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World Cup 2006 attracts 20,000 would-be volunteers



BERLIN, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Around 20,000 would-be volunteers have offered their services for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, leaving organisers confident they will find the 15,000 they need to help out at the tournament.

"We're happy with the massive interest and we are also pleased with the quality of the applicants to date. A lot of young people with languages have applied, as well as highly qualified older football fans with much work experience," said Theo Zwangiger, vice-president of the World Cup's organising committee.

Organisers said a man born in 1927 was the oldest person to apply.

The committee is seeking volunteers before and during the World Cup, which runs from June 9 to July 9, to look after the 32 teams, VIPs and media and to help out with transport, marketing and telecoms.

Organisers are also looking for around 2,000 volunteers for the Confederations Cup in Germany next June.

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Ecuador desperately seeking consistency

3 December 2004
by FIFAworldcup.com


As 2004 draws to a close, FIFAworldcup.com takes a closer look at the highs and lows along the bumpy road to Germany 2006. And who better than Ecuador to illustrate how a side’s fortunes can fluctuate throughout the course of a single season? From a miserable Copa America to the exhilaration of defeating mighty Brazil for a share of third place in the South American FIFA World Cup ™ qualifying race, no one knows better than Ecuador the peaks and valleys of Planet Football.
It was always going to be difficult for Ecuador to maintain the momentum generated by their unexpected arrival on the world stage in 2001, when they famously finished above Brazil while qualifying for their first-ever FIFA World Cup finals. And although they failed to progress to the second round, a 1-0 victory over Croatia hinted at more in store from a country that had previously been better known for its bananas, petrol, jungle and emeralds than its footballers.

However, a disappointingly quick exit from the Copa América and the subsequent departure of manager Hernán Darío Gómez led to the doomsday merchants predicting an end to the fairytale success of a country devastated by emigration. But under another Columbian, Luis Suárez, they have put together a string of home victories that have left the entire country dreaming of glory once more.

“We knew that we could improve, that we had to improve, but that doesn’t take away from what we’ve achieved up to now. We’re in the top five and we’ve done what nobody else had done up until now: beaten the world champions,” Suarez enthused on 17 November, the day Ecuadorians finally realised that their historic breakthrough in 2001 could be repeated.

Facts and figures: Why there’s no place like home
One of the undeniable factors in Ecuador’s success has been their home form. In fact, all of the 16 points they have thus far attained have come from matches played in Quito’s Atahualpa stadium. Five victories and one draw is automatic qualification form, but their abysmal record on the road (five straight defeats) shows why they remain six points below top-placed Argentina. The reason for such a disparity between home and away results would seem to lie both in the support of their fans and, perhaps more importantly, the advantage of playing against opponents who aren’t as accustomed to the high altitude of Quito (2,850 metres above sea-level). They have scored 12 goals and conceded 11, the joint lowest number in the competition. Edison Mendez is their top marksman, with three goals.
The nucleus of the team continues to be formed by experienced campaigners like Ulises de La Cruz, Ivan Hurtado and Agustín Delgado, but new blood has come through to try and compensate for the gap left by the legendary Alex Aguinaga, who bowed out at the age of 36 after the recent Copa América in Peru. Newcomers Edwin Villafuerte and Franklin Salas have provided reason to cheer, while Edison Mendez and Ivan Kaviedes have gone on to confirm their promise.

Méndez: goals and talent
After scoring the winner and provoking delirium against Brazil, Edison Mendez has emerged as the outstanding Ecuadorian player of the qualifying campaign so far. Although less explosive than Franklin Salas, who has yet to consolidate a spot in the starting line-up, Mendez has had the opportunity to demonstrate his worth. The twenty-five year old top scorer has won over the fans and manager through a mixture of commitment, sacrifice and overall ability.

The best cure for all ills
The victory over Brazil came at an opportune time, following as it did a succession of blows to national pride. Despite victories over Bolivia and Columbia in June, next came an ignominious exit from the Copa America, followed by Bolillo Gomez’s departure and a defeat in Suarez’s first game in charge. Venezuela then beat them 3-1, but overcoming the current world champions can soothe unrest in less time than it took for Méndez’s right foot to guide the ball past Dida into an expectant net.
A vulnerable defence and an enduring strength
Although the Ecuadorian defence contains such illustrious names as Ulises de La Cruz and Ivan Hurtado, it hasn’t been as secure as one might expect. Only three clean sheets have been kept through eleven games. It looks as though Edwin Villafuerte has made the goalkeeper’s jersey his own after having to compete intensely for the position. There is no doubt that improvements are required, but the talismanic effect of their home stadium and supporters continues to inspire hopes of qualifying.

Expectations: an uncertain conclusion
More than halfway through the campaign, Ecuador now know their strong and weak points. If they want to be successful they will have to continue their strong home form and drastically overhaul their performances on the road. They have yet to receive a visit from Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay and must travel to Peru, Colombia, Bolivia and Chile. Whether or not they will entertain their many fans in a second consecutive finals is still very much in their own hands.

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World Cup Plans on Track for Organizers and Team



By Kevin Fylan

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Internal rows and personal bickering remain an entertaining sideshow but with just over 17 months to go before the 2006 World Cup in Germany there is barely a hint of trouble on the organizational front.

A mammoth 1.5-billion-euro ($2.04-billion) stadium building program is on schedule, tickets are about to go on sale and the tournament mascot -- a huge puppet lion with a sidekick talking football -- is already busy on the PR work.

It should come as no great surprise that Germany is taking care of business. The big news is that the hosts might just be building a team capable of challenging for victory.

