Founded way back in 1898, FC Blue Stars are a Zurich footballing institution. In 1921, the Blue Stars became one of the first clubs in Switzerland to set up a youth section. Some years later, in December 1938, the club launched the Blue Stars annual tournament.
Not everyone was convinced at the start. The instigators needed all their powers of persuasion to win over an initially sceptical club committee, but the event has grown from humble beginnings and now boasts a long and successful history.
A host of young hopefuls who would later go on to stardom appeared on the world stage for the first time at previous editions of the tournament, including the likes of Nani, Kaka, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers, Phil and Gary.
Patron role for FIFA
FIFA took over as patron of the international junior event in 1991, with the change of name to the current Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup following four years later. World football’s governing body and FC Blue Stars Zurich recently extended their cooperation agreement for the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup through to 2016.
The announcement of the continuing partnership sent out an important signal, according to Blue Stars president Juerg Hofmann, as the tournament passes an important milestone in 2013 with its 75th edition.
Blatter impressed by global dimension
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter singled out the tournament’s global appeal for praise: "It is a rendezvous of the best junior teams from every continent. It's the annual get-together no-one wants to miss, and a real festival of football. FIFA will continue to support the organisers and the tournament in Zurich in the future."
To mark the 75th anniversary, there will be a special logo for the 2013 edition, underlining the prestige enjoyed by the tournament in junior footballing circles around the world. This year’s line-up includes FC Blue Stars, FC Zurich, Grasshopper Club Zurich and FC Basel from Switzerland, Manchester United (England), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Botafogo (Brazil), Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia) and WYNRS New Zealand. The final place at the event will be assigned shortly.
For more information, including live updates from every game during the event, visit the official tournament website at www.youthcup.ch, where the action comes first and you won’t miss a single goal!