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PV manufacturer Yingli Green Energy is to sponsor the FC Bayern Youth Cup which will be held in Germany later this year.
Yingli said it plans to use the sponsorship as an opportunity to give young footballers from disadvantaged background the change to play in the prestigious cup.
Many of the youngsters live in areas such as Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate which were devastated by the 2011 tsunami in Japan.
The FC Bayern Youth Cup is an international competition for talented young soccer players from various countries ad diverse social backgrounds. Te charity initiative gives children aged 14 to 16 the opportunity to experience soccer at an international level.
Yingli Green Energy has singed a strategic cooperation with FCB and the Chinese Football Association (CFA) in its bid to showcase young footballer talent for the tournament finals scheduled to be in Germany next year.
The selection competition for young footballers is taking place between 17- 23 February at Qingyuan football training base of Guangdong, a province on the South China Sea coast of China.
Ten successful participants will be selected to join the Chinese All-Star team and travel to Germany for the final in June 2013 at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich.
Teams from Brazil, Japan, Germany, Italy, Austria and India will participate in the Youth Cup.
Judy Tzeng Lee, Director of Global Marketing and Development of Yingli Green Energy, said "Yingli Green energy will once again join hands with the CFA in a series of Football Global Exchange & Education activities. These may include a youth summer camp and coaching exchanges with the FCB. Yingli Green Energy has committed to providing our knowledge in renewable energy and utilizing our football marketing platforms to influence positive social change.”
Paul Breitner, Brand Ambassador of the FCB, added: "We hope to utilize our love for football to bring happiness and hope to children, especially those in disadvantaged areas. We are also very happy to share our knowledge and experience with Yingli Green Energy and the CFA to help enhance the development of youth football in China."