Follow the champions of tomorrow!
18 octobre 2012
Have you already heard about the Universiade and the NextGen Series? If you are interested in discovering all the promising talents, take a look at these two sporting competitions which showcase the rising stars of tomorrow in various sports. The Eurosport Group, one of the Global Sports Forum international media partners, will ensure a wide exposure for these events.
Created in 1923 (with the first official World Student Games in Paris) and organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU, officially founded in 1949), the Summer and Winter Universiades are held every two years in different cities. These international multisport events and cultural festivities gather student athletes aged between 17 and 28 from around the world. They are second, only to the Olympic Games, in terms of number of participating athletes and countries represented.
The Summer Universiade consists of thirteen required sports (athletics, basketball, fencing, football, artistic & rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, diving, water polo, tennis, table tennis, judo and volleyball) as well as a number of optional sports chosen by the host country. The Winter Universiade consists of seven required sports (alpine skiing, nordic skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, short-track speed skating, figure skating and curling) and one or two optional sports chosen by the host country.
All in all, 10,622 young athletes took part in the 2011 Universiade in Shenzhen, China and 174 countries participated in Daegu, Korea, in 2003. The Winter Universiade gathered a record 2,511 participants in Torino in 2007 and a record number of 52 countries in Erzurum, Turkey in 2011.
The Universiades have a track record of showcasing future stars, many of whom have gone on to perform at World Championships and Olympics. For example, Australian swimmer Cate Campbell, a Gold Medal winner in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2011 Universiade, became Olympic Champion at the same event in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The next Summer and Winter Universiades will be held in the following locations:
- the 27th Summer Universiades, in Kazan, Russia (July 6-17, 2013)
- the 26th Winter Universiades in Trentino, Italy (December 11-21, 2013)
- the 28th Summer Universiades in Gwanju, Korea (July 3-14, 2015)
- the 28th Winter Universiades in Granada, Spain in 2015
- the 29th Summer Universiades in Taipei, Chinese Taipei (August 19-30, 2017)
- the 28th Winter Universiades in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2017
To learn more about ongoing competitions, check out the university sports section on Eurosport.com which includes the latest results, sport news, and videos about the World University Championships and Universiade events, or on www.fisu.net
The NextGen Series – “Step into the future of football”
Founded in August 2011 by Brentford Sporting Director, Mark Warburton, and TV Producer, Justin Andrews, the NextGen Series is a six-month European competition featuring the finest young football talent and showcasing world-class players who have been trained by some of the greatest clubs in Europe. The NextGen Series has expanded from 16 to 24 teams for next season and is now considered a leading European football tournament generating global coverage. The 24 Europe’s elite football clubs from 20 different countries now include FC Barcelona, Chelsea FC, Inter Milan, Arsenal, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.
The 2012/2013 season was kicked off in August. Fans will have chance to watch which team will challenge Inter Milan who won the coveted NextGen Series Trophy last year, after beating Ajax in a thrilling penalty shoot-out.
The 24 clubs are divided into six groups of four, where each club will contest a home and an away fixture against each group member. Many of these fixtures will be taking place in their first team stadiums, such as Celtic Park, Estádio José Alvalade, Anfield and Villa Park.
The top two teams from each group and the top four 3rd place teams will enter the knock-out stages. These will be played over one leg, with each winner progressing to the next round until the Final.
You will be able to watch some group stage matches live on Eurosport over the next few weeks:
- 31st October: Juventus vs. Manchester City FC
- 7th November: Borussia Dortmund vs. Internazionale
- 19th December: Paris St. Germain vs. Juventus
Fischer(Ajax ), Akpom (Arsenal), Anani (Marseille), Padova (Juventus), Sandro (Barcelona) are definitely among all rising stars to be followed this season.
Let’s see if one day the NextGen Series become as big as the UEFA Champions League!