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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Presentation of 2014 Olympic Games and 2018 FIFA World Cup This week saw a presentation of 2014 Olympic Games and 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Russian State Duma in Moscow, an event that was held within the framework of the 2012 International Parliamentary Games. Speaking at the presentation, Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the Sochi-2014 Organizing Committee, said that 98 sets of medals would be played during the Sochi Games. The program will for the first time feature competitions in slopestyle and women’s sky jumping. The 18-day Games are expected to be attended by at least 600,000 people, Chernyshenko said, touting what he described as moderately priced hotels in Sochi. "In an interview with the Voice of Russia broadcast on Sunday," Chernichenko said, "in particular, that a suite in a three-star hotel in Sochi will cost just 133 dollars per day." A host of Olympic facilities have already been unveiled in Sochi in the past, including an ice hockey arena, a speed skating rink and the world’s safest bobsleigh track. The opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics will take place at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi on February 7. The construction of the state-of-the-art stadium is coming to a close, organizers said, adding that the unique facility can be easily transformed into a theater venue. In 2018, the stadium will host several semifinals of the 2018 World Soccer Championship. The rest will be held at stadiums in St.Petersburg. Alexander Dzhordzhadze, head of the FIFA World Cup-2018 Organizing Committee, singles out plans to scrap visa regime for football fans from abroad pending the championship. "We offered the government a project on the visa-free regime for all those possessing tickets," Dzhordzhadze says, referring to the 2018 World Cup. "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," he adds. The tournament’s final will be held at the legendary Luzhniki arena in Moscow, a facility that was built ahead of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympic Games. Thanks to the reconstruction due to begin next year, the Luzhniki complex will be capable of accommodating 90,000 spectators. http://english.ruvr....FIFA-World-Cup/
  6. Sochi 2014: Olympic education and ice skating test event off and running Sports Features Communications October 5 - The Sochi 2014 Olympic Organizing Committee this week announced a national Olympics educational effort and the first event at the skating venue for the Games. The “Marathon of Olympic Knowledge” educational program was started Sept. 1 to mark National Teacher’s Day in Russia. The event was sponsored by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee and more than 100,000 Olympic lessons were taught by more than 100,000 teachers to more than four million school children across the county. Partners of Sochi 2014 as well as volunteers with the Organizing Committee assisted. The theme for the event was “London 2012 – Sochi 2014” and it was also broadcast online. Alexander Mikhailin, a judoist and silver medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, helped with the final lesson at the Moscow Center of Education No. 548 Tsaritsyno. The lesson was taught by Alexander Zhukov, first deputy chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation and president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). Russian officials said the mission of "Sochi 2014" Olympic education effort will continue even after the 2012 Games take place as a legacy program. The Organizing Committee and ROC plan to expand the instructional effort between now and the Games. Relying on the help of regional Olympic councils with physical educational and sports authorities, a distance education program was begun in September. Classes will cover 83 subjects and by then time the 2013 Games are over, will cover the entire country. Iceberg Skating Palace hosts inaugural test event Russian ice skaters will be the first athletes to see action on the Iceberg Skating Palace in the Sochi Olympic Park as the Federation Cup for figure skating will be held there on Oct. 6. World champion figure skating team Yuko Kawaguti and Alexander Smirnov and solo skater Artur Gachinski are expected to compete at the Federation Cup. The Federal Cup is being heralded as an opportunity for the companies involved in the venue construction to test the ice before Olympic competitions. Leading Russian ice makers from across the country who have experience on major rinks have also visited and worked on Iceberg Skating Palace. Building The Rink Building the layers of ice began Sept. 25, exactly 500 days before the Olympic Games begin in Sochi. Special detectors were installed to record temperature changes in the ice. Ice needs to be between -4 and -5 degrees Centigrade for figure skaters. This is “soft” ice and allows the performers to execute intricate moves on the ice. The sensors feed information to other automatic devices which control the ice temperature and the climate within the ice zone. The first check of the rink and the equipment was done in May 2012 with a freezing test of the chilling systems. Students of the Sochi Winter Sports School and Olympic champion in ice dancing Tatyana Navka skated on the test ice. Navak is a Sochi 2014 Ambassador. Navka said, "I was very pleased with both the design of the stadium and the quality of the ice. The Olympic Park really makes a lasting impression, all venues are very unusual and beautiful, and everything is so close and in a beautiful location by the sea. "I haven't seen an Olympic Park like it, and I'm sure it will make a strong impression on the guests to the Sochi Olympics in 2014." In addition to being the first competition for the rink, the Iceberg Skating Palace is the first sporting event in the Coastal Cluster, the venue for awarding Olympic medals after the figure skating and short track events of 2014. http://www.sportsfea...off-and-running
  7. Sorry. I want to post 5 images per post but the forum system merge all my posts in one post. unfortunately I can't do anything about that !
