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  1. Sad news Russian worker killed at site of 2018 World Cup stadium Tuesday, 13 November 2012 By Duncan Mackay November 13 - A Russian builder was killed today after a crane collapsed at the construction site of the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadium in Kazan, local authorities said. The 25-year-old man was using the crane as a platform to carry out work when the part he was standing on detached and sent him falling 35 metres to his death. "At 2.40 Moscow time on November 13 at the site of the under-construction football stadium on Chistopolskaya Street in Kazan, the boom of a crane broke off," the regional Investigative Committee said in a statement. "As a result, a 25-year-old builder died." Last month, a 48-year-old steel worker was killed at the site of the new Spartak Moscow stadium, another World Cup stadium. The arena in Kazan will host football at next year's Universiade Games and will serve as the home ground of local club side Rubin Kazan. insideworldfootball
  2. Interesting design , I would like to see stadium like this become a reality somewhere but I don't think they will choose it
  3. RFU look to maximise on World Cup legacy after learning from mistakes of 2003 By ALEX LOWE PUBLISHED: 00:16 GMT, 1 November 2012 | UPDATED: 10:01 GMT, 1 November 2012 The Rugby Football Union have learned the lessons from 2003 and tonight launched plans to maximise the legacy of hosting the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil. When England returned triumphant from Australia nine years ago, the RFU were not ready to deal with the immediate spike in interest in the sport. There were not, for example, enough coaches in the grass-roots game to handle the upsurge in participation numbers and the RFU are determined not to make the same mistake again. \ Making it count: RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie, England's World Cup winner Jason Leonard and Rugby Development Director Steve Grainger with the Webb Ellis trophy With three years to go until the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham, the RFU revealed a seven-point plan to make 'the oval ball the ball of choice' in England. 'The key learning from 2003 was that we didn't plan in advance. The coaches and referees just weren't there,' said Steve Grainger, the RFU's development director. 'That is absolutely what we are doing now.' The RFU will invest £25million into 500 grass-roots clubs and a further £1million into qualifying 6,500 new referees and coaches and bringing 5,000 volunteers into the game. The All Schools programme is aimed at giving a million children a chance to play rugby, with a target of introducing the sport to 750 secondary state schools by 2019. Missed opportunity: England missed the chance to capitalise on Sir Clive Woodward's 2003 World Cup winning side 'The World Cup in 1991 was in England and we saw how the public's perception of rugby changed," said Jason Leonard, who played in that tournament and eventually won the World Cup in 2003. 'But with the legacy planning for this World Cup, we are going to hit the ground running. It is getting volunteers and clubs involved. 'I think this will be the best ever World Cup and we have got to make sure we push that all the way through. This is a great opportunity for English rugby.' Although the RFU are looking to use the 2015 World Cup to spread the game and capture new players and supporters, it is unlikely that England will play any Test matches away from Twickenham in the build-up to the tournament. 'We need to look at methods of engaging with the World Cup around the country over the next three years. We have to think about ways of creating interest and getting people excited,' said RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie. 'We have to look at where do England play, when do they play? You would never say never but there is a strong financial reason why England matches are played at Twickenham. 'It is not just as easy as taking a match somewhere. There are all sorts of other things we can look at for games beyond the England senior team.' Daily Mail
  4. Host cities study Poland's EURO 2012 experience (FIFA.com) Monday 29 October 2012 © LOC Between 23 and 27 October, senior representatives from the regions and cities which will be hosting the FIFA World Cup Russia™ visited Poland's UEFA EURO 2012 host cities: Warsaw, Wroclaw and Gdansk. The delegation was in Poland to gain experience of how to organise a major football tournament. This was the first working visit since the Host Cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup were announced in late September. The trip gave representatives of the Russian cities the opportunity to talk to their Polish counterparts at seminars and meetings, and also to ask questions about tournament preparations. The Russian delegation also visited the tournament stadiums, the venues for the fan fests, the training bases and hotels where players and guests stayed during EURO 2012, major transport hubs and other tournament infrastructure. A key aspect of the visit was a seminar in Warsaw, entitled "From the European Championships to the FIFA World Cup - Poland's experience". The seminar was attended by the head of the EURO 2012 office in Poland, Dariusz Buza; the director of the office for security and crisis management, Ewa Gawor; a Polish deputy foreign minister, Beata Stelmach; the chairman of the PL.2012 association, Marcin Herra; and representatives of companies involved in the planning and staging of the tournament. "We're very pleased to welcome representatives of the 2018 FIFA World Cup host cities toPoland, and to share our experience of hosting EURO 2012. We will be happy to help our Russian friends in every way as they prepare for the World Cup, and we will give their endeavours our wholehearted support," said Beata Stelmach, one of Poland's deputy foreign ministers. This visit forms part of the process of studying the experience accumulated by Poland and Ukraine in planning and staging EURO 2012. Representatives of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Host Cities had previously been to Poland and Ukraine just before and also during the tournament. http://www.fifa.com/...8975/index.html
