)

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Danilo’s dream:

To meet the Juventus team and go to one of their matches.

Read more (in German)

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Sebastien’s dream:

To meet his idol Fernando Torres and to go to a match in which he was playing.

Read more (in French)

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