Bay­ern prom­ise home im­prove­ments

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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.

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