Hosts Germany will meet Australia in the opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup on 15 June 2005 (kick-off 20.45h). In a double celebration, the game will also mark the official opening of the new Waldstadion in Frankfurt, which will also stage the final of the competition on 29 June (kick off 20.45h).
Germany and world champions Brazil were the seeded teams in groups A and B respectively for the draw at the Alte Oper concert hall in Frankfurt on Monday. During a ceremony that was broadcast live by German TV channel ARD, "lady luck" Katarina Witt drew Australia, Argentina and Tunisia to go up against the host nation in the group round. Meanwhile, Brazil's opponents in the first stage of the "festival of champions", which assembles the winners of the six continental championships, will be Greece, Japan and Mexico.
"In terms of the teams participating, the Confederations Cup has never been so attractive. Fans will be able to watch eight of the best teams in the world a year before the FIFA World Cup™. I am sure that we will see packed stadiums for the tournament, just as we will for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™," commented Chuck Blazer, the chairman of the Organising Committee for the FIFA Confederations Cup.
The tournament will last from 15 to 29 June 2005, with matches being played in Frankfurt, Hanover, Leipzig, Nuremberg and Cologne. Germany's second and third group matches will be in Cologne (18 June) and Nuremberg (21 June) respectively, while the semi-finals will take place in Nuremberg (25 June) and Hanover (26 June). Some 700,000 tickets will be available for the event. The cheapest will cost EUR 17, while a top category ticket for the final will have a EUR 99 price tag. On average, tickets will cost 42 Euros. "These prices will not be out of anybody's price range," said Urs Linsi, General Secretary of world football's governing body, FIFA.
Ticket sales will begin on 2 November 2004. "The Internet will be our main point of sale," explained Horst R. Schmidt, 1st vice-president of the local organising committee. 99 per cent of tickets for EURO 2004 were sold online. Details about the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 can be found on www.FIFAworldcup.com .
Fans will also be able to buy tickets by calling +49 (0)1805-60 66 60 (EUR 0.12 per minute from the German fixed-line network). MasterCard will be the official credit card of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005.
The Germans will not be the only ones looking to use the tournament to run the rule over conditions in the host nation ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™. Germany coach Jürgen Klinsmann, Greece's EURO 2004 winning coach Otto Rehhagel, Japan's Zico, Argentina's José Pekermann and Australia's Frank Farina were joined by FIFA General Secretary Urs Linsi, Chuck Blazer and Lennart Johansson at the draw ceremony. The Swedish chairman of the Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup™ will remain in Germany on 2 and 3 November to inspect the World Cup stadiums in Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin.
The Waldstadion in Frankfurt will already be up to 2006 FIFA World Cup™ specifications when it stages FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 matches. "From an organisational point of view, the Confederations Cup will be the perfect dress rehearsal for us," said Horst R. Schmidt. Tickets for matches in Frankfurt, for example, will use the chip technology foreseen for FIFA's flagship event in 2006. The media centre also already meets World Cup requirements and the company responsible for the worldwide broadcast of the FIFA Confederations Cup will produce pictures of World Cup quality for the matches played at the Waldstation.
Previous winners of the FIFA Confederations Cup
1997 in Saudi Arabia: Brazil
1999 in Mexico: Mexico
2001 in Korea/Japan: France
2003 in France: France
Further information from:
FIFA Media Department
Since 1 January 2004, Telephone: +41-43/222 7272 - Telefax: +41-43/222 7373 - E-mail : email@example.com
FIFA Communications Division
Zurich, 1 November 2004