Media Release

Federation Internationale de Football Association

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Programme of FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter at the FIFA World Youth Championship 2003 and SOCCEREX in Dubai

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter travels to the United Arab Emirates on 25 November, where he will attend the opening match of the FIFA World Youth Championship 2003 between the host nation and Slovakia on 27 November (Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, kick-off 20.30h).

During his stay, he will also attend a number of other matches:

  • 28.11.: Argentina vs Spain (Sharjah, 17.45h) and Czech Republic vs Australia (Dubai, 20.30h)

  • 29.11.: Saudi Arabia vs Ireland Republic (Al-Ain, 17.45h) and Japan vs England (Dubai, 20.30h)

In addition, the FIFA President will participate at the LOC/FIFA media conference on 26 November in Abu Dhabi (12.00h at the Hilton Hotel) and will give the opening address at SOCCEREX 2003 at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, on 29 November at 11.15h, before appearing at a media conference with AFC President and FIFA Executive Committee member Mohamed Bin-Hammam (Qatar) at 12.45h.

All representatives of the media wishing to attend this event are requested to contact SOCCEREX:

  • Telephone: +44 208 566 5100

  • Fax: +44 208 566 5200

  • E-mail: rita@soccerex.com

The FIFA President will return to Zurich on 30 November, before heading directly to Frankfurt for the scheduled standing committee meetings and the Preliminary Draw for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ on 5 December.

He is set to return to the United Arab Emirates on 19 December for the Final of the FIFA World Youth Championship UAE 2003.