Spanish World Cup organizers are putting the finishing touches to preparations for the June 13 kick-off.
GV PAN Asturias airport terminal, west of Gijon, PAN TO Austrian team
SV Asturias child in national costume, dancing at airport (2 SHOTS)
SV Team members, Hans Krankl (on left) and Walter Schachner with children.
GV & SV PAN Gijon: El Molinon football stadium with workers on site preparing stands. (4 SHOTS)
GV Ovideo: Exterior of Carlos Tartiere stadium and interior. (2 SHOTS)
SVs Engineers test lines at Press facilities. (2 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM IN TO Workmen marking out field. (2 SHOTS)
SV Men at Press benches.
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Background: Spanish World Cup organizers are putting the finishing touches to preparations for the June 13 kick-off. Twenty-four teams from all over the world are travelling to Spain for the soccer spectacular, bringing with them most of the sport's top names. A traditional welcome greeted the Austrian team when it arrived at Asturias airport, west of Gijon, on June 8. Children dressed in the national costume of the Asturian province, performed traditional dances for the soccer team. Two of the players, Hans Krankl and Walter Schachner later mixed with the children. The 52-match tournament will be held in 14 Spanish cities and the last touches are being added to the sports grounds which will host the matches, In Gijon, the venue is the El Molinon stadium where workers are still preparing seating and stands. It is here that three Group-Two matches will take place. In Ovideo, at the Carlos Tartiere stadium, engineers have been testing communication lines to the Press benches while other workers marked out the field.