Change your faces, gentlemen, become sportsmen, and help restore to the weary and torn world the true peace that can rest solely on the understanding of nations and whose symbol is the world-conquering darling and the remedy of youth: the little yellow leather ball, is, was and will be.

Source: Walther Bensemann – Der Kicker, April 19, 1921

These words were written more than 100 years ago by the person in whose memory the Walther Bensemann Memorial Tournament will be held in Nuremberg, the city of human rights, in 2022. Walther Bensemann, founder of Kicker, co-founder and namesake of the German Football Association, pioneer of soccer, inventor of the original international matches, this tournament is dedicated to him. Organized by the initiative !Never again and Makkabi Germany, around 200 U17 kickers from 8 top teams and 5 countries in Europe will play against each other and carry on Walther Bensemann’s vision together with numerous Holocaust survivors and committed companions. On the soccer field, in talks, lectures, workshops and evenings together, all participants and supporters stand up for a Europe in which justice, tolerance, humanity and peace prevail.

Chelsea FC

Eintracht Frankfurt

Karlsruhe SC

1. FC Nürnerg

Maccabi Tel Aviv

FC Bayern

KS Cracovia

FC Bologna



Valznerweiherstrasse 200

90480 Nürnberg

Today’s talents are tomorrow’s role models and opinion makers – just like Walther Bensemann was a role model and opinion maker in European football.

  • 19 workshops

    Lectures and Excursions

  • 3 evening events

    Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings

The Namesake

Walther Bensemann (* 1873 in Berlin; † 1934 in Montreux) is regarded as one of the most important pioneers in German football history, both for the early phase when the first clubs were founded and for the phase in which the game was popularized during the Weimar Republic.

As the publisher of Kicker , he fought for international encounters, a cosmopolitan society and the idea of European unity.

Tournament History

Foundation: 1934 by Albert Mayer, Dr. Ivo Schricker (FIFA Secretary General), Dori Kürschner (Trainer Grashoppers Zurich), Georges Singer (President AS Strasbourg)

First held: 1937

Previous events: 31

An event by

Our Patrons

Horst Hrubesch – Dr. Charlotte Knobloch – Marcus Koenig – Dr. Joseph Schuster


Our Partners and Sponsors

  • address

    Eberhard Schulz
    Initiative for the day of remembrance in German football – !Nie Wieder
    Winthirstr. 33
    80639 Munich
  • Venue

    Club premises 1. FC Nuremberg
    Valznerweiher sports park
    Valznerweiherstrasse 200

    90480 Nürnberg