First Football Academy opens in Azerbaijan (Video)

Society Materials 23 February 2009 16:26 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 23 / Trend , R. Ergun/

The First Football Academy opened in Azerbaijan on Feb. 23.

The Football Academy was founded in 2008.

UEFA President Michel Platini and FIFA President Joseph Blatter attended the founding ceremony. 

Azerbaijan Association of Football Federations (AFFA) President Rovnag Abdullayev said UEFA funded 60 percent of academy's construction and AFFA - 40 percent.

"Our football is seeing progress. New Olympic complexes and stadiums have been built. The Football Academy will contribute to football's development in the country," Abdullayev said.

The Football Academy was built near AFFA.

At the opening ceremony, UEFA Vice President Shenef Erzik said young footballers from the regions will learn football at the academy. This is extremely important for Azerbaijani football, he said.

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