  5. It's official now Fernando, logo launch will be in spring next year UEFA EURO 2016 steering group meets in Paris Published: Tuesday 23 October 2012, 16.52CET UEFA President Michel Platini said the second meeting of the UEFA EURO 2016 steering group in Paris had gone "very well" with good progress reported on ongoing projects. UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino, UEFA President Michel Platini and FFF president Noël Le Graët at the second meeting of the UEFA EURO 2016 steer The UEFA EURO 2016 steering group has held its second meeting in Paris, the capital city of host country France. Set up in April 2011, the steering group for the tournament in four years' time comprises the four major organisational stakeholders: UEFA, the French Football Federation (FFF), the French government and the host cities. It is a forum for discussion and for ensuring that information on the progress of key organisational projects is shared. Two or three meetings a year are envisaged. The steering group consists of: UEFA President Michel Platini; Jacques Lambert, president of EURO 2016 SAS; UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino; UEFA Deputy General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis; Borislav Mihaylov, UEFA Executive Committee member and president of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFS); Peter Gilliéron, UEFA Executive Committee member and president of the Swiss Football Association (SFV-ASF); Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation (FFF); Valérie Fourneyron, French minister of sport, youth, education for all and community life; Maurice Vincent, chairman of the Club des Sites (host city association) and chairman of Saint-Étienne Métropole. Martin Kallen, director of operations for UEFA Events and CEO of EURO 2016 SAS, has observer status. The final round of UEFA EURO 2016 will be staged in France – the third time that the country has hosted the tournament – from mid-June to 10 July 2016. The field is being increased from 16 to 24 teams, and the tournament will feature 51 matches – 20 more than at UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. Fifty-two national associations will contest the qualifying competition, and France qualify directly as host country. The qualifying draw will take place at the Palais des Congres Acropolis in Nice on 9 March 2014. "The meeting went very well," said Michel Platini. "After a general survey of the various projects, we decided notably that the final round draw will take place at the Palais des Congrès de la Porte Maillot in Paris in December 2015, and that the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) will be located at the Parc des Expositions at la Porte de Versailles in Paris. We were also informed about the latest developments concerning the stadiums, and the French association will provide the definitive list of venues for the UEFA Executive Committee meeting on 24 January 2013." UEFA EURO 2016 is the catalyst for a huge modernisation programme that will give France a new generation of sports infrastructures. "The state is placing enormous importance on the event, and we are truly proud to be organising EURO 2016," said sports minister Valérie Fourneyron. "We want to unite the entire nation around the tournament. The EURO represents a legacy for tomorrow for the entire country, as well as for our youth." The ten French cities selected to hold matches at UEFA EURO 2016 are Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse. The host cities have formed the Club des Sites, the host cities' association. An estimated 2.5 million supporters are expected in the stadiums, compared with 1.4 million for UEFA EURO 2012. The prospect of staging UEFA EURO 2016 has given rise to an ambitious stadium construction and renovation project for the stadiums where final-round matches will be played. "The association's role is to provide nine stadiums," said FFF president Le Graët. "Currently we have ten, and we will be within the schedule. I am delighted that work for the Lyon project has begun, and that the Lens regional authorities have decided to be involved in the renovation of that stadium." UEFA – the competition rights holder – and the FFF have set up a joint venture, EURO 2016 SAS. Responsibility for the operational organisation of the tournament has been delegated to this company under a single directorate. EURO 2016 SAS is a company under French law, with the legal form of a simplified joint stock company, owned 95% by UEFA and 5% by the FFF. UEFA has two direct organisational tasks – sports-related organisation of the tournament (schedule, disciplinary matters, refereeing, doping controls, etc.) and marketing and management of the event-related commercial rights (audiovisual, marketing, licensing, hospitality, tickets). The FFF is responsible for private security for the tournament, while EURO 2016 SAS is responsible all other operational tasks on behalf of UEFA and the FFF. UEFA EURO 2016 timetable Spring 2013: Launch of the tournament logo and branding 9 March 2014: Draw for the qualifying competition September 2014: Start of the qualifying competition June 2015: 'One year to go' events December 2015: Draw for the final round March 2016: Finalists' workshop Mid-June 2016: Opening match 10 July 2016: Final http://www.uefa.com/...id=1879680.html All euro-2016 stadiums will be ready - Platini October 23 2012 at 05:35pm Paris - All stadiums selected to host matches in the 2016 European Championships will be ready in time, UEFA president Michel Platini insisted Tuesday. “The federation will deliver them,” Platini said alongside fellow steering committee members, organising committee head Jacques Lambert, French football federation head Noel Le Graet, French Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron, and Maurice Vincent, the mayor of St Etienne acting as representative of the host cities. “Euro-2012 is finished, long live Euro-2016,” Platini said, adding: “But pay attention, people badmouthed Ukraine and Poland but in the end it was a success beyond all expectations. They set the bar very high.” Federation head Le Graet played down any fears over the stadiums, specifically in Lyon and Lens. “Lyon will be completed. It's a stadium that is indispensable for French football,” Le Graet said of the planned 'Stade des Lumieres' (stadium of light). “I'm very happy that work has got under way and I think it will be ready on time,” which should be mid-2015, according to Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas. Le Graet added that concerns over the Lens stadium had been resolved, and that the eight other sites (Paris - Parc des Princes, Saint-Denis - Stade de France, Lille, Saint-Etienne, Marseille, Nice, Bordeaux and Toulouse) posed “no problem”. The draw for the qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 will take place in Nice on March 9, 2014. The qualifying phase for the tournament will run from September 2014 to November 2015. http://www.iol.co.za...62#.UIe2csXfDtk
