Young amateur football players from all over Croatia have been competing for the past two days on the grounds of the Park Mladeži, Spinut and FESB in Split.
Sat, 03. August 2019.
42 teams from all over Croatia participated in the Coca Cola Cup Final in Split: category born 2004 and younger - 21 teams and born 2001 and younger 21 teams. The grand finals were held on the FESB grounds with live broadcast on Sport Klub 1 television. The first teams to run on the field were Brod 04 from Slavonski Brod and Zagorje Boysi from Zabok. The regular part of the match ended with a score of 1: 1, so penalties were deciding on the first national champion.
The Zagorje Boys team was the more fortunate one and gold medals were awarded to them by Kristijan Matijašević, Marketing Director for Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia, Coca-Cola Adria, who said: "I am extremely pleased that the Coca-Cola Cup project brings together a growing number of our young people in Croatia every year and promotes the importance of sport and its values. Of course, we are happy to be part of a story that transcends the boundaries of football because for us, the Coca-Cola Cup is a story of making new friendships among young people, building team spirit and fairplay. I am sure that among these young talented people lies some gem that we will watch at the European and World Championships.''
The highlight of the evening was the match between the teams of Disco Club San Marco from Slavonski Brod and the Croatian Post Union from Osijek. The San Marco team entered the game dominantly and secured the score 5: 2. Gold medals were awarded to them by Ivo Bjeliš, Director of Operations at Coca-Cola HBC. Jadran Kapor, editor-in-chief of Slobodna Dalmacija, Lukša Jakobusić, vice president of Hajduk together with Hajduk players and representatives of Coca-Cola HBC did not miss the spectacle at FESB and the crowded stands. In tense matches for the third place bronze medals were won by teams: Fantomi from Čakovec and Auto Kuček from St. Ivan Zelina.
Best players were named Denis Mišančok (Brod04) and Luka Dubac (DC San Marco). The best goalies of tournaments were Mihael Štih (Zagorje Boys) and Luka Terzić (DC San Marco), they received their honors from Darko Vučić, Head of the Sports Development Department of the Central State Office for Sport and Zdravko Marić, President of Youth Sports Games who was pleased to point out: '’We are happy and proud that the largest amateur sports organization in Europe has a longstanding partnership and support from one of the world's largest companies. Promoting sports and sports lifestyles among children and young people has been our mission for over 23 years, bringing together more than 1,700,000 participants''.
The Coca-Cola Cup is the largest football tournament in Europe that has been held for the 6th year under the auspices of the Youth Sports Games, and has visited 107 cities and towns in Croatia this year. The Coca-Cola Cup is designed as a football platform to promote sporting values among young people, fair play and team spirit. Qualifying tournaments in cities across Croatia were played from January to June. Each tournament was an examle of fair play game and a sports fight for success, because the stakes are always high: the qualifyingfor the state finals in Split. A total of 37,000 children and young people participated in the Coca-Cola Cup across Croatia in 2019.