Heydar Aliyev Cup - 2012, England
2012-06-13 - London

The next round of the Heydar Aliyev Cup football tournament took place in London on the eve of the Summer Olympic Games. The tournament, which took place with the organizational support of Odlar Yurdu in Romania, the Czech Republic, Austria and the United Kingdom, once again reminded Europe of Azerbaijan’s global presence. Students from various countries participated in the tournament alongside our compatriots residing in the United Kingdom. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ilham Naghiyev, chairman of Odlar Yurdu Organisation, noted that the Heydar Aliyev Cup helped to establish and improve relationships between young Azerbaijanis and foreign youths. In his opinion this tournament will have added to the positive impression held by others of Azerbaijan.

      Teams from Azerbaijan, Russia, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Germany participated in this event, which was held with considerable support from and close collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the United Kingdom. The tournament, which ended in victory for the Belarusian team, aroused great interest among participants and spectators.

      In his speech at the awards ceremony, Ilham Naghiyev, chairman of Odlar Yurdu, congratulated the tournament winners and observed that the Heydar Aliyev Cup had already become a European tradition. The competition, although it has winners, never has losers because it is implemented to honour the memory of the National Leader, His Excellency Heydar Aliyev, in the name of solidarity, friendship and peace among nations. Thus the 2012 Heydar Aliyev Cup held with the initiative and organizational support of Odlar Yurdu came to an end.