Official Emblem for Egypt 2009 unveiled
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The Official Emblem of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Egypt 2009 was unveiled today during a ceremony held in Cairo.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter was unable to attend, but sent the following message: "The FIFA U-20 World Cup is a major event in which we have seen over the past 30 years the rise of great football stars, such as Maradona, Ronaldinho and Messi. I am certain that new talents will emerge once again in Egypt in 2009."

The Official Emblem represents a harmonious fusion of Egypt's glorious ancient civilization with today's modern culture. The shape of the sphinx represents the millenary essence of Egypt, while the golden colour symbolises the sun, the desert sand and the golden kingdom of the Nile. The use of red, black and white embodies the colours of the Egyptian national flag.

The 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup will be the second FIFA competition organised by Egypt, who hosted the U-17 tournament in 1997. The top 24 teams from all over the world will compete for the title from 25 September to 16 October 2009.