Heydar Aliyev Cup - 2013 , Great Britain
2013-04-20 - Great Britain, London


Traditional "Heydar Aliyev Cup" tournament started
This time around the tournament will be held in 8 countries  and end in Baku

Today, the national qualifying  rounds on country in the framework of "Heydar Aliyev Cup - 2013" international five-a-side tournament have  started in the capital of the UK  "Foggy Albion" . Unlike previous years, current tournament being held  on a larger scale and involving  8 countries is implemented by Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan,   Azerbaijani Youth Organization of Russia, Land of Fire  Organization of Great Britain.London round of the tournament  is realized under support of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Great Britain.
Amateur teams of different nationalities  measured swords at London competition  held in the framework of the tournament dedicated  to 90th jubilee of the national leader Heydar Aliyev. One could have seen players speaking English, Spanish, Serbian, Ukrainian, Russian, Lithuanian, Bosnian etc/ languages among the members of teams participated in the competition. The Chairman of Land of Fire  Organization Ilham Naghiyev  making speech at the opening ceremony of the tournament marked  traditional "Heydar Aliyev Cup" international football tournament this year will be held on the larger scale due to being dedicated  to the 90th jubilee of the National Leader. It has been stressed  the tournament plays a particular role in terms of development of  co-operation of Azerbaijan communities  in Europe, extension of relations among representatives of the Diaspora and delivery of ideas of National Leader Heydar Aliyev to the young generation of the  Diaspora. Head of organization  focused on ethnic composition of teams involved into the tournament and emphasized    this  tournament is a manifestation ofAzerbaijan’s tolerance culture. After that tournament games have been launched.
Considering the fact of amateur tournament held among young people, the members  of various teams participated in hot contest games  proved to be none the worse than  professional football teams. In the end, the Bosnia team  won the tournament  based on     score points and gained a pass to the final stage "Grand Final"  to be held  on the eve of birthday of National Leader Heydar Aliyev in Baku. Teams, which won first place, were awarded with 3 medals and  winning team with "Heydar Aliyev Cup". Defeated parties did not return empty-handed, and were presented with  promotional gifts.  Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan United Kingdom and Northern Ireland Fakhraddin Gurbanov delivered a speech at the awarding ceremony and stressed an  importance of the tournament that have been organizing  since 2008 for 6 years in a row by  the Embassy and Land of Fire organization ​​and paramount  role of "Heydar Aliyev Cup"  turned into tradition  for recognition of Azerbaijan worldwide . At the end of his speech, the Ambassador reminded the youth of greatest contribution of Great Leader  for Azerbaijan state and the nation.
It will be recalled that the tournament   dedicated to the 90th jubilee of the National Leader Heydar Aliyev is held  in 8 countries-Great BritainGermanyAustriaCzech RepublicRomaniaLithuaniaUkraine and   Russia. 8 teams compete among themselves in each country, and the winner gains  eligibility  for the "Grand Final"   game by coming to Azerbaijan. "Grand Final" will be held in the first half of June.