Turkish Football Team Arrives in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–The Turkish National Soccer team arrived in Yerevan Friday for the September 6 qualifying match between the two countries for the 2010 World Cup finals.

Armenia’s head coach Jan Poulsen and his Turkish counterpart Fatih Terim held a joint press conference Friday evening at Yerevan’s Hrazdan Stadium.

Overall 180 foreign journalists accredited from Turkey, France, Italy, Germany, Russia are in Armenia to cover the soccer game. The majority of them (100) are from Turkey.

The match between the two teams will take place at Hrazdan stadium at 9 p.m. on Saturday with Presidents Serzh Sarkisian and Abdullah Gul in attendance.

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian met with the Armenian national team Friday to speak to the players and offer words of encouragement. He was accompanied by the chairman of the Armenian Football Federation Ruben Hayrapetian and Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Armen Grigorian.

According to Grigorian, the Armenian team is prepared and ready for the game.

The goal keeper of the Armenian national team Roman Berezovski told Armenpress that all the football players feel good and are ready to enjoy our people with their victory. Ararat Arakelian said that they do not underestimate their rival and respect them. “We will exert all our efforts to start the qualitative round of the World Cup with victory,” he concluded.

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