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Final competition match schedule approved

At its meeting today in Frankfurt, the Organising Committee for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany under the chairmanship of FIFA vice-president Julio Grondona approved the match schedule for the final competition to be held in Germany from 9 June to 9 July 2006.

The committee thus acceded to the wishes of the local organising committee to stage the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. The two semi-finals will take place in Munich and Dortmund.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter expressed his satisfaction with the match schedule: “FIFA and the LOC have worked as partners together to draw up a balanced match schedule ensuring equitable distribution of the matches among the twelve venues. We have also made sure that the teams meeting in the last sixteen will be given the same number of rest days.”

Eight venues will each host five matches, while Berlin, Dortmund, Munich and Stuttgart will each have the honour of an extra sixth match. Furthermore, in the group stage, no team will play in the same stadium twice, and there will also be at least two days in between matches in the same stadium. In addition, each venue will play host to two matches featuring one of the top-seeded teams.

The complete match schedule can be found on the official website,


. The draw to decide the groups for the final competition will be held in Leipzig in December 2005.