  6. Russia may simplify visa regulations for 2018 World Cup Image via elbrustours.ru Oct 21, 2012 MOSCOW, Russia - Russia law makers would considering more simplified visa regulations for foreigners related to the 2018 World Cup, a travel industry union said Sunday. A bill has been presented to the State Duma, or lower house of the parliament for the visa-free discussion, Russian Union of the Travel Industry said. The bill allowed foreign citizens involving in organizing and conducting the World Cup and the 2017 Confederations' Cup to skip the consular procedures and fees related to the visas, Yury Barzykin, Vice President of the union told local media. Meanwhile, certain kinds of foreigners, especially those participating in the games, could enter Russia during the competition period without getting a visa if certain documents are provided in advance, the bill suggested. Moreover, the bill would give certain foreigners the right of free travels between Russian host cities of the World Cup. For example, a ticket to a game of the World Cup could be taken as a "travel document," Interfax news agency quoted Barzykin as saying. The bill, if approved by the State Duma, would help boost the sports tourism in Russia during the World Cup years and encourage more sports fans and travelers to visit the country, Barzykin said. Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said previously that Russia would speed up preparations for the World Cup following the unveiling of the 11 host cities. The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) and Russia last month announced 11 host cities of the World Cup, which include Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Samara, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd and Sochi. Russia pledged to hold "a high quality championships" with full-scale preparation works, Mutko said. http://www.eturbonew...-2018-world-cup
  7. KAZAN READY TO BOOST AQUATICS IN RUSSIA Kazan, the Russian city that will host the 2015 FINA World Championships, is ideally equipped to give aquatics a perfect launch pad in Russia, according to Vladimir Leonov, the director general of the 2013 Universiade, the next major sporting event to take place in the country. The ambitious Russian city is playing a major role in a decade of huge sporting events to take place in the country. Next year, during the torch relay ahead of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Kazan will be the destination for the high-profile New Year’s Eve celebrations, and the city will also host football matches during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In 2015, Kazan will stage FINA’s flagship event, the World Championships and, according to Leonov, visiting aquatics fans will be in for a treat after the facilities are given a test run during the Universiade, which is organized for university athletes. “The Universiade swimming tournament will be held at the Aquatics Palace,” Leonov said. “It’s a state-of-the-art venue, the construction of which largely contributed to Kazan’s winning of the 2015 FINA World Championships. “The Aquatics Palace is being constructed in full conformity with FINA’s requirements. We will use the Universiade swimming event to test operations ahead of the World Aquatics Championships so that we will be all set and perfectly ready to host them.” Aside from swimming events, the multi-sport Universiade will also stage water polo and synchronised swimming next year. Leonov believes the rapid rate of development in the Russian city will allow participants in various aquatics disciplines to enjoy a positive legacy after the Universiade and then beyond the FINA World Championships two years later. “Kazan is the sports capital of Russia and it gained its unofficial title in many respects thanks to winning the bid to host the 2013 Summer Universiade and the construction activities that have unfolded,” he said. “If there was only one large swimming pool before Kazan embarked on the preparations for the Games, today sports complexes with swimming pools are built across the entire city. It’s important for us to make these venues accessible to people; children and students play sports there, children and youth swimming lessons are regularly held. “Aquatics is becoming more and more popular among citizens and in many ways it’s a positive impact of our work. We think that after being staged at a new venue and in a new host city, the FINA World Championships will promote aquatic sports throughout the world, especially since it boasts one of largest TV audiences in the world.” As a precursor to the 2015 FINA World Championships, the 2012 FINA Convention will take place in Moscow, just a one-hour flight from Kazan. The convention will run from October 29 to November 1. The future for the Russian city in the international sporting arena looks positive, and Leonov expressed his confidence that “mega sporting events” such as the FINA World Championships will help to lift the profile of the Russian city to unprecedented heights and will “contribute to the social and economic development of Russia”. “We still have a lot to do, but we know that we are on the right track,” he said. http://aquaticsconve...atics-in-russia
  8. Arena-2018 gears up for major work (FIFA.com) Thursday 11 October 2012 © LOC A working meeting took place in Moscow on 10 September 2012 between management of theRussia 2018 Local Organising Committee, Arena-2018 and Charles R. Botta, FIFA's leading consultant on stadium construction and design. The meeting focused on mapping out collaboration between Arena-2018 and the FIFA technical group responsible for monitoring timetables and schedules for the design, construction and reconstruction of stadiums for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, as well as for monitoring compliance with FIFA requirements. At the meeting, representatives from Arena-2018 presented their most up-to-date information on the design and construction of stadiums for the FIFA World Cup. Those attending discussed the monitoring of stadium preparations ahead of the tournament. "Arranging accountability and communication between all sides is a key issue in our work because, during the design and construction process, the Host Cities will be asking a huge number of questions, and it's very important for us to speak the same language," explained Botta. "I'd like to say that I was really impressed with the outcome of the meeting. The Russia2018 Local Organising Committee and Arena-2018 have made excellent preparations and started this important work. In December 2012, representatives and consultants from Arena-2018, along with experts from FIFA's technical group, will be paying inspection visits to the tournament's Host Cities. And the following month, January 2013, they will present their first joint report to FIFA. "We already have things we can present to FIFA. Five of the stadiums for the tournament are already under construction: Spartak Moscow's arena and the stadiums in Sochi, Kazan, Saransk and St Petersburg," said Botta following the meeting. "In terms of the objectives facing all the people involved in the process, at this stage I would say it's about the Host Cities accepting Arena-2018 as their partner in getting the stadiums ready for the tournament." “Russia, like any country, has its own construction assessments and procedures,” he continued. “The lines of communication need to be put in place with the cities, and then it will be easier to make sure that the interests of all sides are taken into account, while observing FIFA's timetables and requirements. That's how it was in Germany and in South Africa, that's how we're working at the moment in Brazil, and I'm sure that we'll also be able to do the same in Russia." Arena-2018 was founded by the Russia 2018 LOC in April 2012. The organisation is responsible for monitoring the design, construction and rebuilding of the stadiums and ensure that FIFA requirements are met. http://www.fifa.com/...newsid=1783138/
