Dalibor Buspanovic, Head of Football at VfB Friedrichshafen
Dear Football Fans,
I'd like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone joining us for a weekend of high-caliber football at this, the 16th International U-15 MTU Indoor Football Championship.
This year again, we've succeeded in attracting Europe's top clubs to Lake Constance. And for the first time, upcoming young talents from Augsburg FC will be joining the contest – so a very warm welcome to them too. For many of these top European sides, this tournament represents one of the exciting moments of the year when its under-fifteen players get the chance to measure themselves at Champions League standard, just like their under-nineteen counterparts in the UEFA Youth League.
However, the MTU Indoor Football Championship is not just a tournament for the top teams in Europe, but also a special event for our lads from Friedrichshafen and surrounding area. As a footballer, the opportunity to play against teams like Bayern Munich or Barcelona is a memory that stays with you for life. Especially when your local team ends up playing one of the top teams, as happened three years ago, when the team from soccer academy powerhouse MTU Leistungszentrum left Juventus trailing in its wake. I wouldn't be at all surprised if one of our local teams were to do something like that again this year. Thanks to a surfeit of fully-qualified youth soccer coaches, the youth sections of our Friedrichshafen clubs are riding the crest of a wave. Added to this, the crème de la crème are being trained and nurtured week after week at the MTU-Leistungszentrum soccer academy powerhouse. I therefore want to express my great appreciation to those responsible.
My heartfelt thanks also go to those responsible at the Friedrichshafen Municipal Authority who have been assisting us very actively on a number of levels, including in particular Mayor Andreas Brand.
Such an event would not be conceivable without innumerable helping hands, many of whom remain anonymous. I want to say a very big thank-you to all volunteer helpers, parents, coaches, players and also the veterans' team at VfB Friedrichshafen.
Special thanks go to the many sponsors and patrons of this tournament. It is thanks to their support that this unique event is able to be staged in Friedrichshafen in the first place. My thanks go in particular to the sponsor from whom the event takes its name – our main sponsor MTU Friedrichshafen – which has shown for many years now just what a big heart it has for the young people of our town.
On behalf of the Soccer Section Committee, I wish you a great tournament – one that's exciting, fair and free of injury.