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National Arab Motors (Kia Jordan) recently concluded the 2011 Kia Champ into the Arena tournament, the largest football quintuplet in the Kingdom, which took place between the 17th of June and 5th of July 2011 and featured the participation of 123 players from around the nation.
The exhilarating tournament culminated in a final showdown between the Gendarmerie and Hamada Restaurant teams, with the first claiming the tournament’s title after winning the game with 6 goals to 3, thus qualifying to attend the final match of the 2011 Copa América in Argentina and to participate in the global tournament organized by Kia Motors Corporation for its worldwide dealers.
The final match, which took place at the stadium of the Prince Faisal Hall at the King Abdullah II Sports City in Qweismeh, was attended by the President of National Arab Motors Samir Tayeh, together with the Deputy Secretary General of the Sports Association of the Gendarmerie Forces, Maj. General Ayman Abu Ta’aimeh, the General Manager of Hamada Restaurant group Ra’ed Hamada, the tournament’s general supervisor Shamel Daghestani and its general coordinator Faleh Abu Ayed. The event was also attended by the various teams who participated in the tournament.
“The Kia Champ into the Arena was a huge success, whether in terms of its flawless organization, its exhilarating displays of athletic ability, or its contribution to the development of the skills sets of its players,” commented Tayeh. “All of these elements combined gave the tournament a unique edge and heightened the competitiveness and athletic prowess of the participating players.”
“Our goal in organizing this tournament is to present football enthusiasts in the Kingdom with the opportunity to represent their country in a global tournament and to attend the finale of the 2011 Copa América. This goes hand in hand with our strategy to reach out to our youth and to help them realize their full potential,” he added.
The Gendarmerie team includes Ibrahim Azmi Qandeel, Nor El Din Atef Khaza’aleh, Amjad Mohammed Alayyan Al Groom, Hammoudeh Manaseer, Baha’ Al Deen Al Koswani, and Mohammad Khaled Abdullah Abu Hmoor.
The 2011 Copa América was launched on July 21st 2011 and will conclude on the 24th. The tournament features a total of 10 South American teams, including Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Argentine, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela, in addition to two guest participations by Mexico and Japan. The tournament will take place in various stadiums throughout Argentina, in the cities of Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Cordoba, Salta, Jujuy, San Juan, La Plata and Santa Fe.
This step comes as part of Kia's ongoing efforts to reinforce its local presence in various parts of the globe, particularly amongst the youth demographic. This endeavor also follows a series of similar initiatives, including one organized in line with the 2008 UEFA Cup and the 2010 World Cup. The company decided to extend its scope of partnerships to South America, where it enjoys a considerable client base that that consumes more than 6 million new cars annually.
Kia Motors Corporation (www.kia.com) — a maker of quality vehicles for the young-at-heart — was founded in 1944 and is Korea's oldest manufacturer of motor vehicles. As part of the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Kia aims to become one of the world's premier automotive brands. Over 2.1 million vehicles a year are produced in 13 manufacturing and assembly operations in eight countries which are then sold and serviced through a network of distributors and dealers covering 172 countries. Kia today has over 44,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues of over US$20 billion. It is the major sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive partner of FIFA -- the governing body of the FIFA World Cup. Kia Motors Corporation's brand slogan -- "The Power to Surprise" -- represents the company's global commitment to surpassing customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.