President Blatter opens the 65th FIFA Congress

Zurich’s Theater 11 was the stage for the kick-off of the 65th FIFA Congress, with an opening ceremony that took place on Thursday, 28 May. During the ceremony, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter delivered an inaugural speech, the text of which is now available on

FIFA President Blatter’s address was followed by remarks from the representative of the City of Zurich, Filippo Leutenegger, from the IOC (International Olympic Committee) President Thomas Bach, as well as from Ueli Maurer, head of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports.

The FIFA Congress, the supreme legislative body of FIFA, will meet at the Hallenstadion in Zurich for the 65th time in its history on Friday, 29 May, starting at 9:30 local time. will provide live video coverage of the whole day.

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