Heydar Aliyev Cup - 2013 , Great Britain
2013-04-20 - Great Britain, London
Traditional "Heydar Aliyev Cup" tournament startedThis 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 Britain, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Romania, Lithuania, Ukraine 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.