Gazprom Expands FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP International Children’s Social Project

April 2, 2014

MOSCOW, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

Gazprom, the official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League, has doubled the
number of countries participating in the FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP international children’s
social project for 2014. This year, players from youth football teams aged 12 to 14 will
participate in the project, representing 16 countries: Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, France,
Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia,
Turkey, Ukraine and the UK.

The FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP project is being implemented within a framework of the
Gazprom for Children social program. Its major goal is to develop younger generations’
critical values: respect for other cultures and nationalities, equality, as well as
stimulating their interest in healthy lifestyles, by encouraging children and teenagers to
participate in sport.

“Our FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP global initiative, as part of a wider series of social
projects from Gazprom, is aimed at helping to educate younger generations in the spirit of
mutual respect. The company’s programs aim to raise healthy children, and encourage
sportsmanship and respect among peers. We believe that FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP has already
begun to encourage the development of these principles amongst children worldwide”, said
Alexey Miller, Chairman of Gazprom’s Management Committee.

This year, the key event of the FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP project will be the second
International Forum of Child Football Teams to be held in Lisbon on May 23-25 2014, to
coincide with the UEFA Champions League Final 2014. On completion of the Forum, young
delegates will attend the UEFA Champions League Final 2014 at the Estadio do Sport Lisboa
e Benfica.

The Forum will be conducted under the auspices of the world football star Franz
Beckenbauer. Delegates from 16 countries will gather to discuss tools for effective
promotion of the FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP key principles, such as: traditions, peace,
friendship, victory, health, equality, fair play and devotion.

“The results of last year’s FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP project emphasized the importance
of bringing together children who are passionate about football to promote sport and
strong moral values. This is further validated by the number of countries participating in
the FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP which has doubled this year. We can see that children, who
attended last year’s Forum in London, have turned out to be ambassadors of tolerance,
equality and healthy lifestyles. It means that thanks to football the world can really
become a little kinder, healthier and more tolerant. We’ll do our best to continue these
values together with young athletes participating in the project,” said Franz Beckenbauer.

        Ilya Podkopalov
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