Azerbaijan’s circle of friends expands

Following on from former Croatia international Dario Simic, and German women’s football legend Steffi Jones, renowned local singing artist Chingiz Mustafayev has been officially selected as a ‘friend’ of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012.

Having already played a part in the launch of the ‘Live your goals’ campaign on 10 March in Baku, the talented young guitarist was present on Wednesday 9 May to lend his support to Azerbaijan’s U-17 women’s team at Lankaran City Stadium, as they defeated Latvia 4-0 in a friendly match.

Close to 4,000 fans were in attendance, not just to cheer on their favourites, but to listen to the Azerbaijani pop star, who treated fans to some of his songs prior to kick-off and at half-time. Top Top Girl, the event’s official mascot, also travelled to the coastal city of Lankaran, which is now ready, in tandem with Baku, to welcome the world’s top U-17 women's teams in September and October.