Yingli Green Energy Joins Hands Once Again with FC Bayern Munchen and the Chinese Football Association
Young football talents will have the opportunity to play at the FC Bayern Youth Cup 2013 in Munich
BAODING, China, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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."
About Yingli Green Energy
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE), which markets its products under the brand "Yingli Solar," is a leading solar energy company and one of the world's largest vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturers. Yingli Green Energy's manufacturing covers the entire photovoltaic value chain, from the production of polysilicon through ingot casting and wafering, to solar cell production and module assembly. In August 2012, Yingli Green Energy reached a balanced vertically integrated production capacity of 2,450 MW per year at its production facilities located in Baoding, Haikou, Tianjin and Hengshui. Yingli Green Energy distributes its photovoltaic modules to a wide range of markets, including Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, South Korea, China, Japan and the United States. Headquartered in Baoding, China, Yingli Green Energy has more than 20 subsidiaries and branch offices worldwide. Yingli Green Energy is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: YGE). For more information, please visit www.yinglisolar.com.
About FC Bayern Munchen
FC Bayern Munchen is the most successful football club in Germany and one of the most successful football clubs in Europe, having won 22 German titles and 15 cups. The club was founded in 1900. FC Bayern Munchen is by far the most successful team in German football, winning six of the last ten championships. The club's last international title was the Intercontinental Cup in 2001 and in the same year they won the UEFA Champions League, their fourth European Champions Cup. Since the beginning of the 2005–2006 season, FC Bayern Munchen plays its home games in the Allianz Arena. The team colors are red and white.
About Chinese Football Association
The Chinese Football Association (the "CFA") was established in Beijing in 1955. It is the sole organization that manages the sport of football on a national scale. It consists of local football associations in each province, autonomous region and major municipalities in China, amateur football associations of different professionals, and football associations under the People's Liberation Army. The CFA is a national non-governmental, nonprofit organization. It is a member of the All-China Sports Federation. As an Olympic event organization recognized by the Chinese Olympic Committee, the CFA is the only legal organization that represents China in Federation Internationale de Football Association ("FIFA") and in Asian Football Confederation (the "AFC").
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For more information on Yingli Green Energy, please contact:
Vice President of Corporate Communications
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited
T: +86 312 892787
In the Americas:
Head of Marketing
Yingli Green Energy Americas
T: +1 603 591 5812
Marketing Communications Manager
Yingli Green Energy Europe GmbH
T: +49 89 540303412
For FC Bayern Munchen:
Director Media and Communication
FC Bayern Munchen AG
T: +49 89 699 310
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