With less than 24 hours to go before the FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003, the FIFA President has spoken about the competition. "It's raison d’être is solidarity," said Joseph S. Blatter on Tuesday 17 June 2003 at a press conference held in Paris.
"It is a mini World Cup and the only opportunity for sides from Asia, Africa, Oceania, Central and North America to test their potential against the European and South American teams who usually win the most prestigious trophies,” said the FIFA President. "It is also a living example of the principle of solidarity that lies at the heart of world football.”
In response to those that have highlighted the absence of some major players who have been retained by their clubs in the Spanish Liga, Joseph S. Blatter pointed out that the coordinated international match calendar 2002 – 2004 contained a period reserved for national sides in June 2003.
"With the champions of each Confederation, the reigning world champions and the third-placed side in the last FIFA World Cup, I think we have all the ingredients for a fabulous competition,” he concluded.