Blatter to make Iceland and Faroe Islands trip
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter is set to spend two days in northern Europe between 8 and 10 October, during which time he will pay a visit to Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

It will be the head of FIFA’s first trip in an official capacity to the latter destination, an archipelago situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, midway between Scotland and Iceland.

The FIFA delegation will initially make its way to Iceland on Monday 8 October, where a meeting is scheduled with the country’s Minister of Education, Science and Culture, Katrin Jakobsdottir.

Later that same day, President Blatter will visit the Icelandic Football Association’s headquarters and technical centre in Laugardalur, built as part of a Goal project and opened in 2007, as well as the Korinn and Fifan football complexes in Kopavogur. In the evening, he will hold discussions with Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson.

On 9 October, the FIFA representatives will head towards the Faroe Islands, where they will begin their stay with a tour of the Miovagar mini-pitches.

The following day, President Blatter, visiting the island nation for the first time since it became a FIFA member in 1988, will attend a meeting with Faroese Prime Minister Kaj Leo Johannesen, after which he will drop in on the headquarters of the Faroese FA (FSF), constructed via another Goal development project and opened in 2003.

The final stop-off for the FIFA delegation will be in Torshavn, where new FSF pitches will be officially opened at Torsvollur stadium and a plaque will be unveiled.