Heydar Aliyev Cup - 2013 , Romania
2013-04-28 - Bucharest, Romania
Romania was a next destination for "Heydar Aliyev Cup-2013" tournament
Next round of international five-a-side (five-a side) tournament dedicated to the 90th jubilee of the National Leader Heydar Aliyev was held in Romania. Prior to start of the tournament , participants and guests of the tournament visited TEI park of Bucharest laid a wreath and bunch of flowers at the bust of the National leader Heydar Aliyev and pay the tribute to the his memory. At the official opening ceremony of " Heydar Aliyev Cup-2013" international mini-football tournament held in Herestrau Park a detailed information on tournaments was delivered. At the ceremony with participation of employees of Embassy of Turkey in Romania, Turkish Businessmen Association, Representation of Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Romaniaand the Romanian office of SOCAR, the guests shared their views on the tournament. Aykut Akbulut, a Chairman of theTurkish Businessmen Association told about the achievements gained during leadership of the National Leader Heydar Aliyev and stressed his role as an architect of major projects across the region. Chairman of Land of Fire Organization, Ilham Naghiyev, one of the organizers of the tournament, noted that international mini-football tournament " Heydar Aliyev Cup-2013 " has already turned into tradition. "Over the last 5 years, such tournaments took place in various European countries, and it is already a second year Romania has been partipating at the tournament," the chairman said. Ilham Naghiyev highlighted a wider scale of this year's tournament dedicated to the 90th jubilee of the National Leader Heydar Aliyev as compared to the previous ones.Hamza Karimov, Head of SOCAR branch office in Romania touched upon the issues on establishment and development Azerbaijan-Romania relations and informed on Heydar Aliyev activities in this area. According to him, this five-a-side tournament serves for strengthening relations between the two countries as well contribute to a high level of propaganda of our country.
After official ceremony has ended, Romania national qualifying round in the framework of the "Heydar Aliyev Cup-2013" international mini-football tournament started. Tournament involving 8 teams participants became a scene of hot contest since the very beginning. A play of "Eliade lyceum " and " Eliade lyceum -2 " teams that reached semi-final put an audience into a flutter. A final featured with hot fight finished by a victory of " Eliade lyceum "team. Azerbaijan team won the third place. Head of SOCAR branch office in Romania, Hamza Karimov and Deputy Chairman of Land of Fire, Ilgar Naghiyev, presented a cup to the winning team. Other teams were awarded with medals, honorary diplomas and gifts as well.
It should be noted that Romanian Marian Aliuta who vindicated honour of "Neftchi" football club joined the ceremony. The event was followed by a concert.
It will be recalled that the tournament involving 8 countries was organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Youth Union of Russia and Land of Fire organization of Great Britain. Tournament 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.