An awe-inspiring African themed TV show at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg will provide a fitting backdrop on 22 November 2008 when the draw for next year's FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa takes place. Starting at 17h00 (CET+1), FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke will conduct the draw to decide which of the best continental performers will face each other in the two four-team groups in their quest for the crown of ‘champions of champions'. He will be assisted by seven Miss World contestants from the participating member associations, as well as the reigning Miss World Zilin Zhang, who will represent Asian champions Iraq.
The results can also be followed live on www.FIFA.com/southafrica2009 (with the exception of Italy and South Africa). The tournament kicks off on 14 June 2009 at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, precisely 361 days before world football's biggest showpiece - and Africa's first FIFA World Cup. South African artists will provide musical interludes during the draw show to provide the 800 guests with a taste of what to expect during June 2009. The South African TV star Carol Manana will lead the 50-minute programme, which will be broadcast live on SABC 1 and also provided to broadcasters in 187 countries.
"It would be wrong to regard the FIFA Confederations Cup as merely an entrée to the main course. The eight participating nations represent the cream of their respective continents and the contrast between these teams and their diverse styles should create a fascinating spectacle for the fans. It is shaping up to be an exciting precursor to the 2010 FIFA World Cup," said the FIFA Secretary General, who represents FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, together with the FIFA Executive Member and Chairman of the FIFA Organising Committee for the FIFA Confederations Cup, Issa Hayatou. The FIFA President is currently attending the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile.
Defending champions Brazil, FIFA World Cup™ winners Italy, hosts South Africa and European champions Spain will be placed in Pot 1. Egypt, Iraq, New Zealand and the USA will be drawn out of pot 2. South Africa, as hosts, are set as team A1 - as per the regulations which require the hosts to play the Opening Match. The only newcomers to the 2009 edition are Iraq and the two European teams - reigning world champions Italy and European champions Spain.
"It will be a wonderful opportunity for the fans to get a taste of a FIFA World Cup atmosphere in the stadiums. We are confident that South Africans will not want to miss this opportunity to see some of the best teams in world football and that matches will be sell-outs. And as for the organisation, our stadiums will undoubtedly be ready and the Confederations Cup will give us a great opportunity to test our systems and logistical planning ahead of the FIFA World Cup," said SALOC CE0 Danny Jordaan.
Fans will be able to order tickets online via FIFA.com from 23 November onwards. The Internet will be the main point of sale as is nowadays standard procedure. However, in the host country, paper applications are available at all branches of FIFA sponsors FNB. The products range from individual tickets to a variety of ticket series such as the Venue Specific Tickets (VST), which allow fans to attend all matches in a specific stadium, and which are sure to be popular once again. As for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, MATCH AG has been appointed as the service company responsible for ticketing.