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SOCCA World Cup kicks off in Rethymno on 12th October 2019


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Opening ceremony: A night to remember

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This was a Sunday night October 13th which will live long in our memory.

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One hour before the Opening ceremony starts, the Stadium was already full!

4000 people in the pitch and 5000 outside watched through the giant video walls the spectacular opening ceremony.

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It had it all: the famous music group Onirama and a Champions League winner, Djibril Cissé, spinning decks, making this night thrilling!

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And soccer games are still going on. Stay tuned!


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Socca World Cup is full of surprises!

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Rethymno is considered to be a famous weddingdestination in Greece. An unexpected incident happened in the Leisure LeaguesStadium on Thursday, October 16th , just before the game between Lithuania-Whalesstarts.

The Lithuanian football player S. Savickas came up with an incredible wedding proposal: he kneeled at the center of the pitch and presented an engagement ring to his beloved one, taken completely by surprise!

The crowd applauded in wild excitement.

We wish them all the best!



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Rethymno well known for the quality of its long sandy beaches invites you to Socca World Cup 2019 kicking off on 12th October.

Enjoy a video with the upcoming event.


The World Cup draw took place and the participating nations, from across Europe, Asia, America, and Africa know now the teams which they will meet at the group stages, and the path that they will have to follow to progress to the final!

Greece is the leading team of Group A and is about to face Egypt, Latvia, Azerbaijan, and Mexico. The World Cup festivities will begin with a spectacular opening ceremony that will take place on Saturday 13 October @ 21:00.

Away from the football, there is going to be plenty of fall events to excite the spectators, who will be able to enjoy the gorgeous autumn sunshine on an Island that was voted as one of the top five tourist destinations on the planet. The build-up is already underway, the planning done and by October the excitement will be at fever pitch as Crete 2019 is ready to go!

Soccer lovers and volunteers in the Socca World Cup in Rethymno! Live one of the biggest sports events in Greece on the front-line! The Municipality of Rethymno launches the SOCCA World Cup volunteer program to help visitors and participants enjoy this unique event and make their stay in Rethymno unforgettable. Our goal is to ensure a unique and unforgettable experience for all volunteers in the tournament, running from12th to 20th of October 2019. It’s a unique opportunity for thousands of people from Greece and around the world to get involved in the SoccaWorld Cup 2019 and contribute to the success of this important event.

If you are interested to join our team, please send us an e-mail at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or call at (0030) 28310-40140 for more info. Play an active part in this great event. Become a volunteer!


Grab this unique opportunity to explore the city of Rethymno and enjoy Crete at its best! Meet the locals and live this unique experience of the genuine Cretan hospitality. You are welcome to be our honored guests! 

City of Rethymno

You are invited to travel to areas, which are perhaps still unknown to the majority, and which are sometimes remote, but always magical and magnificent throughout the seasons. We recommend our visitors to see our picturesque villages through the eyes of the soul, try the Cretan cuisine, our wine and “tsikoudia”, participate in our revelries and festivities, but most importantly get to know our soul, our hospitality, the safe, untouched interior of the region, the other Rethymno.
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