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Record-Breaking Munegu Cup Brings Joy and Unity to Stade Louis II

The second edition of the Munegu Cup saw a spectacular turnout, with over 400 eager schoolchildren from the Principality descending upon Stade Louis-II on Wednesday, May 28. Organized in partnership with the Department of National Education, Youth, and Sports (DENJS), this event doubled down on its previous success under the enthusiastic guidance of President Dmitry Rybolovlev.

A Record-Breaking Participation

This year’s competition saw a notable increase in participants, with about a hundred more children than last year, all brimming with excitement and energy. These young athletes, representing seven Monégasque schools—Révoires, Fontvieille, La Condamine, Saint-Charles, François d’Assise-Nicolas Barré (FANB), Cours Saint-Maur, and the International School of Monaco (ISM)—formed forty teams and kicked off the tournament at 9 AM with the group stage matches.

The atmosphere was electric as each team played four matches on the pitch of the Rocher players, specially divided into eight fields for the event. Bouba, the club’s beloved mascot, along with AS Monaco’s speaker Laurent Nieloux, kept the spirits high throughout the morning. As the initial round concluded, every school still had at least one team advancing to the round of 16.

Half-Time Show and High Stakes Finals

During the lunch break, the children were entertained by Jonathan Paul, the 2018 French freestyle champion, and a season retrospective of the Rocher players on the stadium’s giant screens.

The final phase of the tournament delivered nail-biting excitement and unexpected twists. Amidst loud cheers from their classmates, the teams from FANB 1 and Condamine 6 emerged as the finalists. The grand finale, marked by roaring support, culminated in a decisive 3-0 victory for FANB 1.

Championing Sportsmanship and Community

Dmitry Rybolovlev, reflecting on the event, highlighted the growing bond between AS Monaco and the Principality’s football enthusiasts. He expressed his gratitude for the support from the Department of National Education, Youth, and Sports, and emphasized the club’s commitment to fostering a passion for sports among the youth through various initiatives like the Kids Tour, ÜNSEME Cup, and the Munegu Family stand.

Celebrating Unity and Sportsmanship

During the award ceremony, Thiago Scuro, General Director of AS Monaco, and Isabelle Bonnal, General Commissioner of the DENJS, applauded the participants and extended their thanks to all who contributed to the event’s success.

Isabelle Bonnal remarked on the unity displayed by the 420 boys and girls playing together, forming complete teams, which she described as a beautiful image of fraternity and unity. She praised the collaborative spirit and friendship fostered among the children.

A Lasting Legacy

Concluding the event, Scuro and Bonnal, along with U19 players Amal Boura and Soufian Awragh, presented the President of AS Monaco trophy to the jubilant winners. The second edition of the Munegu Cup ended on a high note, leaving all the schoolchildren with cherished memories and a strong sense of unity and sportsmanship.
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