Takeo Shuzui Takeo Shuzui, President JVC
Sponsorship of youth football is always a gratifying exercise, but when the tournament in question is so thoroughly exciting and technically so outstanding as the FIFA/JVC Cup in Ecuador, then the sponsor's satisfaction is, of course, all the greater.

JVC is proud to have been associated with the FIFA Under-17 World Championship for many years now, and we look forward to this cooperation continuing in the future. The JVC Cup has become the most coveted title in world teenage football, and this latest edition of the championship has proved once again that technical standards continue to increase and encourage teams to increase their efforts to secure the bronze trophy for themselves.

While the popular success of the Championship, with TV coverage in some 130 countries, is of course a major factor in JVC's involvement in this project, it is not the determining element. Our company is dedicated to helping promote sporting excellence in every way, especially among young people, and the truly international flavour of this Championship also reflects the worldwide philosophy of our company.

In offering thanks to FIFA for its valued partnership and also to the Ecuador Football Federation for its cooperation in the organisation of this year's finals, we would not wish to fail to congratulate the winners, Ghana, on their magnificent achievement, and to offer congratulations also to all the finalists for their spirit of fair play throughout the 32 matches.