Tomorrow Lukoil Cup 2017 will start - the matches will be played at the "Vivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov", and today in the press center of the stadium an official press conference was held dedicated to the beginning of the tournament.
The event was attended by honorary guests in the person of executive director of PFC "Levski" Sofia Krasimir Ivanov, sports director of the "blues" Daniel Borimirov, president of the sport club "LUKOIL" Vladimir Zolotukhin and captain of the team "Levski" Bozidar Mitrev - as well as direct participants of the tournament: footballers of academies "Benfica" and "Levski".
"I thank LUKOIL for the trust in our club, which will be one of the organizers of the event.For all fans there will be free entrance to the stadium, I invite everyone to see all the matches of the tournament.", said Krasimir Ivanov, wishing good luck to the young participants of the competition.
"One of the leading directions in LUKOIL's policy is the support of children's and youth sports.It should be noted that this tournament is the jubilee - the fifth one in which we collected the winning teams of the past .For example," Crvena Zvezda "won in 2013, PAOK in 2014, Turkey's Besiktas became the first in 2015. Benfica won it last year, and over 4000 players from 40 countries took part in it during the existence of the Lukoil Cup. We are not the first time holding a tournament in Bulgaria, before that there has also been one of the qualifying stages of our tournament, and we thank the Levski club, the host of the final round, for helping us with the organization.It is important that the main slogan of Lukoil Cup is the phrase "Play against racism", which, by the way, is reflected on the T-shirts sitting in the hall today players "Levski" and "Benfica." The ambassadors of our tournament are famous players, including from Bulgaria - Emil Kostadinov, Dimitar Berbatov, Ivelin Popov and others. Moreover, the best player of the final round will receive a copy of the prestigious award - "Golden Ball" - which is owned by many football legends, including Hristo Stoichkov, a great football player from Bulgaria, who transmitted words of farewell to all players and waits for beautiful and spectacular football in their performance. I wish you good luck! "- said in his speech, Vladimir Zolotukhin.
"I congratulate all the participants of the tournament, and I thank Vladimir Zolukhtin for holding such a tournament, which has not been held in Bulgaria yet." It's interesting that Levski will play with Benfica, and one of the first matches in its "European Cup" the history of the "Levski" was just with the team from Portugal - in 1965 in the two-legged battle was one goal stronger than "Benfica", in those matches the legend of our club Georgi Asparuhov scored the name of which is now known as our stadium - on which already tomorrow will be held matches . Young team representatives Fate gives us another chance to play against "Benfica" again "- said Daniel Boririmov.
"I congratulate all the young players who will play at this tournament, the experience they will acquire will give them a basis for development, let them follow their dreams and never surrender," Bozhidar Mitrev wished the participants good luck.
The official opening of the tournament will take place on Friday, September 8, a duel between PAOK and Rubin.
The entrance to all tournament matches is free, we invite all fans to enjoy excellent football from the leading football academies of Europe on "Vivak Arena - Georgi Asparuhov"!
Note that all matches of the tournament will be shown on the official Youtube channel of PFC "Levski" Sofia
The official press-conference before first matches of Lukoil Cup 2017 was held at "Vivacom Arena - Georgi Asparuhov" stadium today