Countdown running for FIFA Club World Championship - Brazil 2000
With barely a month to the start of the first FIFA Club World Championship , the Brazilian organisers are busily giving the two stadiums a face-lift before they play host to the eight contestants.
The eight teams will play in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. In Rio, Manchester United (England/ Europe), Vasco da Gama (Brazil/South America), Necaxa (Mexico/CONCACAF) and South Melbourne (Australia/ Oceania) will play in the Maracana Stadium, where the world’s biggest-ever official attendance of 174,000 watched the World Cup Final in 1950 between Brazil and Uruguay. In Sao Paulo, Real Madrid (Spain/1998 European-South American Cup winners), Corinthians (Brazil/host country champions), Al-Nassr (Saudi Arabia/Asia) and the African champions to be decided on 12 December will play their matches in the Morumbi, the world’s biggest private stadium.
The Club World Championship from 5 to 14 January 2000 is the first FIFA competition in 50 years to be organised in Brazil, the country that has produced the World Champions four times. It is being done with state-of-the-art technology and some unique innovations including special media stands, new seats and dressing-rooms.
FIFA‘s commitment for the latest addition to its range of competitions is reflected in the prize money on offer, with the winners standing to take home USD. 6 million and no team earning less than USD. 2.5 million.
Not only media and public interest is high in Brazil, but the response to the largest volunteer programme ever organised in the country has been tremendous, with thousands of young volunteers offering to take part in this historical event and share their enthusiasm with the large number of fans anticipated from overseas.
FIFA’s decision to extend until 20 December the deadline for the participating clubs to contract players (whom they must engage at least until the end of the current or next season) may help some teams reinforce with more stars for the competition.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, who will attend the event along with his Technical Adviser, Michel Platini, and other football personalities, is convinced of the success of the new venture. “We must remember that when the first World Cup was held in Uruguay 70 years ago, its future was not certain. But just look at it now,” said Blatter.
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