To mark FIFA's 100th anniversary, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne will be paying tribute to the "beautiful game" and its protagonists.
This evening, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, IOC President Jacques Rogge and football legend Pele will attend a special preview to officially open the exhibition, which will present a historical, social and cultural view of football and retrace the highlights of the FIFA World Cup™. Visitors will discover the history of FIFA and its many significant contributions to the development of football worldwide.
The exhibition will also examine FIFA's relationship with the IOC in the organisation of the very first Olympic Football Tournaments, as well as football's place in the history of the Games with particular focus on the debate on amateurism and professionalism.
For FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, this exhibition is a result of the long-term, harmonious relationship enjoyed by world football's governing body and the Olympic movement: "The IOC is also involved in FIFA's 100-year celebrations, as ever since it was founded, the FIFA World Cup™ has been closely linked to the Olympic Games and particularly to the Olympic Football Tournaments".
Those in charge of the exhibition at the Olympic Museum have devised an attractive, unique concept. When entering the exhibition area, visitors will be met by the outside walls of a football stadium, on which they will find a wealth of information. Before actually going inside the stadium, visitors will focus on women's football and its growing recognition in many countries. Welcomed by the cheers of an imaginary crowd, visitors will then become the 12th man in a dream team alongside Pele, Dino Zoff, Maradona or Mia Hamm. By presenting the best matches in the history of the FIFA World Cup™ and the major football nations, the exhibition will also throw the spotlight on specific features of those countries through their playing styles and tactics. Having experienced the emotions inside the stadium, visitors will then give thought to the contemporary problems that have arisen out of the sport's global success.
During the exhibition, the museum will be in World Cup mode:
on 3 December, the International Center for Sports Studies (CIES) of the University of Neuchatel will host a discussion entitled FIFA: a century of football;
a collection of photos of the 100 best players, as selected by Pele, will be on display in the museum entrance hall;
young children will be able to enjoy virtual football matches on two games consoles under the spiral ramp;
football fans will be able to consult an interactive terminal packed with results and statistics;
on 4/5 December, 2 January and 5/6 February, fans will also have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the famous FIFA World Cup™ Trophy.
Olympic Museum Lausanne, 1, Quai d'Ouchy, 1001 Lausanne. Tel. +41 21 621 65 11, Fax +41 21 621 65 12
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FIFA COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION / Zurich, 17 November 2004 / 2004-0125-IOCExhibition-E