Atletico Street Named for Aragones
The avenue leading up to the new Atletico Madrid stadium will be named for a fallen former Spain coach.
Luis Aragones, who died last month of leukemia at 75, was a coach and club figure. Ana Botella, the mayor of Madrid, announced the news at the site of the new facility.
Aragones played for and coached Atletico during his long career. He coached Spain to a Euro title in 2008.
Atletico hopes to move into its new stadium by 2016.
Austrian Football Extends Marketing Partnership
The Austrian Football Association has extended its deal with Infront Sports & Media.
The deal includes the marketing rights to LED advertising boards at Austrian national team home matches. It will cover the qualification periods for Euro 2016 as well as the 2018 World Cup.
Infront supplies the stadia with LED boards as well as part of the deal.
“Infront has not only offered the best proposal,” said Austrian Football Association general director Alfred Ludwig, “but has fully proved a competent and successful partner to the [association] over the years.”
Cyprus Stadium Awaits U.S.-Ukraine Friendly
A small stadium in Cyprus will be the scene of a big time match on Wednesday.
Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca, which holds just over 10,000 fans, will host a friendly between the United States and Ukraine.
The stadium opened in 1986 and has previously hosted the Cyprus national team.
The match was originally scheduled to be played at a 40,000-seat stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine. However, due to turmoil in the country, the two sides sought an alternate site.
Cyprus’ largest facility, GSP Stadium in Nicosia, holds about 23,000. However, it is hosting Cyprus and Northern Ireland in a friendly of its own.
“This game is a huge opportunity, mainly for our European-based players, for those guys to prove to us that they are eager and hungry to jump on the train to the FIFA World Cup,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann told the AP.
By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin