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FIFA and EU sign Memo of Understanding in Berlin

Today, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and Louis Michel, Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, set the seal on the Memo of Understanding of both organizations joint alliance for the empowerment of Africa through football during a signing ceremony at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa and Alpha Oumar Konare, Chairman of the African Union Commission, and José Manuel Barroso President of the EU Commission were testimonals at this coveted occasion.

The agreement further underscores the strong commitment of FIFA and the EU to bring together their respective expertise and to put football at the sevice of Africa's development.