Max Kern (text), Sebastian Rieder (video) and Toto Marti (photos) from Baku
Ex-Nati striker Innocent Emeghara (32), who, like Nati-Captain Granit Xhaka and the current European Championship participant Admir Mehmedi, celebrated his premiere for Switzerland ten years ago in a 2-2 win at Wembley against England, said yes on the phone Blick: “Baku is the Dubai of Europe.” Today’s Winti striker is an expert on Azerbaijan: the globetrotter plays twice in his career in Baku for Qarabag FK, the club from the capital of Karabakh, which was bombed in the war in Armenia. In 2019 Inno celebrates the championship title on the Caspian Sea.
Emeghara praises Azerbaijan’s capital: “Crime is zero.”
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Baku hosted the Formula 1 GP on Sunday. Yesterday morning in the center the concrete barriers with the Pirelli inscriptions can be seen on almost every roadside. Baku is, above all, futuristic glass palaces. The money gushes out of the ground in the form of oil. The state oil company Socar (abbreviation for State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic) makes its money with black gold in Switzerland too.
Largest chandelier in the world
The luxury palace “Bilgah Beach” is supposed to be the place of power in Azerbaijan for Vladimir Petkovic’s national team for the European Championship group games against Wales (on Saturday) and Turkey (on June 20). The five-star hotel with what is said to be the largest chandelier in the world (72,000 pears shine on a 54 m long rope) sits enthroned on the beach north of Baku.
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Published: June 8th, 2021, 7:05 pm
Last updated: June 8th, 2021, 10:30 p.m.