Hungarian football in safe hands
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On 2 May 2009, the second day of his stay in Hungary, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter officially inaugurated the Telki Technical and Training Centre. This was built thanks to a joint-aid package from FIFA, UEFA and the Hungarian Football Association via the Goal Project (FIFA), HatTrick (UEFA) and the FA (Hungarian FA).

Among the 400 guests at this prestigious event were the FIFA President, the UEFA President Michel Platini, the South African ambassador, several members of the Hungarian government and of course the President of the Hungarian FA, Istvan Kisteleki. The high point of the ceremony, which was enjoyed by all, was a performance by the famous Hungarian soprano Erika Miklosa.

"It's a great pleasure to be here today," said the President of world football's governing body. "Above all, I'd like to thank and congratulate all the people and all the workers who built this building, which is up to the very highest international standards. This type of project would be impossible without close collaboration between the local authorities, the [Football] Association and sponsors."

Egypt here we come
Blatter also took the time to offer special thanks to the Hungarian government, UEFA President Platini and the honorary FIFA members who attended the inauguration. Nor did he neglect to highlight Hungary's recent good run of results: "Here we can talk about the future of Hungarian football, and I think that it has good days ahead. And I must congratulate the U-20 team who have qualified for the next World Cup for that age group, [which will be held] in Egypt in the autumn!"

"I think that it's a great source of motivation and hope for the future of football in this country to see a development like that as well as pitches like these. I'm convinced that it will help provide success, and the excitement that goes with it, to the Hungarian people," concluded the FIFA President.

On the morning of Sunday 3 May, Blatter will open the Hungarian FA's General Assembly, which will be held at the Telki Centre and is the last act of his tour of eastern Europe.