Zinédine Zidane is a retired French football player who won all the major international and European trophies. He is one the most loved icons in France and worldwide.
Faithful ambassador of the Danone Nations Cup since it began, he stands alongside the younger generation to encourage them to believe in their dreams, pass on his unique experience of the game but also team spirit, fair play and a passion for football.
Each year, France’s celebrated number 10 tries to be there on the pitch with the children to kick off the World Final.
Quite honestly, this is an amazing event, so much more than an international football tournament, it’s an unforgettable experience for these children who come from all over the world! It’s impressive to see how the language barrier disappears when they are on the field, all they need is sport and passion to understand each other. The Danone Nations Cup is just that: sharing of a passion for football, respect, beyond the borders, it’s a dream for any child. I would certainly have loved to have taken part in it when I was their age. Football has given me a lot and I want to pass on my experience to the younger generation, not just from a technical point of view but also a state of mind. At the age of 12, football is, and must remain, a game between friends!
Nothing other than enjoy, share and continue to play fair! Each year I am struck by the bond that is created between all the children from all the countries. I love to see them play and chat; it’s amazing.
Fair Play, like respect, is obviously the core and central value of sportsmanship. It is particularly relevant to football. I feel very strongly about it. It is therefore essential that the Danone Nations Cup is exemplary in this area because good habits should be rooted very early.
He played 11 times for the national football team of Hungary. He is an Hungarian football legend who played in FC barcelona. He also played the Champions’ League with Ferencvárosi Torna Club scoring two goals in his most memorable match against the Grasshoppers, where they won the game 3-0.
He is now coach of the Gyor Football Club ans is a sport manager mentoring talented kids. He is a source of inspiration for young football players.
At 23 years of age, Ada Hegerberg has taken the global stage by storm through her perseverance, excellence, respect for others and determination to shed a light on women’s football. Hegerberg began her career playing for NM Cuppen in 2012 and was selected for the Norwegian national team in 2013. Since then, her career took off after her club, Olympique Lyonnais, won the Champions League four years in a row. A historic milestone in her career, Hegerberg was awarded the first women’s “Ballon d’Or” in 2018, in addition to the prestigious “BBC Footballer of the Year” award in 2017 and 2019.
By being the first women to ever be “Ballon D’or” and supporting the Danone Nation’s Cup values she is a inspiring role model for kids who play football and other sports. She is devoited to equality in football and in sport in general.
Currently, Evelina Cabrera is the president of the the Football Women’s Association in Argentina (AFFAR) and she has her own school of women’s football. In 2018 she was invited to represent Argentina and AFFAR at the United Nations in New York, at the ECOSOC YOUTH FORUM, where she was one of the 5 people selected to close the forum and received congratulations from Amine J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Evelina was also selected among the most influential 40 women in Argentina. In addition to this, she was in charge of closing the W20 (G20) summit in Argentina, as the youngest speaker.
Evelina is a social activist who works for the empowerment and acknowledgment of women in the field of all sports. Life taught her to overcome barriers in order to achieve her dreams. When she was 13 years old, she left her home and lived, during a couple of months, in the streets. Meanwhile, she never quitted her studies and playing football. She also offers football training in prisons for women.
Carles Puyol is a catalan football legend who spent his whole career playing for FC Barcelona. He was captain of the team from 2004 to 2014. He won 6 la Liga trophies and 3 Champions League titles. Carles was part of the Spain team that won the World Cup in 2010.
By being the World Final Ambassador he supports the Danone Nations Cup’s values like respect and Fair play. Involved with the foundation Altarriba he also supports the animal cause.
Zinédine Zidane is a retired French football player who won all the major international and European titles. He is the most loved icon in France.
Faithful ambassador of the Danone Nations Cup since it began, he stands alongside the younger generation to encourage them to believe in their dreams. Involved with the association ELA which fight for research on leukodystrophy, Zidane created strong ties with the families by helping them when they need it.
David Albelda led Valencia CF to two Champions League finals in 2000 and 2001, and also lifted Los Che’s two most recent LaLiga titles in 2001-02 and 2003-04. The midfield trio he formed alongside Ruben Baraja and Pablo Aimar was one of Europe’s best. He is one of La Liga’s most iconic figures, as well as being one of Mestalla’s most beloved captains and record appearance makers, having played a total of 574 matches for the club.
