Heydar Aliyev Cup - 2012, Romania
2012-05-09 - Bucharest

Eight teams participated in the football tournament held by Odlar Yurdu with support from SOCAR’s representation in Romania. The competition participants and spectators first visited Heydar Aliyev Park in Bucharest to lay flowers in front of the monument to the national leader and express their respect and esteem for him. At the opening ceremony, Ilham Naghiyev, the chairman of Odlar Yurdu, stated that this tournament had been held in various European countries in previous years and now Romania had joined this list. In the opinion of the chairman of the organization, the tournament, which has been held annually since 2008, has made a great contribution to strengthening the promotion of Azerbaijan in Bucharest and other cities.

Hamza Kerimov, head of the SOCAR representation in Romania, talked about the contributions of Heydar Aliyev, the National Leader, to furthering the establishment and improvement of relations between Azerbaijan and Romania. The guests observed that such competitions are of great significance in terms of strengthening the relationships between Azerbaijani students and Romanian youths and ensuring awareness among the latter about Azerbaijan.

Then the tournament began. Eight teams of young footballers from the Romanian Professional League participated in the competition.

At the end of the tournament the winning team was awarded with various prizes, letters of commendation, medals and of course, the Cup. The players of the other teams were presented with visual keepsakes from Azerbaijan made by Odlar Yurdu and the SOCAR representation in Romania.