Generali CEE Cup 2014

The Generali Foundation will be the title partner Of this year's International Youth Football Tournament for teams aged under 19

Prague, 10th May, 2014: The organisers of the international football tournament for top U19 youth teams from Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) that takes place in Prague each year, have announced today that the Generali Foundation CZE (“Generali”), the non-profit organisation of Generali Pojistovna a.s. which supports socially beneficial projects, will once again be the title partner of the event. The tournament begins on Wednesday, 23rdJuly and runs for one week until the Grand Final, which takes place on Wednesday, 30th July.

This is the fourth year of the tournament, and the second time that it will be called the ‘Generali CEE Cup’. The Chairman of the Organising Committee, Roberto De Blasio, is delighted that Generali will again be the title partner, saying:

“We formed such a good relationship in 2013 that it is a testament to last year’s success that Generali will again be the title partner. Every year we aim to build on and improve the tournament, and this is only possible, of course, with a trulycommitted partner. We really feel that we have that with Generali.”

Jiří Cívka, a board member of the Generali Foundation CZE, commented:

"The Generali CEE Cup fits into our long-term commitment to support sports projects that help young people realise their potential since sport is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle and footballers are role models for their peers. Equally important is the charity aspect of the tournament, which supports UNICEF."

This year’s tournament will follow the format of previous years, with 12 teams playing against each other in four different groups, and the winners of each group playing off to eventually bring two teams to the Grand Final at the end of the week. A full programme of activities is being planned to support the Grand Final, which this year will be played in the Bohemians 1905 legendary Ďolíček stadium. The Grand Final will, once again, be televised live on the Eurosport sports channel.

Last year’s winning team was the Hungarian youth team, Győri ETO FC, who beat Slavia Praha in a final that many felt was as good, if not better, than any Premiere league match. One of the players last year, Jiri Sodomka from Slavia Praha, was voted the ‘Generali CEE Cup Player of the Tournament’, and now plays for Slavia Praha. Says De Blasio:

“The Generali CEE Cup is all about giving young players from this region the chance to show off their skills to a wider audience than would normally see them and, hopefully, giving them the opportunity to move into football’s big leagues.”

The tournament trophy that is awarded to the winners of the GENERALI CEE Cup is again being produced by the up-and-coming Italian sculptor, Christian Loretti, who will also produce the awards for the second and third teams, as well the prizes for the Diadora Best Player, Best Scorer and the “Best Goal Keeper”. This prize is given in memory of Franco Mancini, the unforgotten goalkeeper of the early nineties, who died prematurely in March 2012 while he was part of the backroom staff of his mentor, Zdeněk Zeman.

As always, some of the proceeds from the tournament will be donated to UNICEF’s “Schools for Africa” project, as the organisers are keen for the young players to understand early on how important it is for them to support others who are less fortunate. This is also something that Generali is keen to support, both through its own foundation and through its ongoing support of the GENERALI CEE Cup.

Check out their official website:

  • A Day Trip To Some Of The Best Castles Shaun O'Banion

    The results are in and the most popular Czech castles (based on the number of visitors) have been announced by the Czech state.

  • Five of the Best Trails to Go Hiking in the Czech Republic Erin Naillon

    Getting away from it all – out of Prague, away from the gridlocked traffic – is a great way to unwind after a hectic week. You can take your car (or the bus, or a train) to somewhere well outside the city and get out in nature. While the good weather lasts, it’s helpful for hikers and would-be hikers to know where they can find trails of varying difficulty to work off the tensions of the week.

  • Swimming in the Vltava River – Every Sunday from 10am Caroline Marcela

    What better way to treat a Saturday night hangover than swim in the Vltava river on a Prague Sunday morning!

  • Take a Cycling Tour Through the Czech Republic Erin Naillon

    Those wanting not only to get out into nature, but to experience it outside the confines of a car, have the option of taking a cycle tour from Prague to various destinations, even in other countries. For those intent upon long-distance cycling, the Greenways route runs from Prague to Vienna, with bicycle rental available at various points along the route (Prague, Český Krumlov, Telč, and Mikulov are just four of the cities where cyclists can rent bicycles).

  • The Best Outdoor Skating in Prague! Shaun O'Banion

  • Celebrity Charity Football Game Anelya Kadyrova

    A charity football match between Prague Raptors FC and the Supporting Charities Phoenix FC will be held on August 10th in Prague.

  • Send your kids to the Raptors…Football Academy! Paul Lysek

    The Prague Raptors are starting their own football academy for kids aged 4-7. The first session takes place on August 20th and is completely free.

  • Prague Lions: Czech Bowl Champions Paul Lysek

    The Prague Lions beat the Ostrava Steelers 29:23 on Saturday to win their first title in over a decade.

  • American Football Czech Bowl! Micah Lembke

    The Prague Lions defeated the Vysočina Gladiators in the Paddock League Semifinal and earned a spot in Czech Bowl XXVI. 

  • American football: Playoff time! Micah Lembke

    The Prague Lions have finished the regular season with 9 wins, one loss, and the top seed in the Paddock League semifinals. 

Ristorante Casa de Carli

Authentic Italian cuisine in Prague

The James Joyce Irish Pub

Best Irish Pub in Prague

Prague Raptors Football Club

Multi-Cultural, Community Football Club based in Prague

Hugo Bike Prague

HUGO Bike Prague & Segwaytrip

Adventure Minigolf Hotel...

Outdoor Adventure Minigolf

Toboga Prague

Indoor Playground in Prague 5, Zlicin

Prague’s # 1 source for Czech news in English…

Digital lifestyle magazine platform promoting life in Prague.