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Youth footballers descend on Gothenburg for Gothia Cup

Published söndag 14 juli 2013 kl 13.29
Chinese dancers at last year's edition of the Gothia Cup. Photo: Gustav Sandström/Swedish Radio

Gothenburg is gearing up for the Gothia Cup, a youth football tournament that attracts teams from all over the world. Kick-off is on Monday and around 35,000 players, coaches and supporters are expected to arrive to the city Sunday.

This year, some 1,500 teams are expected to make it to Sweden's west coast from a total of 75 countries. "What Gothenburgers will notice most is the new Heden stadium," Lena Rönnefors, who is in charge of the tournament, tells Swedish Radio.

Locals who are bothered by the sudden influx of teenagers to their city should think again, she says. "I think one should imagine how it was to be young and the experiences that came with travelling at that age. I think people should do their best to give these guests a memorable experience while here."

The city will make around 500 million SEK off tourism as a result of the tournament.

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