ASTANA, Kazakhstan, July 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
The International Football Tournament EXPO 2017 Football Cup, organized as part of Astana EXPO 2017, will take place on August 5 and 6. The national teams of Kazakhstan, Russia, Italy, Germany, Portugal and the World Select Team will compete at the Astana Arena Stadium.
"This is a unique sporting event similar to the Legends Cup which will take place in the capital of Kazakhstan for the first time," said Allen Chayzhunusov, Director of Department of Promotion and Tourism at National Company "Astana EXPO-2017".
Six teams will participate in the EXPO 2017 Football Cup: Kazakhstan, Russia, Italy, Germany, Portugal and the World Select Team.
The opening ceremony and matches of the group stage will take place on August 5. Play-offs and the awards ceremony will be held on August 6.
Fans will be able to enjoy the game of such players as Dino Baggio, Marco Delvecchio, Nuno Maniche, Jean-Pierre Papin, Roman Shirokov, Valery Karpin, Aleksandr Filimonov, etc.
According to Seilda Bayshakov, President of the Football Federation of Kazakhstan, the country's national team will be represented by football veterans including Oleg Voskoboynikov, Igor Avdeev, Andrey Karpovich, Kairat Aubakirov, Murat Tleshev, Nurbol Zhumaskaliev and Andrei Finonchenko.
"On August 4, at 5:30 p.m. football fans will be able to meet with the teams and get autographs, there will also be photoshoots. All this will take place on the stage of the EXPO 2017 Amphitheater. On August 6 from 10:00 a.m. till midday a workshop will be organized specially for those who attend youth athletics centers, and the players will also take part in it," added Mr. Chayzhunusov.
"I am certain that the EXPO 2017 Football Cup will become a good tradition," added Tamerlan Kuriev, the founder and General Manager of the Legends Cup tournament and President of New Sport Agency.
Aydyn Kozhakhmet, a sports journalist and football expert said: "Tournaments such as these are great because they are targeted at 'football aesthetes' who think that a match should be spectacular and that football is an art. This is why I am confident that all of us, fans and experts, will be very pleased to see the work of great masters such as Hernan Crespo, Gaizka Mendieta Zabala, Jari Litmanen and others."
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SOURCE National company “Astana EXPO-2017”