The grand opening of CONIFA Sportbet.io European Football Cup 2019 took place in Arstakh’s capital Stepanakert on June 1.
“We have members from all the continents. We represent 370 million people. I am amazed at the hospitable and warm attitude of the Artsakh people. One of the missions of CONIFA is to introduce Artsakh to the world,” CONIFA President Per-Anders Blind said at a press conference.
“I am sure that we’ll have a fantastic tournament. I appreciate the hard work of the last months. And Iam sure that the championship held in Artsakh will set a new criteria for all the upcoming championships,” said Alberto Rischio, CONIFA Europe President.
President of the Republic of Artsakh, Bako Sahakyan, and CONIFA President, Per-Anders Blind, gave their opening speeches at the official opening in the evening of June 1
The stadium was then transformed into a concert hall, where the stars of Armenia and Artsakh gave an impressive show. Famous Manolo Gipsy was the special guest, whose infectious Spanish rhythms quickly got the audience to their feet.
The evening ended with a spectacular firework display and Arthur Grigoryan’s original composition “Artsakh.”
This year’s tournament will feature 12 teams, including that of Western Armenia.
CONIFA, the Confederation of Independent Football Associations, is the football federation for all associations outside FIFA.
It’s a global acting non-profit organization that supports representatives of international football teams from nations, de-facto nations, regions, minority peoples and sports isolated territories.