Manchester United's big new signing, Owen Hargreaves, will be on a goodwill visit to South Africa this week, along with German 2006 FIFA World Cup™ hero Phillip Lahm and Hamburger SV's Piotr Trochowski.
After 10 years at Bayern Munich, it was confirmed last week that England midfielder Hargreaves had been signed by English champions United for £17 million, a record amount for any transfer in the Bundesliga .
Hargreaves was England's standout player in what was an otherwise disappointing 2006 FIFA World Cup for the English.
Lahm scored the sensational opening goal of Germany 2006 and also attracted rave reviews for his role in Germany's march to the tournament's semifinals on home soil.
Lahm, the diminutive attack-minded defender, was nicknamed "wonder dwarf" by the German media during the tournament.
German international Trochowski is an attacking midfielder for German Bundesliga club Hamburger SV, who he's helped to reach the UEFA Champions League last season.
The players will be on a "Kick it in South Africa" tour organised by Mike de Vries, who headed Germany's Land of Ideas marketing campaign during Germany 2006, in conjunction with South Africa's International Marketing Council.
During their trip to the host country of the 2010 FIFA World Cup ™, the three players will visit the SAFA House headquarters of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Organising Committee (OC) and meet with OC chief executive officer Danny Jordaan and chairman Irvin Khoza.
They will also visit Soccer City, which will host the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ opening ceremony and final, as well as Soweto's Orlando Stadium, which will be one of the tournament's training venues.
They will also visit an SOS Children's Village south of Johannesburg, a "Kick Aids" programme in Mamelodi, north of Johannesburg and will have lunch with popular South African musician "Zola".
In addition they will visit the German School in Johannesburg and conduct coaching clinics at local schools.
Their busy program will also include a visit to a World Vision project in South Africa's southern African neighbouring country Swaziland.
Hargreaves won four league and three domestic cup titles, as well as the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Champs titles with Bayern.
After his move to United was announced, Bayern's chairman Karl-Heinz Rumenigge said Hargreaves was "in the defensive position one of the best in the world".