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Fifa U-20 Women's World Cup - Chile 2008


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Today, the logo of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship Chile 2008 was released here in Santiago. The logo includes a a typical kit with the Chilean flag, including light blue as a symbol of the women. According to FIFA, the dynamic airwave is an element which also imparts a feminine expression, as it pictures the wind carrying the kite and (when the emblem is held lengthways) depicts the unique shape of the country. The kite is one of the most popular symbols of Chilean culture, and it is a tradition for children to fly them during national holidays such as Independence Day.

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This is the third World Cup hosted by the country after the 1962 WC and the 1989 U-20 WC. It's also the first international female tournament hosted in South America. It's also the first major football tournament since Copa América 1991.

The Cup will be held between November 20 and December 7, 2008. Sixteen teams will participate. At the moment, there are 8 qualified teams: Chile, China, France, Germany, England, Japan, North Korea and Norway.

Four stadiums will host the games and most of them will be rebuilt.

*Francisco Sánchez Rumoroso, in Coquimbo

*Municipal Stadium, in La Florida (part of Greater Santiago)

*Nelson Oyarzún Stadium, Chillán

*Germán Becker Stadium, Temuco

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The kite is one of the most used symbols of the "Chilean traditions", especially in our national holidays, Fiestas Patrias. In mid-september, the wind is soft but stronger than other months, so most of children fly their kites and the kite with the flag is one of the most common designs. So, the kite is both a symbol of the country and a symbol of youth...

There are also a lot of competitions with "volantines" (as we said here in Chile). The people fight with their kits and tries to "cut" the thread of the others... they use a special thred covered with a paste of broken glass and glue but it's very dangerous. A lot of children have been cut and even some were decapitated by the bad use of this kites.

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The Estadio Francisco Sanchez Rumoroso is located in the city of Coquimbo, in the IV Region of Coquimbo. Coquimbo is one of the most important ports of the countries and is 465 kms north of Santiago. It has beautiful beaches, wonderful buildings (specially the English District), and it's close to the Elqui Valley, the main producer of pisco (the most popular liquor in the country) and seat of a lot of astronomy observatories. The city is called the "Pirate City" because of the attack of Francis Drake in 1577 and the supposed treasure buried next to the city.

The stadium was inaugurated in 1970. It will be closed next month because it will be demolished and rebuilt. The stadium will open in September 2008 and will have seating for 18,000 people as well as a new services building and VIP area. The stadium will have the form of a ship, to represent to the port of Coquimbo.

The actual stadium:

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The new stadium:

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The kite is one of the most used symbols of the "Chilean traditions", especially in our national holidays, Fiestas Patrias. In mid-september, the wind is soft but stronger than other months, so most of children fly their kites and the kite with the flag is one of the most common designs. So, the kite is both a symbol of the country and a symbol of youth...

There are also a lot of competitions with "volantines" (as we said here in Chile). The people fight with their kits and tries to "cut" the thread of the others... they use a special thred covered with a paste of broken glass and glue but it's very dangerous. A lot of children have been cut and even some were decapitated by the bad use of this kites.

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That's also happen in Indonesia !!! :lol: I get excited what if we create "kite war" between Chilean kite player vs Indonesian kite player !!! Until you explain to me about kite war, I thought kite war only happen in Indonesia :)

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