The Sports Director of the "Green" Academy is going to be the Greek Ambassador to this renowned international program.
Faithfull to its values and ideals, Panathinaikos will participate actively to the international social program Football 4 Friendship, in the ambit of the activities for the International Day of Football and Friendship, implemented by Gazprom since 2013.
The International Day of Football and Friendship (25th of April) was declared in 2014 by the young ambassadors of the International Children Social Program "Football 4 Friendship" with the support of FIFA and UEFA. During that day all those who share important values, such as equality, peace and respect for other cultures will wear a blue-green bracelet of Friendship in their hand.
In Greece, the International Day of Football and Friendship was celebrated in an ambience of enthusiasm and joy and a children friendly match. The European Champion of 2004 and actual Sports Director of Panathinaikos' Academy, Takis Fyssas declared the opening of the events of "Football 4 Friendship". The former international football player together with Markos Spatharis from the "Green" academy and the young reporter Thanassis Georgoulias will travel to Saint Petersburg, Russia, in order to participate in the International Tournament Football 4 Friendship and watch the Confederations Cup final, held under the auspices of FIFA and UEFA, on the 02/07/2017.
Regarding the participation of Panathinaikos and his own one in the program, Mr. Fyssas stated: "Panathinaikos participates actively in any effort bringing football and its values close to children. It is for me a great pleasure and an honor to participate in such an important initiative by Gazprom. The Social Children Program "Football 4 Friendship" unites youngsters and adults to the main human values and sports ideals, giving everyone the opportunity to be introduced to the magic world of football. On the occasion of the International Day of Football and Friendship, we have transmitted today in Greece, during an humble and joyful event, a message of friendship, peace, and respect on being different".
The aim of the program is to develop children's football and promote the tolerance and the respect of different cultures and nationalities between children from different countries. The main values the participants are supporting and promoting are friendship, equality, justice, health, peace, faith, victory, tradition and honor. The symbolism of the above has been achieved through the interchange of blue and green bracelets, calm skies and a ground accessible to everyone.
Famous personalities participate in events all over the world such as: the legend of world football Franz Beckenbauer, the African striker Didier Drogba, the Serb defender Branislav Ivanovich, the Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt, the Russian forwarder Andrey Arshavin, the Spanish defender Michel Salgado, the Portuguese goalkeeper Vitor Bahia and many other international football stars.