  8. 2018 FIFA World Cup Host Cities Celebration
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Preliminary Draw Venue - Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne Tuesday 9th October 2012 18:00 Melbourne Time 07:00 GMT/UTC 08:00 British Summer Time
  12. ANZ Stadium - Sydney Sydney Football Stadium - Sydney
  13. Candidate Stadiums Suncorp Stadium - Brisbane Canberra Stadium - Canberra Robina Stadium - Gold Coast AAMI Park - Melbourne Docklands Stadium - Melbourne
  14. 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
  15. The Preliminary Draw Ceremony for the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 will be held in Melbourne next week with official logo to be unveiled in the same day more information in the article The Preliminary Draw Ceremony for the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 will be conducted on October 9. The ceremony will take place at the Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne. A total of 20 teams will be drawn into five groups of four teams each. The qualifiers will be played from February 6, 2013 to March 5, 2014. The top two teams in each group and the best third-placed team among all the groups will qualify for the tournament proper to be played in Australia in January 2015. The official logo of AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 wil be also launched during the Draw Ceremony. http://www.sportskee...p-draw-details/
  16. well in article dated in april 2011 they say the logo will be unveiled in the second half of 2012 . I don't know if it's still exist or if they changed their plans here is the article: UEFA EURO 2016 organisational structures set up Published: Thursday 21 April 2011, 13.00CET The French Football Federation has hosted the first meeting of the UEFA EURO 2016 steering group which brings together key stakeholders in the organisation of the event. The organisational guidelines for the final round of the 2014–16 UEFA European Football Championship were presented today at the first meeting of the UEFA EURO 2016 steering group, held at the headquarters of the French Football Federation (FFF) in Paris. The steering group will bring together the key stakeholders in the organisation of the event: UEFA, the FFF, the French government and the host cities. It will ensure a regular exchange of information between these stakeholders, deal with strategic or sensitive issues connected with the organisation of the event, and, if necessary, discuss and propose solutions. The eight-member steering group will be chaired by Jacques Lambert, former CEO of the organising committee for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and of the FFF. The other members will be the president of the FFF, the French sports minister, representing the government, a representative of the host cities (to be designated at a later stage, once the final selection of host cities has been made) and four UEFA representatives (two members of the UEFA Executive Committee, the general secretary and the deputy general secretary). Michel Platini, the UEFA President, will regularly take part in the meetings and work of the steering group. UEFA, which holds all the competition rights, and the FFF, which, in particular, is responsible for the safety and security of the event, have set up a joint venture, EURO 2016 SAS, to which they have delegated responsibility for the operational organisation of the event. 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. Its registered head office is in Paris. Its expenses will be financed entirely by UEFA. UEFA and the FFF have designated Jacques Lambert as president of the company. A CEO will be appointed at a later stage to manage the company's operations. UEFA will also manage all UEFA EURO 2016 revenue and cover all organisational expenses. It will assume all the economic risks of organising the event. This economic model replaces the traditional model whereby operational and financial responsibility for the organisation of the event is delegated to the host national association which, as a result, had to assume the risk of deficit. During its first meeting, the steering group discussed the following points: general organisational structure; the mission of the steering group; and the progress of stadium projects, in view of the appointment of the host cities, which the FFF has to propose to UEFA shortly. In addition, the steering group agreed on the milestones in the general organisational countdown to UEFA EURO 2016: • Second half of 2012: Official logo launch • February/March 2014: Qualifying round draw • September 2014: Official mascot launch • March 2015: Start of ticket sales • December 2015: Final round draw • June/July 2016: Final round The next meeting of the steering group will be on 8 September 2011. ©UEFA.com 1998-2012. All rights reserved. http://www.uefa.com/... steering group
