Posted on June 05, 2013

The 2013 COPA Coca-Cola youth football tournament has been won by Al Gharafa from following a hotly contested Finals Day in Doha on Thursday 30th May.

Al Gharafa defeated Red Devils 1-0 in the Final to be crowned COPA Coca-Cola Champions of 2013 for Qatar. The winning team were presented with their medals and the official trophy by Mohammed Al Waraki.

This is the second time that the tournament has been held in Qatar, following the inaugural 2012 tournament which took place in Doha. Over 34 teams of eleven players aged 13-15 competed professional sized fields according to the rules and regulations of FIFA to show off their talents with the opportunity to ‘Become a Hero’.

In an attempt to help promote activity amongst the youth of Qatar and celebrate the passion for football, Coca-Cola Middle East introduced the COPA Coca-Cola program to the Region for the first time in 2012, with tournaments taking place in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Iraq and Palestine.

The Coca-Cola Company launched COPA in Qatar in 2012 after originally starting in Mexico in 1998. Since then, the tournament has gone from strength to strength and is now played across five continents. In 2009, Nigerian teenager Mikel Agu was a participant in COPA Coca-Cola, and has gone on to represent FC Porto in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

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Commenting on the 2013 tournament, Antoine Tayyar, Public Affairs and Communications Director for Coca-Cola Middle East, said: “Through football, the world’s most popular sport, Coca-Cola encourages youth who aspire to be professional soccer players. Thus, we brought about this new grassroots initiative to the Middle East that reiterates the pillars that the Coca-Cola Company believes in.

“Coca-Cola congratulates the 2013 winners, Al Gharafa, for prevailing in what was another very competitive tournament. We hope that some of the talent that we have unearthed during this year’s tournament will now take the next step towards the professional leagues, and go on to represent their country in years to come.”

COPA Coca-Cola is another initiative that exemplifies Coca-Cola’s longstanding ethos to live positively and open happiness. Youth are empowered to achieve their dreams and spread happiness while taking onboard goals they thought was never possible. Through Coca-Cola efforts, the youth of today can become professional football stars tomorrow.

Today, COPA Coca-Cola has touched the lives of more than 600,000 students through at least 10,000 schools and/or youth club teams in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

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2013 COPA Coca Cola Champions – Al Gharafa

Ahmad Nidal Al Samman (Captain), Mohamed Nasser Fakhro, Khalifa Mohamed, KhalifaSaad, Saoud Ibrahim, Ibrahim Helal, Abdul Rahman Mubarak, Meshaal Ibrahim, MeshaalAissa, GhanimMohd, JassemAskar, Thaer Nabil Husni, HamadYousef, Saif Ahmed, Hamad Al Tamimi, AmrMousa, , MahmoodNidal Al Samman (Coach)

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