  9. A-League 'should stop' for Asian Cup October 10, 2012 Michael Lynch The AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 logo is unveiled during the preliminary draw and logo launch in Melbourne yesterday. Photo: Getty Images AUSTRALIA'S Asian Cup organisers have yet to make critical decisions over match venues in hosting cities for the tournament, which kicks off in January 2015, but they would like the A-League to go into a temporary shutdown for at least part of the three-week competition. Michael Brown, the chief executive of the Local Organising Committee, yesterday said the tournament, which will pit 15 of Asia's top soccer nations against hosts Australia, would likely prosper more if it wasn't competing against domestic matches. The Asian Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and organisers say it will showcase Australia and its soccer industry to a potential television audience of 2.5 billion. It will cost some $75 million to stage, with the bulk of the cash - $61 million - coming from federal and state governments in a 50/50 split. The rest is expected to be generated by ticket sales to a cumulative audience of around 500,000, a minimum figure organisers expect. Sydney will stage the final, the semi-finals, the third-place play-off and a quarter-final. Melbourne will stage the opening game and could host the Socceroos if they make it to the quarter-final. Sydney gets the lion's share of critical games for two reasons - one financial, the other strategic. The New South Wales government is investing more money in the tournament than other state governments on the eastern seaboard (Victoria, Queensland and the ACT), and finals matches are its reward. In addition, Brown said: ''Melbourne is very busy at that time of the year with the Australian Open tennis being staged and the singles finals will clash with the Asian Cup final on January 31. But the opening game, on January 8, will be played there as well as six other group stage matches.'' But he added these were only proposals and were awaiting final ratification by the Asian Cup Executive Committee next year. Brown and his deputy Shane Harmon were at pains to point out that they were not advocating a shortening of the A-League season to accommodate the tournament, merely the creation of some clear air for it to capture the public's imagination. ''The two potential solutions are that we continue the A-League in centres which are not hosting games [Adelaide, Perth, Wellington, Newcastle, Gosford] or have a two- or three-week mid-season break,'' Harmon said. Brown added the Socceroos could field several players from A-League sides, which could be disadvantaged if they had to play through the Asian Cup against rivals lacking international representatives. South Australia and Western Australia will not host any Asian Cup matches because at the time the bid was being put together in 2010, their respective state governments did not want to invest in the project. But they will host several training camps for the competing 16 countries while warm-up matches will be played in Adelaide and Perth. Brown also revealed that no decision had been made where the Melbourne matches would be staged, with the organisers trying to balance financial considerations with appropriate size and use, considering that the Socceroos would at best be involved in only two of the seven matches slotted for the Victorian capital (a group phase match and potentially a quarter-final). The choice lies between Etihad Stadium, which boasts larger capacity, and AAMI Park, which would be a more appropriate size for a fixture pitting a nation like North Korea against Jordan, for example. ''We have had talks with both Melbourne venues,'' Brown said. ''It's about getting the best fit and the best venue for the best deal.'' http://www.theage.co...1009-27bae.html
  10. Kuban Krasnodar fans protest 2018 World Cup hosting snub By Andrew Warshaw October 8 - Fans of Russian Premier League club Kuban Krasnodar have written to both Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA boss Sepp Blatter protesting that their city was not chosen as one of the host venues for the 2018 World Cup. The southern city of Krasnodar, which boasts two clubs, FC Krasnodar and Kuban, in Russia's top flight, was overlooked last week when FIFA and Russia 2018 selected the 11 cities that will host the 32-team tournament. Saransk, the smallest of the contenders and with little football tradition, was considered an outsider but made the list at the expense of Krasnodar. "We would like to express our outrage regarding the decision to exclude Krasnodar from the list of host cities for the 2018 World Cup," the Kuban fans said in an open letter addressed to Putin, Blatter and Russia 2018 chairman Vitaly Mutko. "We also express our mistrust in those officials who had been in charge of picking the host cities. "There is no other city in Russia where the number one sport is as popular as it is here. "Despite the fact that Krasnodar's population is only 750,000 and our club has never won any major trophies, our 30,000-seat stadium has always been filled to capacity. " http://www.insidewor...up-hosting-snub
  11. Russia 2018 sets visa-free regime for World Cup ticket holders By Andrew Warshaw October 9 - Russia 2018 has reiterated plans to scrap visa requirements for fans – provided they have FIFA World Cup tickets Alexander Djordjadze, deputy chief executive and international relations director of Russia 2018, made the pledge during a special event in Moscow. "We [have] offered the Government a project on the visa-free regime for all those possessing tickets," said Djordjadze. "During the event, fans will be allowed to use their tickets as permits to visit the championship's host cities and those in the European part of Russia, including Kaliningrad and Yekaterinburg, on a free-of-charge basis." ... http://www.insidewor...-world-cup-fans
