Media Release

Federation Internationale de Football Association

FIFA Strasse 20, P.O Box 8044 Zurich, Switzerland, +41 (0) 43 222 7777

32 FIFA World Cup participants heading to Dusseldorf for Team Workshop

Delegates from all 32 participants at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ will be meeting in Dusseldorf on 6-7 March 2006 for the final Team Workshop. A number of coaches are also expected to attend the Workshop, being held in the Hilton Hotel, with Carlos Alberto Gomes Parreira (Brazil), Sven-Göran Eriksson (England), Raymond Domenech (France), Marcello Lippi (Italy), Marco van Basten (Netherlands ) and Johan Neeskens (assistant coach, Australia) all having confirmed their presence.

During the two-day workshop, delegates will receive more detailed information on the various procedures during the tournament.

So that the press can keep up to date with the proceedings at the Team Workshop, FIFA and the 2006 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee are inviting media representatives to the following briefings:

Monday, 6 March 2006, 12.30pm

Press conference on medical issues relating to the 2006 FIFA World Cup™.

Subjects to be discussed: medical care for participants before the tournament, avoidance of injuries, anti-doping controls, use of first aid defibrillators supplied by Philips.

Participants: Dr Michel D'Hooghe (Chairman of the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Center), Prof. Jiri Dvorak (FIFA chief doctor), Prof. Winfried Kindermann (OC chief doctor), Markus Siegler (FIFA Director of Communication), Frank Kauffmann (Director, Philips)

Tuesday, 7 March 2006, 8.45am

Photo shoot with the FIFA World Cup coaches who are present at the Workshop.

Tuesday, 7 March 2006, 2pm

Team Workshop closing press conference.

Participants will not be known until shortly before the start of the conference.

All events will take place at the

Media Centre, Fachhochschule Düsseldorf

Georg-Glock Straße 19 (opposite the Hilton Hotel)

The Team Workshop itself in the Hilton Hotel is not open to the media, with the exception of TV crews, who will be allowed to film the hotel's meeting room for approximately ten minutes at around 8:30 AM on Monday, 6 March 2006, before being required to leave immediately afterwards.

The media centre in the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf is equipped with a number of workspaces and a waiting area. Telephone and LAN connections will not be available.

Accreditation for the Team Workshop is not required. The OC kindly requests, however, that you return the attached reply form by fax.