  17. Kaliningrad and Yekaterinburg to host matches in 2018 FIFA World Cup finals By David Gold September 29 - Fans attending the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup could spend whole days or more travelling after the confirmation tonight that Kaliningrad and Yekaterinburg are among the 11 cities chosen to host matches. Also selected to host matches were Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, Moscow, Kazan, St Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk and Volgograd. Moscow will have two venues which means that there will be 12 stadiums hosting the 64 matches. Yaroslavl and Krasnodar were the two who missed out, with Saransk, Volgograd and Rostov-on-Don the other cities who came into this evening unsure if they would receive the right to host matches. Kaliningrad's battle to stage games was helped in part by Franz Beckenbauer, President of the Germany 2006 World Cup and a former member of FIFA's ruling Executive Committee, who came on board to assist them with promoting their bid. Located between Poland and Lithuania, Kaliningrad is disconnected from the rest of Russia and its selection along with Yekaterinburg in the east means the World Cup will span the whole of the European part of the country. But it also means, with 2,500 kilometres between the two cities, that travelling between them could be an arduous task. It takes approximately 24 hours just to get from Yekaterinburg to Moscow, unless the new high speed rail network Russian Railways have planned is constructed. However, there is uncertainty at present over whether Russia will go ahead with its plans to create a high speed rail network connecting the host cities. Funding for the project is not included in federal spending plans for the next three years. The new rail network would have cost R5.6 trillion (£112 million/$177 million/€141 million), with 70 per cent due to be funded by the Russian state. Transport was identified as the biggest weakness of Russia 2018 by FIFA during the World Cup bidding process, when they beat England and joint bids from Belgium and Holland and Portugal and Spain. The issue will be offset to some extent by the clustering concept, with four different clusters to reduce travel time between venues. Russia will be aiming to keep teams within one or two clusters, rather than sending them across the country during the group stage of the tournament – unlike 2014 hosts Brazil. The first cluster is in the north, and consists of Kaliningrad and St Petersburg, and the second will be Moscow and the central region. The third is the Volga River cluster running from the centre to the south of Russia, which includes Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Saransk, Samara and Volgograd. The southern cluster will be made up of Sochi and Rostov-on-Don, and then there is the stand alone city of Yekaterinburg in the east. The confirmation of the 11 host cities was the first major landmark for Russia 2018 following the award of the World Cup to the country in Zurich in December 2010. The announcement was made live on television, on Russia's Channel One, on their "Tonight" show, and came three months after a delegation from FIFA and Russia 2018 visited all of the prospective host cities to inspect their facilities and potential to stage matches during the World Cup. Speaking prior to the announcement, FIFA President Sepp Blatter (pictured above) praised Russia's preparations thus far, saying: "The selection of the host cities is a very important step and it shows that here in Russia and in Moscow, we are already prepared to start. "And it is the first time that the World Cup will be staged in Eastern Europe and naturally the first time we are in Russia. "I am happy that that the youth in this room and in Russia are happy to stage the World Cup! "It is important, we go with the World Cup around the world, we have been in Europe and the Americas, in Asia, South Africa, soon to Brazil. "But now we go to Russia! "We are convinced it will be a great success, because not only you are behind it, all the footballers here, the Duma, all are behind this World Cup. "I have to make a compliment to Russia, and the local Organising Committee for the professionalism for how they have started to work...you are much advanced." Blatter's words reflected FIFA's confidence, and probably relief, at the solid progress of Russia's preparations for 2018, given the problems that they have faced in Brazil ahead of the next World Cup in two years' time. Russia still has a sizeable task on its hands though, with each stadium being used either being renovated or built anew. It was already known that Moscow would host matches, with the new Spartak Moscow stadium confirmed as the venue which share games with the Luzhniki (pictured above), the main stadium for the 1980 Olympics. The Luzhniki will host the final and probably a semi-final as well, but it means Dynamo Moscow's new ground misses out. St Petersburg is also set to host a semi-final of the tournament along with Moscow. The decision was made after a meeting of FIFA's Executive Committee in Zurich. Vitaly Mutko, Russia's Sports Minister ,who is the chairman of the Russia 2018 Organising Committee, as well as a FIFA Executive Committee member, was also present at the announcement along with FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke, the man effectively responsible for the tournament, and Russia 2018 chief executive Alexey Sorokin. Other guests included former England manager Fabio Capello, who is now coaching Russia's national team, and Roberto Carlos (pictured above), a member of Brazil's World Cup winning team in 2002 who is now the sporting director of Russian League side Anzhi Makhachkala. Mutko said: "The final selection of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Host Cities is an important milestone en route to hosting the tournament in 2018. "This decision launches the full-scale preparation for the FIFA World Cup in the 11 Host Cities across the country. "I believe all of them broadly represent the cultural and historical diversity of our nation. "At the same time, their energetic nature and connection with Russian footballing tradition will allow the FIFA World Cup to leave a powerful and sustainable legacy in all of them." Sochi, where the Fisht Olympic Stadium (pictured above) is being built for the 2014 Winter Olympics, will also become a World Cup venue. In ethnically diverse Russia, Kazan is the only venue in a largely Muslim region. The new venue will host football at the Summer Universiade, which is taking place in the city next year. Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, emphasised the social and physical importance of the World Cup for the country, saying: "We would like to improve the nation's health and these big tournaments are opportunities to attract people to go for sport. "It is something that really stimulates economic development. "We can invest a good amount of money into the right places, to create new jobs, infrastructure. "It is very important that this will be a good driver for our economy in the construction sector....every job can create thousands of others in other sectors." http://www.insidewor...orld-cup-finals
  18. Krasnodar governor outraged by FIFA decision Aleksandr Tkachev, the governor of Russia's Krasnodar Region, has lashed out at FIFA, football’s governing body, for its decision against selecting the capital of his region for inclusion among the World Cup 2018 host cities. “I just met with the fans of Kuban and FC Krasnodar,” Tkachev wrote on his Twitter feed. “The occasion for the get-together was, of course, a sad one – the exclusion of Krasnodar from the list of World Cup 2018 cities. Just like the football lovers, I’m deeply angered with this decision by FIFA. It's humiliating. It makes one lose heart. We did everything we could to bring the tournament to Krasnodar. And the city was worth it. But FIFA decided differently." “I’m telling you, with the World Cup or without it – the city of Krasnodar will become the capital of Russian football. And we’ll build a brand new world-class stadium here,” he concluded. The FIFA ruling doesn’t mean that Krasnodar will fully miss out on the World Cup action, though, as resort town Sochi, in the region's far south, made it to the list of the 11 host cities. The other ten venues to stage Russia 2018 matches are Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Saransk and the country’s capital, Moscow. Model of the Krasnodar Stadium, planned to be constructed for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. (RIA Novosti) http://rt.com/sport/...rldcup2018-453/
  19. Incheon 2014 official websites organizing committee site https://www.incheon2...ex/index002.jsp Olympic Council of Asia site http://ocasia.org/Ga.../C5ikIBubFL4g==
  20. I didn't find any thread for incheon 2014 Where is it? so I will start a new one \
  21. Kazan 2015 FINA World Championships Bid Videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEo-mZprh5U
  22. 2018 FIFA World Cup Host Cities Official Posters Russia’s western-most city, Kaliningrad is unique. The athlete in this poster symbolizes the open spirit of the city and region, embracing both the old and the new with an eye towards the future. It is a city whose spirit is derived from the water that surrounds it, and whose soul is reflected in the football made of world-famous amber sunstone. Located 1235 km east of Moscow and situated on the beautiful Baltic Sea, the city, its people and its architecture are an historical mixture of cultures in this distinctive Russian enclave facing west. As the hometown of philosopher Immanuel Kant, the city is alive with iconic structures such as the King’s Gate, the Kant monument, Konigsberg Cathedral and Kneiphof Island. Kazan…even the name sounds magical – and it is. Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, an autonomous republic of the Russian Federation located 825 km west of Moscow. The Snow Leopard is the national symbol of the republic and is the central focus of Kazan’s poster, rising from the pitch, perched on a football. The national colours of the Tatarstan flag are included in the boards around the pitch, and the rays of sunlight reflect optimism, success and good fortune in Tatar culture. Kazan is a major centre for sport in Russia and will host the Summer Universiade in 2013. The vivid colours of red and orange represent passion, movement and expression in Russian culture. The athlete’s body in this poster is created with a traditional Russian design technique called Khokhloma. This folk-handicraft style is well known and well loved throughout Russia and abroad, and provides a sense of flowing movement and energy to the athlete. Nizhny Novgorod’s beautiful 16th century Kremlin, which sits on a hill in the city centre at the confluence of the Oka and the Volga Rivers is silhouetted in the background. Moscow is one of the world’s great capitals, rich in iconic, historic architecture, yet focused on a future that is bright and youthful. Beneath the walls of the ancient Kremlin beats a city that is second-to-none in terms of energy, style and fun. These elements are reflected in the colourful swirls on the poster. The football pitch and the giant ball demonstrate Moscow’s passion for the world’s greatest game. Just as Moscow is the heart and soul of a Russia, it is also is the centrepiece of the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM. Located in the southeastern part of European Russia at the convergence of the mighty Volga and Samara Rivers, Samara is a city famous in Russia for its passionate, love of football. This passion is reflected in the poster by the strong, colourful geometric lines exploding upward, towards the future. The traditional symbols of Samara, the Monument of Glory and the Ladya Boat, are depicted as well and the pose of the football player mimics the figure at the top of the Monument of Glory. Visitors and residents alike flock to the beaches along the banks of the Volga for fun and sun, and this atmosphere is reflected in the bold bright colours of the poster. Rostov-on-Don is a port city on the Don River, 1109 km southwest of Moscow. Horses are a powerful symbol in the city’s history as seen in the First Cavalry Army monument, forming the base of the image in the poster. The Don River, central to the city’s identity, is represented by the blue swirling “waves” under the horses’ churning hooves. Green oak branches, which mimic the colour of the football pitch, resemble, the Rostov-on-Don city’s heraldic emblem. Finally, the football includes the red, blue and orange colours of the Rostov region flag. Sochi, Russian beautiful resort on the sunny Black Sea is a city of contrasts. From the warm, seaside beaches to the heights of the snow capped Krasnaya Polyana mountain range Sochi is really a Sea-to-Sky city and experience. The poster represents a football uniting the sea and the mountains and reflective of the region’s hospitality and welcoming spirit. As the capital of the republic of Mordovia, Saransk is located where the Saranka and Insar Rivers converge, in the Volga basin, about 650 kilometres east of Moscow. The bird depicted in the poster is the “bird of creation” in Mordovian mythology, a powerful and evocative figure, symbolizing nature and life itself. The bird and the football are decorated with the traditional Mordovian pattern representing the uniqueness of the local art and crafts. The football on the poster represents the important role of the World Cup for the people of the region. Just as the city of Volgograd draws its energy and spirit from the Volga River, so does the poster. Produced in a modern, dynamic style reminiscent of today’s modern visual technologies, the poster’s colours are drawn from the river itself, the sun and the emotions associated with the game of football. The image is based on waves and movement, much like a football team in motion. The wave lifts the football above the river’s surface just as the 2018 FIFA World CupTM will lift the people of Russia’s spirit to new heights. Russia’s Crown Jewel of the north, St. Petersburg offers magic at any time of the year. St. Petersburg has inspired poets, artists, musicians and writers from its beginnings as Peter the Great’s modern window on the world. St. Petersburg’s truly unique architecture is featured on the poster, from the Saint Isaac's and Smolny Cathedrals to the Summer Palace gate and Admiralty tower. The city is known for its strong football culture and it is represented in the football on the poster. Ekaterinburg, situated near the Ural Mountains is the point where the continents of Europe and Asia meet. At the centre of the image is a “Stone Flower”; the stone is the beautiful gemstone malachite, famous to the region. The Stone Flower is also the name of a famous Russian novel by Pavel Bazhov, set in the Urals. The colours of the poster represent the Urals, the mountains and the rich soil of the region. The colour blue represents the Iset River. All of the graphical elements in the poster are without distinct or fully depicted borders, reflecting the fact that there are no boundaries for the countries that love football.
  23. Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Nizhny Novgorod - Samara - Rostov-on-Don - Kaliningrad -Volgograd - Saransk [media] [media] the system of the forum don't help me to post all the videos. so you can watch them in youtube by the links above
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