U14 teams of Canakkale Dardanelle Sports Club and Sydney Stars SC (Umutspor), both participants of Vodafone 3rd International Soccer tournament, played a very special friendly game in Kusadasi.
Their ancestors had fought in Dardanelles during WWI and the grandsons played soccer against each other.
Former Turkey Head-coach Sepp Piontek kick started the game which was witnessed by an impressive number of spectators including Mr. M. Esat Altungun, the Mayor of Kusadasi
Fans applauded the players with passion after the game.
“Remembering the fallen soldiers of two nations through a sports event like this is truly meaningful. I know and wish soccer could always play an instrumental role in building friendship and peace between peoples. I am also happy that Kusadasi hosted this special event as I am a resident of Kusadasi as well. I am proud to be here today” Former Turkey coach Piontek said.
4 teams from 9 countries participated in the 3rd year of this tournament. However today is a special day; as coincidentally these two teams are playing on Anzac Day. I am sure this game would have given everyone on both sides goose bumps. I wish success to all teams participating.” said Mr. M. Esat Altungun, the Mayor of Kusadasi.
Sydney Stars SC (Umutspor) perhaps was not successful in the tournament but the players definitely enjoyed and benefited from the experience. The team was awarded “Respect” award by the tournament committee.
“We know our humble capacity and the results were not surprising however this was a great experience for us. I would like to thank all Sydney Stars SC (Umutspor) team who participated in organizing our Australian teams time in Turkey during Anzac day as well as April 23 Childrens Day. ” Sydney Stars SC (Umutspor) coach Engin Durmus said.