Canadian team triumphs in Sweden

The Vancouver Whitecaps with the Honorary Consul of Canada in Gothenburg, Per Jessing, and his consular assistant Daniela D’Oria holding the flag.

Every year the city of Gothenburg plays host to the world’s largest amateur soccer tournament, the Gothia Cup.

This year seven Canadian teams, from Fort McMurray (2), Oshawa (3), Ottawa (1) and Vancouver (1) joined in, along with more than 37,000 other soccer players ages 11 to 19 from more than 70 countries. SKF, the Swedish ball bearing manufacturer, is the Gothia Cup’s main sponsor and every year covers the expenses for more than 20 teams from around the world to travel to Sweden and play in the tournament.

This year the Vancouver Whitecaps played in the girls’ 19-year-old division under the sponsorship of SKF. The Embassy was invited to meet with the Whitecaps as the tournament got underway and did so before the second of the two games the Whitecaps played on Monday July 15th, on the tournament’s first day (see photo).

The Whitecaps ended the tournament by winning the G19 division, beating Hovås-Billdal, a local Gothenburg team, 2-0. The Whitecaps ended the tournament with 21 goals to 2, and seven victories in seven games. Congratulations to all!