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Azerbaijan are hosts to the FIFA Under 17 Women's World Cup, September 22nd - October 13th 2012

Azerbaijan is situated in the Caucasus region of Eastern Europe with a population of nine million people. The dominant religion is Islam and Azerbaijani people are famous for their hospitality. The capital city is Baku, meaning ‘the city of winds’ and it is located on the coast of the Caspian Sea.  As well as being famous for its status as an oil-rich nation, Azerbaijan is renowned throughout the world for its silk and carpets. The country gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and prides itself on being a democratic republic. The nation is governed by the president, Ilham Aliyev, and the parliament is the main legislative institution.

The famous Kura and Araz rivers pass through the country and flow into the Caspian Sea. Azerbaijan considers itself to be the gateway between the East and West, and maintains a combination of different cultures that combine modern and historical attributes with Azerbaijani culture, history and cuisine upholding a certain level of uniqueness. While Azerbaijan is in a stage of modern redevelopment, the country is attempting to maintain its sense of history by working to preserve its ancient historical monuments. The blue, red and green flag of Azerbaijan symbolizes Turkism, Democracy and Islam.

Baku

Baku
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Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan, and the country’s largest city. It is situated on the Western Coast of the Caspian Sea in the southern part of the Apsheron Peninsula. The city boundaries include a vast territory covering nearly 2,200 square kilometres, which encompass not only the city, but a large number of outlying areas.

The layout of Baku is fairly rectangular, with only the oldest part of the city (Icheri Sheher) comprising of a series of crooked and narrow streets and walls. The suburbs of the city are the centres of oil extraction and where the businesses of railway transportation, machine-building and construction are located. In the outskirts of the city, there are various mud volcanoes and Baku’s boundaries include a health resort in the Apsheron Peninsula with coastal beaches. The beach areas are approximately 28 metres below sea level.

The weather in Baku is moderately warm with a hot, dry summer (average temperature in July is 26°C) and a fairly short, mild winter (average temperature in January is 3°C). As the city is situated on the same latitude as Greece and Italy, the area is distinguished by high average annual temperatures and a low quantity of rainfall. Strong northern and southern winds, named Khazri and Gilavar by the locals, are typical for Baku.

Modern Baku boasts many industrial centres, with oil and gas extraction and petro-chemical, machine-engineering and metalworking industries all prevalent within the city’s boundaries. The city is famous for its numerous historical monuments like the Maiden’s Tower, Shirvanshahs’ Palace, and the ancient Ateshgah Fire Temple.

Baku has been at the forefront of the country’s social and cultural history. The first national theatre was established in the city as was the country’s first University. The Azerbaijan capital was also the location for the country’s first newspaper and library. Last but not least, Baku will act as the main host city of the first ever FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Europe.

Lankaran

Lankaran
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Lankaran is a small seaside city near the southern border with Iran and has a population of 45,000. The city was built on a swamp along the northern bank of the river bearing the city's name. The region surrounding Lankaran is an important producer of spring and winter vegetables. Rice, grapes, tobacco, citrus trees and oak woods all thrive in the warm climate. However the main and most famous crop is tea, which is processed at the local tea factories. Other industries are centred on food processing, furniture, silk, wood and fine carpets.

The beaches near Lankaran are sandy and pleasant. Thermal sulphide, chloride and sodium-calcium waters of the Andjin mineral springs are situated 12 km to the West from the town. In the same area, the ruins of Ballabur castle can be found, near the village of the same name. The climate of Lankaran is humid and subtropical. The winter is temperate, summer is dry and autumn is particularly rainy. The average yearly temperature is 14°C. January is the coldest (3-4°C average) and July the warmest (25°C on average) months of the year.

Hunting and rice growing were the traditional ways of life for residents of Lankaran in the ancient periods. Later on, the inhabitants of the region were involved in the cultivation of flax, silkworm breeding, cattle breeding, bee-keeping and fishing. Blacksmiths, jewellery-makers, ship builders and potters turned the city into a land of craftsmen.

Lankaran is commonly referred to as the land of citric plants. Pheikhoa, lemon, orange, mandarin and other citric fruits are all produced in the area. The construction of the Lankaran Cannery for Fruits and Vegetable production was a big step in the development of this field.

  • The Mascot of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012

    Being born on November 15th, 1995, her favorite topic is her birth date. This talkative young lady adores relating the stories around this important event. She has very good reasons for that, as this date is associated with historical achievement in Azerbaijani football. Seventeen years ago, on this same day Azerbaijani national team shoot its first score!

  • African six eye Azerbaijan prize

    22 February 2012

    There were no surprises as Africa's first round of qualifying for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Azerbaijan 2012 came to a conclusion on Sunday, with six sides now left to fight it out for the three finals slots.

  • Eleven Hearts, One Goal’: official slogan unveiled in Lankaran

    16 February 2012

    The official slogan of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Azerbaijan 2012 has today been presented to the public. To mark the occasion, around 100 dancers took part in a surprise dance show, which was staged just before the match between Khazar-Lankaran and

  • Azerbaijani National Supporters visit FIFA

    14 February 2012

    Preparations for Azerbaijan's first-ever FIFA event intensified this afternoon, with representatives from three of the tournament's National Supporters visiting Zurich for discussions with FIFA ahead of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

  • First lady launches countdown clock

    28 November 2011

    Preparations for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Azerbaijan 2012 have moved up a gear after the tournament countdown clock was officially launched by the nation's first lady.

  • European draw pits Germans with Spain

    17 November 2011

    The first qualifying round of the 2011/12 UEFA European Women's U-17 Championship, which drew to a close at the beginning of November, saw an initial total of 42 teams whittled down to a field of just 16.

  • Japan excel again, world champions thwarted

    14 November 2011

    The high quality of Asian women's youth football has been evident over the past fortnight in Nanjing, China PR, where Japan, Korea DPR and the host nation secured passage to Azerbaijan 2012. Squeezed out of contention were Korea Republic, winners of the l

FIFA U-17 Women`s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012
Local Organising Committee
Izzat Orujova 1, AZ1025
Baku
Azerbaijan
Tel: +99412 4906901/02
Fax: +994 12 480 32 45

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