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Festival of football in Graz

The international friendly training match between GAK and Aston Villa was a real festival of football – including a special, very emotional moment.

GAK supporters were full of joyful anticipation of the international test match against the English traditional club Aston Villa and the match definitely lived up to its promise. A crowd of 1,200 spectators provided for a great atmosphere in the Weinzödl training centre. They were enchanted by some delicacies of the host team from England which were well worth seeing. The favorite prevailed with a significant 8-0 victory, which actually became an irrelevant fact by the end of the day, though.

Four years after being diagnosed with leukemia Aston Villa´s 37-year-old former skipper Stiliyan Petrov had a very emotional comeback in the claret and blue jersey of  the six-time English champion. IFCS is proud of having organized this match. The almost magical moment of Petrov´s return was probably the reason why this match got even Europe-wide attention. Supporters of numerous other clubs offered their warmest congratulations; website postings in the social media were shared a thousand times on Twitter and Facebook.

Below you will find a series of impressive pictures (© GEPA) of this friendly training match – a larger picture gallery can be seen on our Facebook website.