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Editions of the Danone Nations Cup

The Danone Nations Cup,
more than 20 years of competition

 

What is the Danone Nations Cup?

 

The Danone Nations Cup is the biggest international football tournament for children aged 10-12. It brings together countries from all around the world. Each year, Danone and its local partners organise the national tournaments, at the end of which a team qualifies to represent its country in the World Final.
Depending on the country, schools and/or clubs can form their teams, both girls’ and boys’ teams, to try and qualify.
The winning team of each national final is selected to take part in the U12s World Cup. These teams will defend their country’s flag against nations coming from all over the world.

 

The Danone Nations Cup editions

 

The Danone Nations Cup brings together the best boys’ and girls’ teams from around the world. At the beginning, it brought together eight teams. Now, there are about 30 participating teams who try to win the U12s football tournament each year. Discover the highlights of each edition of the DNC.

2000 : 1st edition

The first edition of the Danone Nations Cup dates to 2000. It brought together eight teams: France, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey and South Africa. The competition took place at Parc des Princes in Paris, France. It was France who won the tournament against Turkey.

2001 : 2nd edition

In 2001, the second edition of the Danone Nations Cup took place at Parc des Princes in Paris, France. Sixteen new teams came to join the competition. The final was played between the Netherlands and Réunion, and it was Réunion who won. It was during this edition that a young Mexican player, Giovanni Dos Santos, participated. He is now playing for a professional Mexican club.

2002 : 3rd edition

The third edition of the Danone Nations Cup took place in 2002. It was played at Parc des Princes in Paris, France. Twenty-four teams participated in the U12s football tournament. The winners were Argentina having faced the Netherlands. That year a young Portuguese player, Anthony Lopes, took part in the competition. He plays for the professional French club Olympique Lyonnais.

2003 : 4th edition

The fourth edition of the Danone Nations Cup took place in 2003. It was played at Parc des Princes in Paris, France. Eight new teams joined the competition. The winners were South Africa having faced Portugal. That year a young English player, Phil Jones, participated. He now plays for the prestigious Manchester United football club. That same year, Alexandre Lacazette, a young French player was also taking part in the competition. He plays for Arsenal, a historic Premier League club.

2004 : 5th edition

The fifth edition of the Danone Nations Cup took place in 2004. It was still played at Parc des Princes in Paris, France. Thirty-two teams participated in the U12s football tournament. The winners of the DNC were Spain having faced Switzerland. That year, four talented players were participating. The Argentine, Erik Lamela, who now plays for Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League. The Spaniard Alberto Moréno who plays at Villareal in La Liga. The Frenchman Bouna Sarr who plays for Marseille in Ligue 1 in France. And finally, the Swiss Granit Xhaka who plays for Arsenal in England.

2005 : 6th edition

The sixth edition of the Danone Nations Cup took place in 2005. It was played at the Gerland stadium in Lyon, France. Thirty-two teams participated in the competition. The winners were Russia having faced South Africa. That same year a young Spanish player, Sergio Rico, took part in the competition. He is the now PSG goalkeeper in Ligue 1.

2006 : 7th edition

The seventh edition of the Danone Nations Cup took place in 2006. It was still played at the Gerland stadium in Lyon, France. That year, there was once again thirty-two teams who took part in the U12s football tournament. However, they were not consistently the same participating countries. The winners were Réunion for the second time, this time having faced Switzerland.

2007 : 8th edition

The eighth edition of the Danone Nations Cup took place in 2007. It was still played at the Gerland stadium in Lyon, France. Twenty-nine teams took part in the competition. That year, South Africa won the DNC for the second time. They beat France in the final.

2008 : 9th ddition

The ninth edition of the Danone Nations Cup took place in 2008. It was played at Parc des Princes in Paris, France. Thirty-four teams participated in the U12s football tournament. The winners were France for the second time, having faced Russia. That year, the French Ivorian Maxwel Cornet was participating. He now plays for Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1.

2009 : 10th edition

Due to an unfavourable situation in 2009, the tenth edition of the Danone Nations cup which was to take place in Mexico had to be postponed to the following year. It took place therefore at the Orlando stadium in Soweto, South Africa in 2010. Forty teams, including 6 new ones, took part in the competition. That year, South Africa were the winners for the third time having faced Switzerland.

2010 : 11th edition

In 2010 the first double edition of the DNC took place. Indeed, this was the tenth and eleventh edition of the Danone Nations Cup that took place that year. It was played at the Orlando stadium in Soweto, South Africa. Forty teams continued to take part in the U12s football tournament. That year the winners were Mexico having faced Uruguay.

2011 : 12th edition

The twelfth edition of the Danone Nations Cup took place in 2011. It was played in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. Forty teams continued to take part in the competition. That year, the winners were Brazil having faced Thailand.

2012 : 13th edition

The thirteenth edition of the Danone Nations Cup took place in 2012. It was played at the Narodowy stadium in Warsaw, Poland. Forty teams continued to take part in the U12s football tournament. It was South Korea who won the final against Japan.

2013 : 14th edition

The fourteenth edition of the Danone Nations Cup took place in 2013. It was played at Wembley stadium in London, England. Thirty-two teams participated in the competition. That year, France won the Danone Nations Cup for the third time, against Brazil.

2014 : 15th edition

The fifteenth edition of the Danone Nations Cup took place in 2014. It was played that year at the Arena Corinthians stadium in São Paulo, Brazil. Thirty-two teams continued to take part in the U12s football tournament. Japan, a finalist in the thirteen’s edition, won against Paraguay.

 

2015 : 16th edition

The sixteenth edition of the Danone Nations Cup took place in 2015. It was played in Marrakech in Morocco. Thirty-two teams participated in the competition. The winners were Morocco having faced Mexico. That year, the Frenchman Hannibal Mejbri was participating. After AS Monaco, he joined Manchester United in the English Premier League at only 16 years old.

2016 : 17th edition

The seventeenth edition of the Danone Nations Cup took place in 2016. It was played at the Stade de France in Paris. Thirty-two teams continued to take part in the U12s football tournament. That year, the winners were Germany having faced Japan.

 

 

2017 : 18th edition

The eighteenth edition of the DNC saw the creation of the girls’ tournament. From this point forward, girls aged 10 to 12 have had their own World Cup. The DNC was played in the Red Bull Arena in America. Thirty boys’ teams and six girls’ teams participated in the competition. For the boys, it was Mexico who won the DNC for the second time against Argentina. And for the girls, it was the Brazilians who won against the Canadians.

2018 : 19th edition

Due to a non-favourable situation throughout the course of 2018, the nineteenth edition of the DNC had to be postponed to the following year. It therefore took place in the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona in 2019. Twenty boys’ teams and eight girls’ teams participated in the U12s football tournament. For the boys, it was Brazil who won the DNC against Hungary. And for the girls, it was France who won against Italy.

2019 : 20th edition

The twentieth edition of the DNC saw the 100th anniversary of the Danone brand. The DNC was played in the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona, Spain. This was the second double edition of the Danone Nations Cup. For 2019, there were twenty boys’ teams and eight girls’ teams that participated in the competition. For the boys it was Mexico who won for the third time, against Spain. And for the girls, it was Spain who won against France.