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A Picnic on the Football Field
Saturday, July 25 saw the annual Expat Football League Summer Tournament. It was aimed at providing an amazing day out for football lovers, their wives, children and friends, managers and everyone involved in the Expat Football league.
Text by Elena Krivovyaz
Photos by Marina Kanischeva

Two footballers from Moscow Bhoys (left) and Expo Solutions (right)

The Turkish Real Brothers
training a future player

he event was held at league’s traditional summer location – a playing field behind MGIMO (Moscow Institute of Foreign Affairs). Although the weather was not exactly friendly, it cleared up by 2pm when proceedings began. As the players donned their kit and warmed up, visitors relaxed on the grass and picnicked with free Pepsis (Pepsi was one of the sponsors of the event), beer and other drinks. There were also loads of shashlik and tasty salads, so the 500 plus people who attended the event had no excuse but to indulge.

Children could enjoy jumping around in a bouncy castle and playing with clowns, while their fathers were playing football on the field, or at least watching others play. During half-time special football games were held with prizes of up to $750.

“We hold this event every year, but it was always a rather small event, until we found a new sponsor – Allianz Rosno –who came along to support the league. We thought it would be a good idea to have a launch party for the sponsorship,” said Nick Rees who was one of the founders of the league six years ago. Nick also plays for Moscow Flagons which is one of the members of the league.

The other founder of the league – Darren Keane was also there. “We have always had a winter and a summer event during the six years of the league’s existence,” he commented. “It’s midway through the season and that’s why we are holding a tournament for the cup as an award.”

Before the games, Nick had showed the cup to everyone. “This is our summer cup and this is what you play for today,” he laughed. Then he introduced Hannes Chopra, the CEO of Allianz Rosno, who made a speech. “I warned everyone I would just stay and drink beer and watch, but not play,” said Chopra. “We’re happy to be the sponsor of such a great event.”


CEO of Allianz Rosno,
Hannes Chopra

Nick Rees announcing the teams

There was a marquis area where guests could take a break from the heat and also find out more about Allianz Rosno whose strong support and kind sponsorship made the event totally free for everyone attending.

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