For two months from the end of February to the end of April, Milan Club Montreal hosted a FIFA 21 Charity Tournament in benefit of Fondazione Milan "Play for the Future" project. The tournament featured 64 participants from all continents, majority of whom were Milan Clubs abroad. Matches were streamed on Twitch for all Milan fans to see.
Thanks to the tournament participants and a subsequent raffle, a total of 2,076 euros were raised for the benefit of the youth of the "Play for the Future" project. The top 3 finishers and raffle ticket winners won some fantastic Milan prizes. The format of the tournament was a bracket "Champions League" style knockout. Players played 2 matches, Milan vs Milan, and the winner advanced on aggregate.
The project had three main objectives which were met with a resounding success according to Milan Club Montreal President Marcello Furgiuele:
"Following the success of the tournament we hosted last year, we wanted to make this event bigger and add a fundraising component to it. Our objective was to unite the Milan community, share our passion for Milan in a positive way and help Fondazione Milan."
Milan Club Busto Arsizio, represented by Davide Castiglioni, won the tournament by defeating Mohamed Sobhy of Milan Club Egypt. He then went on to face Diego 'QLASH Crazy' Campagnani in a showcase match that was simulcast on Milan Weekly Podcast and Alessandro Jacobone 'Non Evoluto' channels. Davide ended up scoring a 90th minute goal to win 3-2 on aggregate!
For Fondazione Milan fundraiser Benedetto Di Blasi, it was important to help the youth via this tournament:
"I want to thank Milan Club Montreal and their President Marcello Furgiuele that organized this tournament. It is a wonderful initiative that reinforces the sense of belonging of Milan fans in the world. Thanks to their contribution, they supported some at risk youth. It is a clear sign of solidarity and help so no one is left behind and can put their talent to good use."
Getting involved in the tournament was also important for AC Milan QLASH Esport Manager Sergio Porcelli:
"Initiatives with Milan are of primary importance to us, as is promoting our brand to an international audience. Our very own Diego Campagnani gave the winner the opportunity to play against him to know what it's like to play against a professional. We were happy to help Fondazione Milan."
Given the positive feedback by the participants, the goal in the future is to grow the tournament and make it an annual event to unite all the Milan Clubs and continue to support the youth that are followed and helped by Fondazione Milan.