He is a great inspiration source for the DNC kids
Amanda Dlamini was born on the 22nd of July in 1988. She plays for University of Johannesburg. She was the top goalscorer of the 2008 Sasol Women’s league and won bronze and silver medals at the 2010 African Women’s championship and 2012 African Women’s championship. She was captain of the nationa team between 2011 and 2013.
She founded the Amanda Dlamini Girls Foundation which helps young girl in rural and underprivileged areas to get opportunities in sports by empowering them.
Andik Vermansyah is an Indonesian footballer who currently play for Indonesian Main League, Madura United and Indonesia National Team as winger. Andik is considered one of the greatest talents in Indonesian football. .
He joined AQUA Danone Nations Cup competition in 2003 when he was 12 years old and received his big break when the coach of SSB Suryanaga, Rudi, discovered his talents and start his professional career when he was 14 years old. He is a great inspiration to all the DNC Kids.
Richard Krajicek is a former international tennis professional from the Netherlands. In 1996 he was the first Dutch tennis player to win Wimbledon.
He founded the Krajicek Foundation. Currently, there are 125 Krajicek Playgrounds across the Netherlands where on a daily basis 5,000 children practice sport and are guided to adopt a healthy and social lifestyle.
Maximiliano was born in Montevido in February 2000. He now plays for the WANDERERS F.C. He is also playing in Uruguay U-20 Team, and is heading to the U20 World Cup in Poland.
He was captain of the Uruguayan team at the 2012 DNC held in Poland and continues today to represent his country in U20 team. What a source of inspiration for the children of the DNC!
Abdel Zaher El-Saqqa, born on January 30th, 1974, is an Egyptian retired football player. He began his career in Egypt with El Mansoura Football Club, then he joined Egypt’s national team winning 112 caps, scoring 4 goals.
He also played in Turkey with Denizlispor, Gençlerbirliği, Konyaspor and Eskişehirspor.
He is a role model to the DNC kids
Masakiyo was born in Kagoshima in October 1973. He joined the Yokohama Flugels squad in 1992 and was then selected with the national team, where he was named captain in 1994. Japan defeated Brazil at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, this event was called “a miracle in Miami”. He then played in Brazil and South Korea and finally retired in 2005. He is now a journalist and commentator for television, and also runs a football school.
Through talks with nutritionists at the national tournaments, he promotes a healthy lifestyle and inspires children with his football success.
Former glory of the Romanian football, he was one of the best players in the world in the 90s with Real Madrid, Barcelona FC or Galatasaray. Top scorer in the history of the Romanian team, he scored nearly 300 goals in his career and was named “Romanian footballer of the century.”
He founded the FC Viitorul club, whose academy is renowned for training players who now join the best teams in Romania. The national tournament of the Danone Nations Cup in Romania was born from a merge between the Hagi Cup and the Danone Cup and is today called the Cupa Hagi Danone. He stands as an example to follow for the DNC Kids
Dimitar Berbatov is a former striker of Manchester United. He was twice Champion of England and was also best scorer of the Premier League for 2010/11 season. He has been elected best Bulgarian football player of the year 7 times during his career.
Berbatov is a DNC ambassador since 2008. He is the founder of the Dimitar Berbatov Foundation, which supports children talented in Arts, Sciences and Sports.
Blaise Matuidi is a French international footballer. As a defensive midfielder he participated in UEFA Euro 2012 and 2014 FIFA World Cup with the French national team. He joined the Ligue 1 in 2007 with AS Saint Etienne. Since 2011, he has been a significant player for Paris Saint Germain and won with the club several trophies. In 2015, he became the ambassador of the Danone Nations Cup France:
He founded the association “Les Tremplins Blaise Matuidi” which aims to help children in school or social failure, through a sports activity, to find a role in the social life of their neighborhood or their municipality. Ambassador of the DNC since 2015, he is an example for the DNC kids
Patrick Leduc is a former Canadian international player. Playing as a midfielder from 2000 to 2010 at the Montreal Impact, he was also selected 3 times for Canada’s national team. Since his international retirement in 2011, he has been a consultant and commentator for the Canadian French language channel, Réseau des Sports.
He coached the Canadian DNC team in 2017 and is now a soccer analyst and commentator for the canadian channel Réseau des sports. He is a great exemple for the DNC kids.