Bangkok has begun the countdown to the opening of the Fifa Futsal World Cup at the end of the year.

People taking flights to Bangkok at the end of the year in order to attend the Fifa Futsal World Cup could be excited to hear the city has started the countdown to the event.

A ceremony was held in the city to mark the unveiling of the official logo and mascot for the upcoming tournament, with the slogan Siamese Smile announced for the contest.

The competition between 24 international teams will run from November 2nd to 18th 2012, with the final taking place at the new stadium in Bangkok’s Nong Chok district.

Prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra said hosting the World Cup was a great opportunity for the country.

“There are a lot of people who play futsal in Thailand and the event should encourage more people to play sports in general and futsal in particular,” Mr Shinawatra added.

People who take flights to Bangkok in the coming days could see Tony Blair in the city as he is currently helping to promote studying English in the nation.

Written by Erin Marshall

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