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October 2017

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2 Danone Corporation Sponsor of the Danone Nations Cup (DNC) Soccer Tournament 4 Red Bull Arena Home of the 2017 DNC World Final 5 Metro NY Soccer History International soccer returns to its American birthplace 6 Nations Show Their Pride Fans show their flags and pride 7 Dance Celebration Performances by local dancers 8 Mexico 2017 DNC Boys World Champions 10 Brazil 2017 DNC Girls World Champions 12 Argentina 2017 DNC Boys 2nd Place 14 Canada 2017 DNC Girls 2nd Place 16 U.S.A. Teams 18 Final Standings

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Danone Corporation, Sponsor of the Danone Nations Cup Danone, a multinational corporation headquartered in Paris, France, has set out to do and has accomplished what many nations have been trying to accomplish for decades. It has brought together the citizens of over 33 countries, as widely dispersed and culturally different as Algeria, Argentina and Austria; Belgium, Brazil and Bulgaria; Senegal, South Korea and Spain; the United Arab Emirates, United States of America and Uruguay among many others, in an atmosphere of mutual respect, a celebration of diversity, and healthy competition. With thousands in attendance at the New York Metro region’s Red Bull Arena, home of Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls and under a warm sunny sky, over 400 young athletes competed on two fields of play while flags from every nation waved in the stands, regional dances representing each country and culture were performed on center stage, and all stood in respect for the 33 national anthems played for those assembled. The Danone Nations Cup is only one of many initiatives undertaken by this global food company to promote health, better lives and better a world. “With our partners, it is our duty to continuously encourage the values of this tournament, which are built on fun, comradery, teamwork, tolerance and respect. We’re confident this year’s tournament will give players the opportunity not only to participate in an unforgettable day, but to build lasting relationships with other players from around the world,” said Emmanuel Faber, CEO of Danone.“And I am thrilled that for the first time ever the final of the Danone Nations Cup is being hosted in the U.S. where girls and boys soccer has an established and passionate fan base.” “We believe in a food and water ecosystem that works in harmony with people, communities and the environment. Where our relationship with the 900 million people who buy our brands is a force for good. We believe a healthy body needs healthy food. And healthy food needs a healthy planet. All with healthy ecosystems and strong, resilient social structures. We simply can’t have one without the others. That’s what our new signature, “One Planet One Health”, encapsulates. It’s a rallying call to everyone to join the Alimentation Revolution. To join us in unleashing the power of food and drink to change our lives and the world. This One Planet - One Health signature marks a new endeavour for Danone. But it comes from the same pioneering spirit we’ve always had.” In 1972, Antoine Riboud said: “There is only one Earth. We only live once”. Those words kick-started a vision that lives on today: to bring health to our company and its ecosystem, to our planet, and to generations of people, now and in the future. “

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Red Bull Arena This year’s Danone Nations Cup World Final took place at the Red Bull Arena, the home stadium of the New York Red Bulls professional soccer team of Major League Soccer. As part of the New York Metropolitan region’s professional sports venues, the Red Bull Arena sits within an 8 mile radius that includes Met Life Stadium, home to the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets football teams; Yankee Stadium, home of the MLB’s New York Yankees baseball team and MLS’s New York City Football Club (NYCFC) soccer team; Madison Square Garden, home to the NBA’s New York Knicks basketball team, the WNBA’s New York Liberty women’s basketball team and the NHL’s New York Rangers hockey team; Citi Field, home to MLB’s New York Mets baseball team, the Prudential Center, home to the NHL’s New Jersey Devils hockey team and the National Womens Hockey League’s New York Riveters hockey team; and Barclays Arena, home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets basketball team and the NHL’s New York Islanders hockey team. Also within that radius is Brooklyn’s Red Hook cruise ship terminal, the site this past July of the inaugural FIA Formula E New York City Grand Prix. Upon its opening in 2010, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Graber called it the “crown jewel of stadiums of its size in the world” and Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl called it the “most advanced, state-of-the-art soccer stadium in the Western Hemisphere”. Attesting to the quality of the facility, in both 2016 and 2017, J.D. Power ranked the Red Bull Arena as “The Best in Fan Experience” among all of the New York Metro area’s sports facilities. The arena, which seats 26,500 fans, is the third largest among all Major League Soccer stadiums constructed for this purpose. One of the more distinctive features of the Red Bull Arena is the curved exterior shell and roof, made of fiberglass fabric, and which covers all 26,500 of the arena’s seats. It is also the largest roof canopy to be found among Major League Soccer stadiums. Most recently, the Arena played host to its first World Cup Qualifying match between the United States National Team and the national team from Costa Rica. 4 | October 2017