  12. Jilong confident of AFC Asian Cup success Melbourne: AFC Acting President Zhang Jilong predicted a thrilling AFC Asian Cup 2015 qualifying campaign following the preliminary draw here on Tuesday. Twenty teams came out of the pots to be slotted into five groups of four teams each. The qualifying action will start in February 2014 and end in March 2014 with 11 teams entering the tournament proper alongside hosts Australia, reigning champions Japan, Korea Republic, DPR Korea and the winners of the 2014 edition of the AFC Challenge Cup. “The long and difficult journey to that day starts here and now with the preliminary draw when 20 of our teams find out the challenges, which await them, as they pursue their aim of qualifying for the final tournament,” said Jilong. “I can safely predict a lot of goals, plenty of fair play and an endless supply of entertainment during the qualifying period.” Jilong gave voice to the Asian football family’s hopes and aspirations. “The AFC Asian Cup is the jewel in the crown of Asian football and sport-loving Australia has been entrusted to host the next edition,” said the AFC Acting President. “AFC is confident that the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 will be the best ever, a perfect and unforgettable celebration of football,” he said. FFA Chairman Frank Lowy said this is the first big event leading to the biggest football tournament ever staged in Australia. “We are honoured to be the host of this competition. It will celebrate Asia’s rich football heritage and leave a lasting legacy for the game here in Australia,” he said. “We believe the AFC Asian Cup will provide many opportunities to strengthen our trade and tourism ties with Asia.” AFC Asian Cup Organising Committee Chairman His Royal Highness Tengku Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah said that AFC had raised the bar for the AFC Asian Cup in terms of organisation, performance and attendance with each passing edition. “The 2015 qualifiers promise to be thrilling because the tournament itself continues to evolve with each passing edition. The AFC Asian Cup easily highlights everything that is praiseworthy about Asian football today,” he said. “The expectations are high not only of the teams but also of the hosts and my committee is confident that they will deliver a world-class event.” Premier of the state of Victoria Ted Baillieu said his government would work closely with ALOC to make the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ a great success. “We are supporting the event because we recognise how important the Asian Cup is for football here in Australia,” said Bailieu. “Australian governments want to work with the organisers to not only ensure the tournament is a great success but also to strengthen tourism, trade, investment and business ties with Asia,” he said. “Asia is a growing and important region for Victoria and Australia and I look forward to welcoming many international business people to Melbourne both in the lead-up to and during the event. “By making these connections we will ensure the Asian Cup is not only about the great football on the pitch, but leaves a great legacy after the final whistle is blown,” he added. http://www.the-afc.c...ers-will-thrill AFC Asian Cup rivalries renewed Melbourne: Renewal of acquaintance will be the main feature of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ qualifiers after the preliminary draw for Asia's flagship national team tournament was held here on Tuesday. Twenty teams were divided into five groups of four teams each. The top two teams from each group and the best third-placed team among all the groups will qualify for the tournament proper to be held in Australia in 2015. AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ champions Japan, hosts and runners-up Australia, third-placed Korea Republic, AFC Challenge Cup 2012 winners DPR Korea and the champions of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup will get direct berths in the final competition. Syria were together with Jordan in Group B of the last edition in Doha 2011 but the former crashed out while the Al Nashama advanced to the quarter-finals after finishing second in the group behind eventual champions Japan. This time, the Syrian Eagles, Jordan, Oman, and Singapore who last appeared in 1994, complete Group A. In another renewal of rivalry, Iran who beat Kuwait in the 1976 final to emerge as the champions have again been put together with the Al Azraq in Group B where they face off against Lebanon and 2007 co-hosts and group stage contestants Thailand. Iraq are to shake hands with Saudi Arabia again in Group C, having emerged champions in 2007 after defeating the Green Falcons. China PR, who were runners-up in 2004, and 2007 co-hosts Indonesia will keep them company. In Group E, Central Asians Uzbekistan will meet Hong Kong, the hosts and third place winners of the inaugural edition in 1956. The section is rounded off by 2007 quarter-finalists Vietnam and 1996 runners-up the UAE. Group D is home to 2011 hosts and quarter-finalists Qatar, who have appeared in the AFC Asian Cup seven times, their neighbours Bahrain, Yemen, and 2007 co-hosts and group stage contestants Malaysia. The qualifiers will commence in February 2013. The Groupings: Group A Jordan Syria Oman Singapore Group B Iran Kuwait Thailand Lebanon Group C Iraq China Saudi Arabia Indonesia Group D Qatar Bahrain Yemen Malaysia Group E Uzbekistan UAE Vietnam Hong Kong http://www.the-afc.c...40286-renew-acq
  13. AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ logo unveiled Melbourne: The AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ logo was unveiled in a glitzy ceremony at Hotel Sofitel here on Tuesday. Tuesday, 09 October 2012 16:02 The logo depicts a stylised player, kicking a football from the east coast of Australia across country towards Asia. The ball also represents the Australian summer sun arcing west from Australia to Asia. The four golden bands forming the map of Australia represent the four host cities. The design is embraced by the AFC holding device. The logo reflects an event that will be a festival of football. It will be celebrated in January, the height of the Australian summer holiday season so the colour palette is warm, festive and embracing of all participants from across Asia. The design reflects the fun and celebratory nature of the event with a strong sense of movement, energy and excitement. The elements behind the inspiration include the joys of an Australian beachside summer, the festive atmosphere of bringing many nations together, a sense of adventure Down Under and most of all, evoking the sporting spirit and energy of the game. The logo is full of dynamic movement, local colour and originality and it celebrates the word-class competitive nature of this great event, albeit with an Australian flavour. http://www.the-afc.c...5-logo-unveiled
