After ending a 44-year wait for a major title, Spain's UEFA Euro 2008 success also means the Spanish will represent Europe at next year's FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 in South Africa.
As newly-crowned European champions, Spain join an exciting FIFA Confederations Cup line-up that also includes South American champions Brazil, reigning 2006 FIFA World Cup champions Italy, hosts South Africa, African champions Egypt, Asian champions Iraq and CONCACAF champions United States. The FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 takes place in South Africa from 14 June to 28 June 2009.
"We have sent a letter of congratulations to Spain for their wonderful win at Euro 2008. The Spanish played brilliant football throughout the tournament and thoroughly deserved their success. We would also like to congratulate them on joining the line-up of teams who have qualified for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009. Spain's star-studded squad of players and colourful, passionate fans will add even more appeal to what is already a mouth-watering Confederations Cup line-up. In Spain and Italy from Europe we have two of the biggest teams in world football. And if you add Brazil with their pedigree and flair, there's no doubt it will be a spectacular Confederations Cup, which we are really looking forward to," said Dr Danny Jordaan, the Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.
Dr Jordaan added that the Organising Committee is doing everything to ensure that the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 will be a success and is content with the current progress of the preparations.
"We have noted FIFA President Joseph Blatter's recent comments about South Africa and agree with him that the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 will be our big test. We are therefore doing everything in our power to ensure the tournament will be a success which will give the football world a taste of what is to come at South Africa 2010. We are very happy with the progress being made both on the stadiums and the core organisation for the FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup and are confident that we will meet all commitments made to FIFA. We value the FIFA President`s continued support and we are convinced that we remain on track to deliver on what we have always maintained will in 2010 be the best FIFA World Cup ever," said Dr Jordaan.
While Euro 2008 was a major success for Spain, the tournament was also a very important learning opportunity for the 2010 Organising Committee, who had a large team of observers at Euro 2008 looking at organisational aspects such as broadcasting, media operations, marketing, fan zones, security, host city operations, transport and event logistics etc. in preparation for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 and 2010 FIFA World Cup.