Friday, January 10, 2014

Football Tourism in Antalya and Turkish Airlines Antalya Cup 2014


To quench our hunger to football and more importantly a special tournament has started in Akdeniz University Stadium. The Turkish Airlines Antalya Cup 2014.

Celtic vs. Trabzonspor.

This season, Celtic is in the Champions League, and Trabzonspor is in the Europa League. Celtic was unlucky, because AC Milan and Barcelona were in the same group with Celtic in the Champions League So, Celtic completed the group at the last place.

Interestingly, Ajax was in the same group and finished third, now it is another foreign club in the Turkish Airlines Antalya Cup 2014.

Our expectation beautiful football and plenty of goals from the match between Trabzonspor and Celtic in Antalya. Celtic 3-1 in favor of the results , we think we're watching football as an enjoyable match.

However, this type of tournaments, we, as Antalians know that these matches are not ordinary matches.

It is extremely beneficial in terms of promotion of Turkey and Antalya with these tournaments.

Because of these, we want bigger and modern stadium in Antalya

Akdeniz university Stadium's capacity is around 7 thousand, but we hope that these tournaments will be played when the constrution of the 33 thousand people capacity new stadium finished in Antalya. 

You can say that just two foreign team have played match, and this is not a real promotion of Antalya, but this is a real promotion. From the simplest example I'll give the first match of the tournament .

Trabzonspor vs Celtic:

In Trabzonspor's squad there are 12 players fromTurkey, 2 from Ivory Coast, 1 from Australia, 1 from Poland, and 1 from Portugal.

Let's look at the Celtic team: There are only two Scots in the first 11. In the 20-man squad, 6 players from Scotland, 2 from the Netherlands, 2 from Wales, 1 from Poland, 1 from Nigeria, 1 from Honduras, 1 from Israel, 1 from Finland, 1 from Portugal, 1 from Italy, 1 from Sweden, 1 from the UK and Ireland.
So if we leave aside the Scottish players, Celtic staff from 12 different countries in 14.

In other words, players from Europe, Africa, Australia, America and Asia played in Antalya last night. If there is football in Antarctica, I'm sure there would have been a footballer from Antarctica last night in Antalya.

From 5 continents, 15 countries, 37 football players played last night in Antalya So, this is a real promotion of Antalya. This is football tourism. 

Over 1500 clubs around the world came to Antalya for Midseason training camps.

Each football player will remember Antalya when they go back their home.

So, some people do not try to prevent sports investments in Antalya.

They should not prevent to constrution of the new stadium in Antalya which has 33 thousand people capacity.

They should not forget that we lost to be host city for the World Basketball Championship when they prevent to construction of new sports center..

                                                                                    Murat Özgen

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