2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

9 June - 9 July

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2006 FIFA World Cup™

Franz Beckenbauer appoints FIFA World Cup™ ambassadors

Franz Beckenbauer, President of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee Germany (OC) has put together a quite special team. On Thursday 23 January, at the first Countdown evening in Köln, he named the twelve legendary players who are to be the ambassadors for the tournament, each representing one of the FIFA World Cup host cities. "What a team", enthused Beckenbauer about his ensemble. "Our ambassadors' achievements in the game speak for themselves. They are idols, full of charisma and magnificent standard bearers for the World Cup".

The combined honours of the FIFA World Cup ambassadors are quite simply mind-blowing; between them they have won 7 FIFA World Cups, 3 European Championships,18 German Championships, 7 European cup competitions and 11 German Cups!

In their role as FIFA World Cup ambassadors, they will be kept busy, starring in national PR campaigns, welcoming international guests, and representing their respective FIFA World Cup host cities in publicity work.

The twelve FIFA World Cup ambassadors:

FIFA World Cup host city Berlin

Michael Preetz (17 August 1967)

Bundesliga career:

1986 240 appearances (Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Berlin) 86 goals

National team:

1999-2000 7 caps 3 goals

Career highlights:

League Cup winner 2001 and 2002 (with Hertha BSC)

FIFA World Cup host city Dortmund

Stefan Reuter (16 October 1966)

Bundesliga career:

1985- 455 appearances (Nürnberg, München, Dortmund) 25 goals

National team:

1987-1998 69 caps 2 goals

Career highlights:

FIFA World Cup winner 1990

European Championship winner 1996

European Championship runner-up 1992

Champions League winner 1996/97 (with Borussia Dortmund)

UEFA Cup finalist 1992/93 and 2001/2002 (Dortmund)

German Championship winner 1988/89, 1989/90 (with Bayern München), 1994/95, 1995/96 and 2001/2002 (Dortmund)

German Championship runner-up 1990/91 (München)

FIFA World Cup host city Frankfurt

Bernd Hölzenbein (9 March 1946)

Bundesliga career:

1967-1981 420 appearances (Eintracht Frankfurt) 160 goals

National team:

1973-1978 40 caps 5 goals

Career highlights:

FIFA World Cup winner 1974

European Championship runner-up 1976

UEFA Cup winner 1979/80

German Cup winner 1973/74, 1974/75 and 1980/81

FIFA World Cup host city Gelsenkirchen

*Olaf Thon *(1 May 1966)

Bundesliga career:

1984-2002 443 appearances (Schalke 04, Bayern München) 82 goals

National team:

1984-1998 52 caps 3 goals

Career highlights:

FIFA World Cup winner 1990

UEFA Cup winner 1996/97 (with Schalke 04)

German Cup winner 2000/2001 and 2001/2002 (Schalke)

German Championship winner 1988/89, 1989/90 and 1993/94 (München)

German Championship runner-up 1990/91, 1992/93 (München) and 2000/2001 (Schalke)

FIFA World Cup host city Hamburg

Uwe Seeler (5 November 1936)

Bundesliga career:

1963-1972 239 appearances (Hamburger SV) 137 goals

National team:

1954-1970 72 caps 43 goals

Career highlights:

FIFA World Cup runner-up 1966

German Championship winner 1960 (with HSV)

German Cup winner 1963 (with HSV)

European Cup Winners' Cup finalist 1967/68

Honorary captain of the national team

FIFA World Cup host city* Hannover*

Hans Siemensmeyer (23 September 1940)

Bundesliga career: 1965-1974 278 appearances (Hannover 96) 71 goals

National team:

1967 3 caps 2 goals

Career highlights:

9th place with Hannover in Bundesliga seasons 1966/67 and 1970/71

FIFA World Cup host city Kaiserslautern

Horst Eckel (8 February 1932)

League career:

1948-1960 247 appearances (FC Kaiserslautern) 74 goals

National team:

1952-58 32 caps

Career highlights:

FIFA World Cup winner 1954

German Championship winner 1951 and 1953 (with FC Kaiserslautern)

FIFA World Cup host city Köln

Wolfgang Overath (29 September 1943)

Bundesliga career:

1963-1977 409 appearances (FC Köln) 83 goals

National team:

1963-1974 81 caps 17 goals

Career highlights:

FIFA World Cup winner 1974

FIFA World Cup runner-up 1966

German Cup winner 1967/68 and 1976/77

German Cup finalist 1969/70, 1970/71 and 1972/73

German Championship winner 1963/64

German Championship runner-up 1964/65 and 1972/73

FIFA World Cup host city Leipzig

René Müller (11 February 1959)

Bundesliga career:

1991-1994 81 appearances (Dynamo Dresden)

290 appearances in East Germany's Oberliga with FC Lokomotive Leipzig

National team

1984-89 46 caps

Career highlights:

East German Cup winner 1986 and 1987 (with FC Lok Leipzig)

European Cup Winners' Cup finalist 1987 (Leipzig)

2 x East German footballer of the year (1986, 1987)

13th place in Bundesliga season 1993/94 with Dynamo Dresden

FIFA World Cup host city München

Gerd Müller (3 November 1945)

Bundesliga career:

1965-1979 427 appearances (Bayern München) 365 goals

National team:

1966-1974 62 caps 68 goals

Career highlights:

FIFA World Cup winner 1974

European Championship winner 1972

Champions League winner (then European Champions Cup) 1973/74, 1974/75 and 1975/76

European Cup Winner's Cup winner 1966/67

German Cup winner 1965/66, 1966/67, 1968/69 and 1970/71

German Championship winner 1968/69, 1971/72, 1972/73 and 1973/74

German Championship runner-up 1969/70 and 1970/71

FIFA World Cup host city Nürnberg Andreas Köpke (12 March 1962)

Bundesliga career:

1986-1999 346 appearances (FC Nürnberg, Eintr. Frankfurt) 2 goals

National team:

1990-1998 59 caps

Career highlights:

European Championship winner 1996

FIFA World Cup host city Stuttgart

*Guido Buchwald *(24 January 1961)

Bundesliga career:

1983-98 334 appearances (VfB Stuttgart, Karlsruher SC) 29 goals

National team:

1984-94 76 caps 4 goals

Career highlights:

FIFA World Cup winner 1990

European Championship runner-up 1992

UEFA Cup finalist 1988/89 (with VfB Stuttgart)

German Cup finalist 1985/86 (Stuttgart)

German Championship winner 1983/84 and 1991/92 (Stuttgart)