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Federation Internationale de Football Association

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streetfootballworld festival off to a grand start

From 2-8 July it will be a time to make friends for the street football community as the world's finest practitioners of street football head to Germany for the first ever ‘streetfootballworld festival 06'.

The Copa Andrés Escobar will be up for grabs at an improvised street-side pitch in the Kreuzberg area of Berlin. The trophy was named in honour of the Colombian international who was murdered after scoring an own goal at the 1994 FIFA World Cup™.

The 22 participating teams are coming from Afghanistan, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, England, Germany, Kenya, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Turkey and USA, and there are also two combined teams from Israel and Palestine and from the Balkans.

The ‘festival 06' is an official part of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Art and Culture programme, and has German coach Jürgen Klinsmann as its official ambassador. Almost all of football's biggest stars grew up playing football out on the street, including the likes of Diego Maradona, and this festival will give as yet undiscovered footballers their chance to shine.

Twenty-four hours before the FIFA World Cup Final, Carlos Valderrama, Colombian captain at USA 1994, will present the trophy to the street football world champions.

For more information about the streetfootballworld festival 06, please send an e-mail to rusch@streetfootballworld.com or visit the official website: www.festival06.org.