Media Release

Federation Internationale de Football Association

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FIFA 2006 "Football for a better World - From Germany to South Africa"

The biggest single football party ever, the "Football for a Better World - From Germany to South Africa" show that was due to be presented tonight at 6 pm at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, had to be cancelled at 7.15 pm local time due to severe weather conditions. A heavy, gale-force thunderstorm with severe lightning and flooding forced the organisers to abort the live show to ensure the safety of the audience, the artists and all people involved in the show. The massive amount of rain (16 litre per sq m) made the use of show and stage equipment too risky.

"The show was due to feature our tribute to the millions of football fans in Germany and all over the world, whose commitment, passion and emotions have made the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ such a unique experience and unforgettable event", said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. "We cancelled the show with a heavy heart, but the safety of our audience and the artists was our prime concern here".

The show was supposed to feature multi-platinum selling acts from across the globe. , Germany´s Xavier Naidoo, Wir sind Helden, Die Fantastischen Vier, South American star Ivete Sangalo Dancehall and Hip Hop superstars Sean Paul, Wyclef Jean and Lumidee. One of the highlights of the evening would have been the super-group put together spontaneously and specially for this show by African music legend Youssou N'Dour. High-ranking dignitaries such as the General Secretary of the United Nations Kofi Annan, the President of the Republic of South Africa Thabo Mbeki, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, as well as the President of the 2006 Organising Committee Franz Beckenbauer wanted to reach out the audience as well in Berlin and millions of television viewers watching the broadcast in over 120 countries.

With this show, the world governing body of football wanted to emphasise the power of football far beyond the boundaries of the pitch by bringing together with artists, football icons and world leaders to deliver a joint message to the world. The show, broadcast from Germany's biggest public viewing event, the Fan Fest Berlin, was meant to spotlight the "Football for a Better World" alliance: implementation of one of the main goals of world football's governing body, which is to strive to build a better future through football, especially in Africa, but also throughout the world. Unfortunately, it will be impossible to schedule an alternative date for the show.