The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola made its debut in Auckland, New Zealand for the first time on 27 April 2010.
In the presence of New Zealand’s national football team members, who qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ last November, the FIFA World Cup Trophy was also greeted by Reynald Temarii, President of the Oceania Football Confederation and FIFA Vice President; Frank Van Hattum, Chairman of New Zealand Football and Bruce Weston from Coca-Cola Oceania.
New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key also sent a welcome message via a pre-recorded video. “I would like to give my full support to the development of football in New Zealand.”
All Whites centre-back Ben Sigmund was understandably excited to be at the event, “Seeing the FIFA World Cup Trophy up close is something special,” he said. “I am truly motivated and we will try our best to do a good job in South Africa to make our fans happy.”
Reynald Temarii said: “We have had such a great reception around the world and we’re looking forward to being able to continue the celebration in New Zealand.”
More than 500 hundred local football fans were in attendance having won a unique opportunity to see the FIFA World Cup Trophy in person and take photos.
The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour will now continue to Canada and conclude its journey in the USA before heading to South Africa.