International Soccer Returns to the NY Metro Region with the 2017 Danone Nations Cup World Final Red Bull Arena sits just 4 miles (6.4 km) from the site of the first international soccer match in the United Stated On September 21-24, 2017, the eyes of the soccer world focused on Harrison New Jersey’s Red Bull Arena for the final round of the Danone Nations Cup, the world’s largest international soccer tournament for 10-12 year old youth. With over 400 participants representing 33 nations, the Danone Nations Cup World Final is the culmination of several months of contests held around the world involving 2.5 million young athletes. This is the tournament’s first visit to the United States in its 18 year history and the first year the tournament is hosting a girls division. It seems only fitting then that this year’s United States ambassador to the Danone Nations Cup is U.S. World Cup Champion, U.S. Olympian, and the #1 all-time leading scorer in international soccer history, Abby Wambach. Unknown to many, the Danone Nation’s Cup World Final at Red Bull Arena takes place just 4 miles (6.4 km) from the site of America’s first international soccer game in the neighboring town of Kearney, N.J. The now vacant property at 900 Passaic Street in Kearney was once home to the Clark Thread Company, a Scottish firm employing immigrant workers from England, Ireland and Scotland who brought the game of soccer with them from their native countries. The Clark Thread Company’s team, the “Clark O.N.T.” (named after one of the company’s products, “Our New Thread”), prevailed in winning the inaugural Ameri- Above: 1885 O.N.T. FC American Team can Football Association Challenge Cup in 1885 by defeating Source: Kearny NJ Public Library the New York F.C. It was later that same year, on November 25th 1885, that a Canadian all-star team visiting the U.S. defeated an American team at the Clark Thread Company’s field by a score of 1-0 in what is recorded as the first international soccer game in America. The Canadian team returned the following year and was defeated by the O.N.T. FC by a score of 3-2. It is therefore only fitting that the Danone Nation’s Cup World Final’s first visit to the United States take place in neighborhood that is the birthplace of American soccer. We are honored to be hosting the 2017 Danone Nations Cup World Final in the New York Metro region which, by the way, is also home to the Danone Corporation’s U.S. headquarters, Dannon North America, in nearby White Plains, N.Y.

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2017 Danone Nations Cup World Final The World Gathers in Celebration

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The Nations Ballet Under the stage direction of Eric Checco and the choreography of Willy Laury dancers from local dance studios performed pieces celebrating each of the 33 nations participating in the tournament on center stage. Assisting them were professional dancers Lukasz Zieba, Eriko Lisaku and Sacha Storto.

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Mexico Boy’s 2017 Champions

Photo: Courtesy Danone 2017

Distance between Red Bull Arena and Mexico City, Mexico 2,085 miles / 3,355 km Photo: Courtesy Danone 2017

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Brazil Girls’s 2017 Champions

Photo: Courtesy Danone 2017

Distance between Red Bull Arena and Brasilia, Brazil 4,260 miles / 6,854 km Photo: Courtesy Danone 2017

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Argentina Boy’s 2017 2nd Place

Photo: Courtesy Danone 2017 Photo: Warren Rosenberg

Distance between Red Bull Arena and Buenos Aires, Argentina 5,308 miles / 8,542 km

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Canada Girls’s 2017 2nd Place

Photo: Courtesy Danone 2017

Distance between Red Bull Arena and Ottawa, Canada 333 miles / 536 km

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USA Girls’s 2017 3rd Place Photo: Courtesy Danone 2017

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USA Boy’s 2017 18th Place

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Photo: Courtesy Danone 2017

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Danone Nations Cup 2017 Final Standings 1. Mexico 1. Brazil 2. Argentina 2. Canada 3. Morocco 3. France 4. Romania 4. USA 5. Germany 5. Spain 6. Canada 6. Italy 7. Ghana 8. Indonesia Photo: Warren Rosenberg 9. Spain 10. Austria 11. France 12. Switzerland 13. Japan 14. Tunisia 15. United Arab Emirates 16. Portugal 17. South Korea 18. USA 19. China 20. Hungary 21. Netherlands 22. Algeria 23. Uruguay 24. Belgium 25. Bulgaria 26. Poland 27. South Africa 28. England 29. Senegal 30. Brazil 18 | October 2017


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“We are in a world that is getting tough, sometimes hard to understand. The great thing about sports, and soccer in particular is that it’s a common, universal language. It’s one where everyone can thrive to really become the best of people, or of self. My message from this tournament is to never forget about your dreams. Whatever the world might look like, whatever, life is not easy, it’s not coming easy. But if you are really committed to becoming what you truly want to become, that’s part of what happens in this great family.” Emanuel Faber, C.E.O., Danone “A massive congratulations to Mexico and Brazil for winning this year’s Danone Nations Cup World Final. All teams showed tremendous skills and talent on the pitch. I’m very proud to be part of this fantastic program, helping children develop their passion for football and grow with a great deal of respect for themselves and others around them. I seriously urge everyone to continue to believe in their dreams and wish them the best of luck for the future.” Abby Wambaugh, Olympic Gold Medalist, Highest Scoring Professional Soccer Player

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