Nike’s global football talent search taps more players for the finals in Barcelona next August.
This year, more than 5,000 athletes in Greater China took part in fierce competitions throughout the month of May. From those thousands, only the top 28 made it to the final selection in Shanghai’s Century Park, held on May 31. Of those, 4 exceptional footballers were selected to travel to a global final in Spain, to be held at FC Barcelona’s famed youth academy. There, they will experience world class facilities, elite coaching, and input from nutritionists, psychologists and fitness conditioners as they progress in the program.
The Chance was created to support talented youngsters who are not currently in the professional game but dream of the football future:
“Football has always been my dream”
Wang Chengkuai (right two) from Dalian dreamed of becoming a footballer since he was a kid. He hoped that one day he would represent China and get the opportunity to compete at an international level.
“No pain, no gain. No rain, no rainbow.”
Pan Suijun (left one) is a middle fielder. My football dream keeps me going through the relentless daily grind of passing, marking and shooting practice.” Pan Suijun spells it out. His success today goes back to the strength of his determination, a determination which he has proved in action.
“Where there is talent, let it not be missed.”
16-year-old Guan Bo (right one) could hardly conceal his excitement. The Chance is a wonderful platform for him. “It gives me a chance to lift my standard and take my place on a higher and broader world stage,” he said.
”My time is now”
Lau Hok Ming (left two) entered for The Chance along with his older brother. He thinks that The Chance will get him one step closer to his dream. “I have sport in my veins. Today’s competition wasn’t an end point for me, it was just a beginning. Yes! My time is now!”
The Chance will allow the 100 best young footballers from 55 countries around the world to train and play at the leading facilities in world football, showcase their skills in front of elite coaches and mentors, and develop and improve their talent, with one aim: to get noticed.
The best 16 footballers from the global finals will be chosen by Nike to experience the ultimate training tour as their reward; facing some of the most renowned academy teams in world football, including Manchester United and a U.S. Youth National Team during a once-in-a-lifetime four week tour.