Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) (“Yingli Green Energy” or the “Company”), a leading solar energy company and one of the world’s largest vertically integrated photovoltaic (“PV”) manufacturers, which markets its products under the brand “Yingli Solar”, today announced that the Company once again teamed up with FC Bayern Munchen (the “FCB”), the most successful German football club, to bring underprivileged football talents to the FCB Youth Cup final in June 2013 at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. The Youth Cup is an international charity youth competition initiated by the FCB with support from several sponsors around the world such as Yingli Green Energy, adidas, Audi and Lufthansa.
This year Yingli Green Energy not only gives young soccer players from disadvantaged areas of China the opportunity to play in the FCB Youth Cup, but expands its engagement and will also host this outstanding tournament in Japan where talented 14 to16-year old boys from the three tsunami affected prefectures can show their football skills.
Yingli Green Energy joined hands once again with the FCB and the Chinese Football Association (the “CFA”) to scout the best junior footballers from underprivileged areas of China for the tournament final in Germany. Young football players from all across China will be selected in Qingyuan football training base of Guangdong from February 17 to February 23, 2013. At the end of this competition in Qingyuan, ten young talents will be selected to form an All-Star team of 10 players and travel to Germany to represent China at the final held in June 2013 at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich – home of the FCB. Other FCB Youth Cup teams that will compete for the cup are from Brazil, Japan, Germany, Italy, Austria and India.
The selection competition in Japan is planned for April with young football players from Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate, whose lives were changed by the tsunami and its aftermath in March 2011. Ten selected football talents will also join the international final in Germany.
Mrs. Judy Tzeng Lee, Director of Global Marketing and Development of Yingli Green Energy, commented “Yingli Green energy will once again join hands with the CFA in a series of Football Global Exchange & Education activities. These may include a youth summer camp and coaching exchanges with the FCB. Yingli Green Energy has committed to providing our knowledge in renewable energy and utilizing our football marketing platforms to influence positive social change. As an Official Premium Partner of the FCB, we are honored to be able to contribute to China’s youth football through our sponsorship. By providing international standard matches for these future stars, we hope to focus more attention on China’s youth football training and attract more youth to this sport.”
Mr. Paul Breitner, Brand Ambassador of the FCB, also indicated that the FCB is proud that Yingli Green Energy and the CFA will host the FCB Youth Cup again in China. “We truly believe that football can provide a great platform for bringing a positive change to our society. We hope to utilize our love for football to bring happiness and hope to children, especially those in disadvantaged areas. We are also very happy to share our knowledge and experience with Yingli Green Energy and the CFA to help enhance the development of youth football in China.”