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Countdown in Leipzig

Franz Beckenbauer will be visiting the Zentralstadion in Leipzig at midday on Thursday. The stadium, which is still under construction, is one of the 12 venues for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™. Along with his three colleagues from the OC presidential committee - Horst R. Schmidt, Wolfgang Niersbach and Fedor Radmann - Beckenbauer will bring himself up to speed with the latest stadium developments.

In the evening, the President of the Organising Committee for the 2006 FIFA World Cup has invited some 200 guests to the second Countdown evening of the year. The location for Thursday evening's monthly FIFA World Cup get-together is Leipzig's "Da Capo" exhibition hall.