AP – Atletico rise fuels Azerbaijan image in football

Atletico rise fuels Azerbaijan image in footballAtletico Madrid’s stunning run to the Champions League final announced another new player on European football’s biggest stages. Atletico players will face Real Madrid, and a global television audience of 175 million, with “Azerbaijan Land of Fire” on their shirts. Expect to see the oil- and gas-rich former Soviet Union republic more often at future UEFA matches. The name SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic) will feature on pitch-side aertising at most 2016 European Championship and 2018 World Cup qualifiers, and all Euro 2016 matches in France. Azerbaijan’s top aim is for UEFA to choose Baku in September among 13 Euro 2020 host cities.

SOURCE: Todays Zaman

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