  14. AFC Asian Cup preparations reviewed Melbourne: In its first meeting held in host country Australia, the AFC Asian Cup Organising Committee met under the chairmanship of AFC Vice-President HRH Tengku Abdullah Ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah and reviewed the preparations for the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ on Tuesday. At the outset, AFC Acting President Zhang Jilong praised the progress made by the Australian Local Organising Committee (ALOC) in staging a successful competition. “I would like to congratulate ALOC for their tremendous work so far in starting to prepare the venues for hosting the biggest football competition in Asia," said Jilong. “This is only the beginning and there is a lot that needs to be done in the run-up to the competition but I am confident that Australia will host the best ever competition,” he said. HRH Tengku Abdullah said the committee members were happy with the development so far and looking forward to the preliminary draw and logo launch later today. “We have the first big event of this competition today and I am sure Australia’s rich tradition and hospitality will leave an impression on all the team representatives and the committee members alike,” he said. “There would be obstacles along the way but I am sure that AFC and the ALOC will face them together and find solutions to make the event a success.” The committee later approved the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ logo. The members were briefed that the selection of host cities and stadiums would be finalised by April 2013. They were also informed about inspections by AFC teams to finalise the Stadium Technical Annex. ALOC CEO Michael Brown presented Australia’s planning and preparedness to host the event in 2015. http://www.the-afc.c...15-preparations
  15. AFC Asian Cup draw live on YouTube Melbourne: The AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015™ preliminary draw and logo launch will be streamed live via YouTube on Tuesday. The event, which will begin at 1800 hrs local time (GMT +11) at Melbourne’s Hotel Sofitel, can be watched through AFC Asian Cup’s YouTube page - www.youtube.com/theafcasiancup. Twenty teams will be divided into five groups of four teams each. Top two teams from each group and the best third-placed team among all the groups will qualify for the tournament proper to be held in Australia in 2015. AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ champions Japan, hosts and runners-up Australia, third-placed Korea Republic, AFC Challenge Cup 2012 winners DPR Korea and the champions of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup will get direct berths in the final competition. Teams from Uzbekistan, Qatar, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, China, Bahrain, Syria, UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Thailand, Yemen, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Lebanon and Hong Kong will know their opponents on Tuesday. http://www.the-afc.c...live-on-youtube
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  17. 2018 FIFA World Cup Host Cities Celebration
  18. Samara: World Cup 2018 Stadium to Cost $320m Authorities in the Russian city of Samara are earmarking $320 million for the construction of a 44,000-seater arena for the 2018 World Cup. 16:20 05/10/2012 MOSCOW, October 5 (RIA Novosti) Authorities in the Russian city of Samara are earmarking $320 million for the construction of a 44,000-seater arena for the 2018 World Cup. The central Russian city with a population of 1.2 million was among 11 to make the final list of host cities announced last week by FIFA and Russian organizers. All of the 12 stadiums needed for the tournament require constructing from scratch or dramatic refurbishments to fall into line with FIFA standards. Those costs were included into the total World Cup cost of $19.2 billion as announced by Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko last week. Samara is likely to host group stage matches at its stadium, to be built on an island in the Volga River. "We will announce a tender to undertake the pre-project documentation for the stadium bowl itself and the infrastructure, including access roads," the regional government quoted vice governor Alexander Nefedov as saying. "The total amount of project work for the first stage will cost around 800 million rubles ($2.5 million)," he said. Total spending on the stadium will amount to 10 billion rubles ($320 million), Nefedov said. Some urban planners were skeptical about the possibility of constructing the stadium on an island in the Volga because it is a long way from the airport and there could be problems developing transport infrastructure, as well as the possible demolition of a number of historical buildings. The 2018 World Cup is to take place in Moscow, which will host the final at Luzhniki stadium, as well as St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Saransk, Samara and Nizhny Novgorod. Earlier this week, authorities in Saransk declared they would need $1.9 billion for the tournament, while officials in Yekaterinburg put the figure for their city at over $3 billion. http://en.ria.ru/spo.../176425569.html Saransk to receive $2 billion transformation for 2018 World Cup Friday, 05 October 2012 By David Gold October 5 - Saransk in Russia is gearing up to be transformed for the FIFA World Cup in 2018, with $2 billion (£1.2 billion/€1.5 billion) set to be invested in what is the smallest city hosting matches during the tournament. The figure being invested is a tenth of the overall budget for the World Cup, which Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, also the chairman of Russia 2018, revealed had doubled at the weekend. The city, which has a population of 300,000, and was one of those uncertain to be selected for the World Cup prior to last Saturday's (September 29) announcement by FIFA. However, it beat Krasnodar and Yaroslavl to win the right to host matches. "It's not only Saransk that will be transformed, but the entire republic," said a statement from the Government of the republic of Mordovia, of which Saransk is the capital. "The sources of finance will be the federal and regional budgets and also private investment." The investment will transform all federal highways, upgrade rail infrastructure and the city's airport – which will require a temporary terminal. The upgrades are planned to help World Cup commuters travel to Moscow in five hours by rail. Vladimir Volkov, the Governor of Mordovia, said: "The town is well arranged, the people are very hospitable. "Economy-class student housing, a stadium, all this will appear for the World Cup." Saransk is also constructing a new 45,000-capacity stadium for the tournament, which will reduce in size after the World Cup. http://www.insidewor...n-for-world-cup FIFA World Cup 2018: Volgograd fans to taste Watermelon Honey October 5, 2012 The