On 28 September, a football festival “Croatia Cup” was held in Tokamachi...

On Sunday, 28 September 2003, a football festival “Croatia Cup” was held in Tokamachi, a Japanese city. The total of 43 teams participated in the contest in six categories (pre-school children, family teams, girls, juniors, seniors and youth teams) from the prefecture of Niigat. Mr. Drago Buvač, the Croatian Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in Japan handed trophies of the Croatian Football Federation to the winners.

This first football festival in Tokamachi, city in which the Croatian football representation trained during the World Football Cchampionship in Japan in 2002 – was held on the ground called “Croatia Pitch”, and it has been conceived to extend it to the participants from Japan at large and to hold it each year. A delegation of the city of Tokamachi plans to visit Croatia in October this year in order to open a football school in this city, in cooperation with the Croatian Football Federation.

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