Making football dreams come true

The foundation endeavours to put a smile on the faces of children and young people who are seriously ill or whose lives have been changed forever an accident by enabling them to meet their favourite player or a prestigious football team, or simply to enjoy the unique experience of watching a major European match.

For the last three years, we have been working closely with Etoile filante/Sternschnuppe and Make a Wish in Switzerland and the French association Rêves to provide unforgettable experiences for children and the families that support them day after day. We do all we can to give them a couple of magical days to help them through the more difficult moments.

The foundation made the dreams of 46 children come true during the 2017/18 season:

  • 18 children saw their favourite player in action for their club
  • 6 children met the players of their national team
  • 22 children watched the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League finals

Club matches :

  • Gwendal’s dream came true when he met the FC Barcelona players and watched the Champions League match between FC Barcelona and Olympiacos FC on 18 October.
  • Larisa met the player David Luiz and attended the Champions League match between Chelsea FC and AS Roma on 18 October.
  • Christoph, whose dream was to see the Borussia Dortmund team, met them at their Champions League match against Tottenham Hotspur FC on 21 November.
  • Simone met Neymar at a training session and at the Champions League match between Celtic FC and Paris Saint-Germain on 22 November.
  • Bruno met his favourite team, Juventus, at their Champions League match against FC Barcelona on 22 November.
  • Dominic met the FC Bayern München players and watched their match against Paris Saint-Germain on 5 December.
  • Sami watched Paris Saint-Germain’s match against FC Bayern München in Munich on 5 December.
  • Mathis watched Paris Saint-Germain’s match against FC Bayern München in Munich on 5 December.
  • Mateo’s dream of seeing Real Madrid CF in action came true on 6 December 2017, when he watched them play Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
  • Marco had dreamt of meeting AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and was given the chance to do so on 22 February.
  • Timoty fulfilled his dream of meeting Lionel Messi and watching an FC Barcelona match on 4 April, when they played AS Roma in the Champions League quarter-final second leg.
  • Enzo fulfilled his dream of meeting Lionel Messi and watching an FC Barcelona match on 4 April, when they played AS Roma in the Champions League quarter-final second leg.
  • Loic fulfilled his dream of meeting Lionel Messi and watching an FC Barcelona match on 4 April, when they played AS Roma in the Champions League quarter-final second leg.
  • Ulrich had dreamt of meeting Paul Pogba and was able to do so at a training session before Manchester United FC played Sevilla FC on 13 March.
  • Gabriele met the player David Luiz and watched the Champions League match between Chelsea FC and FC Barcelona on 20 February.
  • Océane’s dream of meeting Dimitri Payet came true at the Europa League semi-final in Marseille.
  • Azra attended the Istanbul derby between Galatasaray AŞ and Beşiktaş JK on 29 April.

National team matches:

  • Julien met Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini when Italy played their European Qualifier against FYR Macedonia on 6 October.
  • Noa met the Portugal team on 10 October, when they played their European Qualifier against Switzerland.
  • Jorim met the Portugal team on 10 October, when they played their European Qualifier against Switzerland.
  • Gautier met the French national team in Saint Denis (Paris) on 11 November after the friendly against Wales.
  • Alex met the French national team in Saint Denis (Paris) on 11 November after the friendly against Wales.
  • Calvyn met the French national team in Saint Denis (Paris) on 11 November after the friendly against Wales.

Finals:

  • Dylan fulfilled his dream by watching his favourite team, Olympique de Marseille, contest the Europa League final in Lyon.
  • A group of nine young people from the Air Pur et Soleil association, who were going through a tough time in their lives, attended the Europa League final. They also had lunch with famous French player Yann M’Vila of AS Saint-Étienne.
  • A group of 12 youngsters from the Sport dans la Ville association (France) were rewarded for their good behaviour and exemplary hard work for the association with a trip to Kyiv to watch the Champions League final.