Voice of Russia The beautiful city by the Volga River will have a host of activities for football fans and other visitors during the World Cup. Volgograd is one of the host cities of the FIFA World Cup, which will take place in the summer of 2018 in Russia.. Source: AFP/East News Volgograd is one of the host cities of the FIFA World Cup, which will take place in the summer of 2018 in Russia. Preparations for the championship have already begun. The city authorities are busy developing plans for a “fans’ city”, where people will be given the chance not just to relax, but also to get acquainted with the rich culture of the Lower Volga region. The city, on the bank of the River Volga, is being built to impress both fans and participants in the championship not only with its amazing landscapes but also with a high standard of organisation. Construction of the Victory (Pobeda) stadium, which will be the venue for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, is to begin in the near future. It will be capable of holding 45 thousand spectators. In addition, a fan zone will be created on the bank of the Volga River, the largest river in Europe. According to the plan, the city’s central streets will become pedestrian zones during the matches. Chairman of the Committee for the Preparation and Holding of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in the Volgograd Region, Igor Kozlov says. “Transport infrastructure will be seriously reorganised. A fan-zone will be constructed in the natural amphitheatre between the upper and lower terraces of the embankment in the centre of the city. And from there, a walking route to the stadium will be laid, where fans will be able to rest and take part in sports. In the centre, at a distance of 4-5 km, there will be a space, where fans can spend free time and visit the stadium.” According to the Organising Committee’s plan, in between the matches, tourists will be able to get acquainted with the rich history of the city on the Volga River. It has changed its name three times: first it was Tsaritsyn, and in Soviet times it became Stalingrad. It was also the scene of a decisive battle in which Hitler’s troops were defeated in 1945. After that the city was literally razed to the ground. Of all the historic buildings, only one 18th century Orthodox Church survived. However, many natural parks and even caves once inhabited by hermit monks can be found in the suburbs, their original appearance still preserved. By the way, Volgograd also has its own culinary history, guide, Galina Gordeeva says. “We have our own mustard oil. Colonists brought it to the Lower Volga region from Germany in 1765. They came as missionaries and one of them bred a hybrid of grey mustard. And they began to make oil, from these seeds, which has now became an integral part of our lives. In the past, we used to cook a watermelon dessert called ‘norbek.’ It is watermelon syrup that is boiled down until it’s reduced to the consistency of honey.” There are still six years to go for the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018, but the local authorities are already preparing the infrastructure for an influx of guests. Five-star hotels and budget mini-hotels are being built throughout the city; projects of bypasses and car parks are also underway. Expansion of the international airport will soon get underway too. By the way, you can get from Volgograd to Moscow in an hour and a half by plane, or you can take a river cruise. And though going by road will take a few days, tourists doing so will have a chance to visit at least a dozen Russian cities. http://indrus.in/art...oney_18143.html
  19. Tokyo 2020: Thousands turn up for music commemoration with 33 Olympians The Olympic concert beautifully twinned music and sport / Tokyo 2020 / Photo Kishimoto Sports Features Communications October 5 - The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra brought music, culture and sports together in Tokyo on October 4th for an evening of celebration of the Olympics. The concert featured famous classical music played to accompany highlights from the 2012 Olympic Games in London projected on a large screen. Tokyo Philharmonic conductor Yukio Fujioka led his orchestra in a series of popular classical melodies and famous movie theme songs. Meanwhile, the London medalists got to see their performances on the giant screen behind the orchestra. The concert was held at the Tokyo International Forum. The Forum is being put forward as the weightlifting venue in Tokyo’s 2020 Games plan presentation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Thousands of people turned out for the show, which underscores the city’s commitment and passion to win the bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Thirty-three medalists from the London games came to participate and celebrate. The concert is an annual event hosted by the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) every year since 1997. Several Japanese medalists were interviewed during the concert. Akiko Adachi played on the 2012 Paralympic Games women's gold medal goalball team. “I used to play the piano when I was a child and have had a passion for music ever since, so hearing this wonderful music in person today is a truly amazing experience for me,” she said. Ryota Murata, the men’s boxing middleweight gold medal winner in 2012 said, "Looking back at the Olympic Games with today's music, I was able to see the Games from a different look this time. I realized once again how great the Olympics are, and I get excited just imagining the possibility of Tokyo hosting the 2020 Games." The evening was a definitive effort by the JOC to demonstrate their ability to mix culture with sports which is the main part of the cultural Olympiad. By showing the island nation’s passion for sports and ability to come together in good will and harmony, the Japanese Olympic Movement hopes the IOC will give the nod to the Tokyo bid this time. The IOC meets next September to decide who will host the 2020 games. Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC member and president of the both the bid and the JOC said, "As a magnificent synthesis of sport, art and culture, the Olympic Concert is an opportunity for all of us-athletes, officials and citizens- to reflect on our passion for the Olympic Movement and its power to unite the world as only the Games can. "Tokyo 2020 and its millions of supporters across Japan rejoiced in this celebration of the universal Olympic Values of excellence, friendship and respect. "Japan would be deeply honoured to carry on this tradition by lighting the Olympic Torch in Tokyo for the 2020 Games." Tokyo is running against Istanbul and Madrid to host the summer Games. http://www.sportsfea...th-33-olympians
