Five Host Cities for FIFA Confederations Cup 2005
Frankfurt, Hannover, Köln, Leipzig and Nürnberg are confirmed as the venues for the FIFA Confederations Cup from 15 to 29 June 2005 in Germany (Photo Bongarts: Confederations Cup 1993). "FIFA has thus decided to follow our recommendation," 2006 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee (OC) senior vice-president Horst R. Schmidt commented. The Kaiserslautern city authorities withdrew from the bidding process at the end of May because the Fritz-Walter stadium could not be completed in time for the 1 May 2005 deadline.
Each city will stage three matches in the 16-game tournament, apart from Final venue Frankfurt which hosts four games. "We've also agreed with FIFA to run all aspects of the tournament administration from Frankfurt," Horst R. Schmidt remarked.
The refereeing team will be based at the Hotel Kempinski Gravenbruch on the outskirts of Frankfurt, which will also serve as the officials' FIFA World Cup headquarters.
An eight-strong field will compete for the trophy: Germany (hosts), Brazil (reigning world champions), Tunisia (winner, African Cup of Nations 2004) and Mexico (winner, CONCACAF Gold Cup 2003) will be joined by the winners of the AFC Asian Cup 2004, the 2004 Copa América, the OFC Nations Cup 2004 and EURO 2004. Should Brazil win the 2004 Copa América, the losing finalists will also take part in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005. The same applies should Germany win this summer's European Championship.