Spanish President meets FIFA President in Madrid

The Spanish President, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, met FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter at his residence at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid today, Monday, 25 January 2010. The meeting was also attended by FIFA Vice-President and President of the Spanish Football Association (RFEF) Ángel María Villa Llona and the Spanish Secretary of State for Sport, Jaime Lissavetzky.

Among the topics discussed at the meeting were the joint bid by Spain and Portugal to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™ as well as national, European and international football matters, such as the specific nature of sport in the context of the European Union. Football-related development projects in Africa, such as Win in Africa with Africa and 1GOAL: Education for All, were also addressed.

President Blatter’s views in respect of sport’s social dimension met with a favourable response from Rodríguez Zapatero.

In connection with the Spanish presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2010, Rodríguez Zapatero and Blatter discussed the best way of implementing the proposals made by the FIFA Congress with a view to protecting national teams, safeguarding the education and training of young players and training clubs, preserving the values of commitment and motivation in football and maintaining the national identity of clubs (6+5).