  20. Preliminary Draw Venue - Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne Tuesday 9th October 2012 18:00 Melbourne Time 07:00 GMT/UTC 08:00 British Summer Time
  21. ANZ Stadium - Sydney Sydney Football Stadium - Sydney
  22. Candidate Stadiums Suncorp Stadium - Brisbane Canberra Stadium - Canberra Robina Stadium - Gold Coast AAMI Park - Melbourne Docklands Stadium - Melbourne
  23. The tournament will be played from the 4 to 26 January 2015 in 5 stadiums to be chosen by the end of the year with the final to be held in Sydney more information: Sydney has been unofficially confirmed as the host city of the semi-finals, the match for third place and the final of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. Organising committee chief executive Michael Brown said Australia's biggest city was the venue for the showpiece matches. "The two semi-finals, the match for third place and the final will take place in Sydney," Brown said. "We don't know which venues will hold the tournament's last four matches because negotiations are still going on. "Sydney will definitely have two venues for the tournament but we need to finalise the five stadiums by the end of the year. "This is subject to AFC approval because it is its own event but we as the local organising committee are all keen to work with them because they have run such events in the past. "The same thing happens with the World Cup and Olympics." The world's third largest football tournament, in terms of television viewership, will take place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra at five stadiums to be selected from a shortlist of eight. "The opening match involving the Socceroos will be in Melbourne just before the start of the Australian Open tennis, the Australian team will play its group matches in three cities and each of the four host cities will stage a quarter-final," Brown said. Japan, Australia, Korea Republic, Korea DPR and the winner of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup will play in the tournament automatically. The remaining 11 teams will come from a group qualification phase that commences next March, with the official draw for the qualifying path taking place in Melbourne in October. The local organising committee has set aside the date of 9 October for the staging of the draw at a city venue. "The draw will take place in Melbourne on 9 October and the AFC will bring along all its top officials for the occasion," Brown said. "The draw will determine the composition of the groups to find the remaining 11 teams to play in Australia in 2015." Brown also said that since the Asian Cup was an AFC event, Australia as host was not at liberty to determine the shape and form of the tournament without the governing body's approval. “We have recommended the dates of 9-31 January or thereabouts and there are schedules in place that we are working on,” he said. In a wide-ranging interview, Brown addressed a number of challenges facing the organising committee amid lingering concerns over a perceived lack of local interest. Eddie McGuire reckons that the Asian Cup might be a 'lemon'. How hard is it going to be to convince mainstream Australia that this is indeed a big sporting event? "Eddie's a passionate Melburnian and Collingwood president. I have spoken to him and written to Melbourne Major Events to make sure that they understand the contribution governments are making. ”For me the biggest issue we're confronted with is Australia's awareness. Football is a growing sport and the Asian Cup should be the watershed moment for the development of the game in this country. "The A-League is only in its infancy but it's going from strength to strength. "But the AFL nearly collapsed in 1985 because it was broke and had to go to an independent commission to rebuild itself. "Cricket had to go through the World Series in the 1970s to regenerate and reinvigorate itself so every sport has been there. "So it is a bit unfair to suggest that this Asian Cup is a lemon … if anything it shows the size of the opportunity for us to educate people like Eddie about the merits of one of the top three football tournaments in the world. "We have not had an event of this size since the 2000 Olympics. Forty-six nations representing half of the world's population will be trying to qualify for this event.” So will Australia organise a successful tournament? "It's going to be tough and a massive challenge but we know that Aussies are great sports lovers and the event will take place at a very good time of the year. "We've got the (regional) best of the sport here and people will come to watch the best. "We need people who are event-watchers to come along. "We see this event as part of the long-term awareness campaign for football. "People go and watch T20 cricket because they know it's on even though they might not know much about it. "So what we're trying to do is build consumers of the game and we know that the best form of consumer is the participant, who is more than likely to follow the game. "The legacy we are trying to leave from this event is that this is a good sport and people should feel comfortable to be around and involved in it.” How do you sell a match between, say, Oman and Jordan? "This happens in cricket and rugby world cups where lesser matches draw small crowds. "The challenge will be to activate those local communities around such matches. "We also have to be novel with things that we can do, like having a popular ticketing program linked to the A-League clubs, grassroots, schools and local business groups that invites people to games. "I'd rather have 40,000 fans paying $10 than 20,000 people paying $20 a head. "We'll tell them they might not necessarily see the most popular teams play but we'll surround the match in question by community engagement strategies like fairs and festivals. "We will also have ticketing packages whereby, for example, if you buy tickets to the big games you might get a couple of tickets to the smaller games.” Will the draw be piloted to make sure some teams play where they are more likely to attract healthy crowds? "We are beginning to examine that discussion now. "We are developing an understanding of where the population groups are. "For example, if Lebanon qualify it would make sense to have them play in Sydney. "When Australia played Saudi Arabia in Melbourne two and a half thousand Saudis came to the match unannounced. "So we will work with the AFC about this but you cannot compromise the draw. "We are aiming for an average of no fewer than 10,000 people per game." In a nutshell, what sort of tournament can Australian and foreign fans expect in 2015? "A festival of football ... a celebration of Australia's rich culture and what we're good at. "I want it to be a friendly games, a microcosm of our multiculturalism." http://theworldgame....cup-s-big-games
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