Bayern promise home improvements
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke was joined by Brazilian Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo and Brazil 2014 Organising Committee (LOC) Management Board member Ronaldo in Cuiaba on Wednesday, as he witnessed the roll-out of a “FIFA 11 For Health” project with 24 students from the Maria Ambrosio Pommot Municipal School.
It proved to be quite an occasion for the more than 300 children looking on, who were thrilled to be in Holders Bayern Munich promised a sharp improvement when they host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal after failing to convert the lion’s share of possession into goals in a 1-0 defeat in Spain on Wednesday.
Bayern enjoyed 80 percent possession in the first half but it was the nine-time European champions who scored when Karim Benzema completed a quick break in the 14th minute for the winner. the presence of the legendary striker, part of the Brazil side that clinched the country’s fifth world crown.
“I am very happy to see the World Cup legacy reach out to more than 4,000 children in Brazil through the ‘11 For Health’ programme,” Valcke said. “It’s very rewarding to see these youngsters having fun as they learn about health and citizenship through football.” The project aims to reach 7,000 children before the end of the year.
The “FIFA 11 For Health” programme, which was created by the world football’s governing body and launched during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, is being implemented at 121 elementary schools in Brazil 2014’s 12 Host Cities. The children taking part are aged between 11 and 12.
“This project was created by FIFA with the idea of using football as a tool for getting important health messages across to children,” explained Andre Pedrinelli, one of the LOC’s medical supervisors.
The Bavarians, hoping to become the first team to successfully defend the Champions League title, struggled to break down the solid Real defence.
When they did find a way through they were let down by sloppy finishing.
“What we were missing was the finish,” said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, who is looking for a treble of titles in his first season in charge.
“The result is certainly not ideal, but we can still improve in the second leg. We will analyse the game and then decide what our best options are for the return leg in order to successfully overcome this task. I am very optimistic. Even more than before this game,” he added.
The sensational season Bayern have enjoyed so far suggests they are capable of turning the tie around at the Allianz Arena, where they will be backed by a vocal 60,000 crowd.
Their recent slump in form, however, has worried club officials and fans. After clinching the Bundesliga title in “We’ve seen in our pilot project in Curitiba that the message has got through to some 40 percent of children, which is a very positive number.”
“This project is a challenge because of the size and diversity of our country, but it’s also a source of great joy because it promotes some very important values to children,” Manoel Flores said, who is heading up the project for the Brazilian Football Association (CBF). “I am sure that this will be one of the finest legacies of the World Cup.” record time with seven games to spare they lost two of their next three league games, drawing the other.
Coach Pep Guardiola and Arjen Robben plotting Real Madrid’s fall in the return leg of their Champions League semi-final clash.