The successful attempt to have “The most nationalities on a theme park ride” took place on Monday afternoon on the 60-metre high Ferris wheel at the Liseberg theme park in connection with the Gothia Cup youth football tournament.
“By bringing different nationalities together on one ride we want to show our borderless world and our common responsibility for its future, regardless of nationality, religion, sex or color,” said Dennis Andersson, General Secretary of Gothia Cup, in a statement.
The 72 record holders included Gothenburg residents, as well as players from teams which participated in the Meet the World and Gothia Cup football tournaments including Hamish St George, 15, and Dylan Andrews, 15, from Perth, Western Australia.
The boys were representing their own local team Subiaco SC in the Gothenburg tournament.
“We were excited just to be playing football when we came here, but this is an added bonus,” said Andrews to the TT news agency.
The record, which shattered the previous record of 50 nationalities on a ride, was witnessed by Guinness World Records representative, Annabel Lawday, who congratulated the new world record holders.
The record attempt was arranged in conjunction with the 38th annual Gothia Cup football tournament and organized by ball bearing manufacturer SKF and Liseberg theme park.
Since it’s start in 1975, the Gothia Cup has grown to become the world’s largest youth football tournament, with this year’s tournament bringing more than 1,600 teams and 35,000 players from around the world to Gothenburg.
Starting in 2006, Swedish ball-bearings maker SKF arranged Meet the World tournaments in 15 to 20 countries in an effort to bring youth who would otherwise not have the opportunity to play in Gothia Cup in Sweden.
The winning team from each local Meet the World tournament receives an all-expenses-paid trip to play in the Gothia Cup.
In 2012, SKF is sponsoring 25 teams from 24 countries, including one Special Olympics team.