Juergen Klinsmann's appointment as coach in July last year, once seen as a desperate throw of the dice from a divided German Football Association, looks an ever more shrewd choice.

"Germans are starting to believe in their national team again," German FA joint president Theo Zwanziger said this week. "That's an essential element for a great World Cup."

It is four-and-a-half years since Germany beat South Africa in a bitter run-off to stage the competition and there was controversy from the start.

Germany won the vote when New Zealand delegate Charles Dempsey acted against government instructions and abstained.

There followed angry protests, calls for a re-vote and huge embarrassment when it emerged that a German magazine had sent hoax letters offering bribes to FIFA delegates.

TELEVISION DEALS

Another row broke out with reports that Bayern Munich had agreed to play friendlies around the world, with lucrative television deals for their hosts, as part of Germany's campaign.

Franz Beckenbauer, the former Bayern president who had spearheaded the German bid, denied any wrongdoing but later threatened to resign as organising committee president over a plan to raise the number of teams at the tournament to 36.

Beckenbauer, Germany's footballing icon after leading the country to World Cup glory as a player in 1974 and as coach in 1990, also accused FIFA of being too interested in making money on tickets, hotel rooms and VIP packages.

Last year, Beckenbauer conceded that the country's image had been damaged when a criminal investigation was launched into the contract award for the stadium that will host the tournament's opening game in Munich on June 9 2006.

On the domestic front, Germany's Football Association had to split its presidency to settle a long-running power struggle and Klinsmann was soon ruffling feathers.

The coach won his trial of strength with the FA over Germany's tournament base -- it will be Berlin rather than Leverkusen -- but was forced to accept that the hosts should play the tournament's inaugural match.

But throughout the storm, the important business has been taken care off. All the stadiums are scheduled for completion by mid-2005, when Brazil and Argentina will be among the participants at the Confederations Cup.

"We're on schedule," organising committee vice-president Wolfgang Niersbach said. "I can promise there won't be any headaches or headlines saying: 'Will they be finished on time?"'

VOLUNTEEER PROGRAM

Organizers could also be satisfied that lesser problems were solved quickly and painlessly.

The "battle of the beer" was amicably resolved when the American company holding the stadium beverage rights agreed that a German brew could also be sold to fans.

In December, the FA won a court victory against ticket touts and organizers announced this week that more than 25,000 people had signed up to a volunteer program, surpassing the target by 10,000.

Perhaps the most significant success has come in the form of Klinsmann, who became coach after a frantic search in the wake of Germany's dismal first-round exit at Euro 2004.

Klinsmann has breathed fresh air into a stuffy German set-up, unearthing promising young players, inspiring a more attacking approach and even appointing a team psychologist.

After a successful tour of Asia, there was general surprise when Klinsmann received the full support of Lothar Matthaeus.

"One has to say, 'Congratulations Juergen, you've done everything right,"' said Matthaeus, who played alongside Klinsmann in the 1990 World Cup winning team but had been deeply unimpressed by his appointment.

If Klinsmann can win praise from one of his sharpest critics, anything is possible for 2006.

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Fans limited to 28 tickets each in early World Cup sales



HAMBURG, Germany, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Fans will be able to apply for a maximum 28 World Cup 2006 tickets, up to four tickets for up to seven games, when the first batch go on sale next month.

A total of 850,000 tickets will be up for grabs in the first phase from February 1, organising committee vice-president Horst R. Schmidt told local media at a soccer technology conference in Hamburg on Tuesday.

Organisers will provide full details of the sales process on Monday.

Altogether around three million tickets will be available for the month-long tournament, generating an expected 200 million euros ($261 million).

Prices start at 35 euros ($45) for the lowest category seats at opening-round matches and go up to 600 euros ($784) for the most expensive seats at the final.

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World Cup tickets to go on sale Feb. 1


January 18, 2005

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) -- Tickets for the 2006 World Cup go on sale online Feb. 1, with 850,000 of the 3.2 million seats available in the first stage.

Each fan will be able to order up to four tickets for seven games each. Applications will be processed by lottery after the first two months of sales. Tickets for the 64 games also will be offered when World Cup qualifications end this year and after the final draw.

``There are going to be significantly more applications than tickets available,'' Theo Zwanziger, president of the German soccer federation, said Tuesday.

In all, 3.2 million seats will be available for the soccer showcase, but tickets must be set aside for sponsors, media, soccer federations and other official partners. The total number of tickets allocated strictly to fans was not immediately clear.

Organizers expect about $260 million from ticket sales. Prices range from $45.50 to $780.

The tournament begins June 9, 2006, in Munich and ends a month later in Berlin.

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World Cup fans await ticket sales details on Monday

By Kevin Fylan

FRANKFURT, Jan 23 (Reuters) -

Monday will be a red letter day for football fans across the globe as organisers release full details of ticket sales procedures for the World Cup in Germany next year.

The first batch of tickets will go on sale at www.FIFAworldcup.com from February 1 and fans will discover on Monday exact details of how they can apply.

Germany's 1.5 billion euro ($1.95 billion) stadium-building programme is running to schedule, with all venues completed or scheduled for completion before the start of the 2005-06 season, and organisers see ticket sales as their biggest remaining challenge.

"If the number of times I've been asked for tickets is anything to go by we can expect demand to be far greater than supply," organising committee president Franz Beckenbauer said recently.

Organisers are seeking to forestall internet chaos on February 1 by dealing with ticket applications in a lottery at the end of the first sales period, rather than on a first come, first served basis.

The theoretical total of seats for the tournament is put at 3.2 million but that figure will be reduced considerably after subtracting quotas for media, sponsors and VIPs.

The exact number of tickets that will be available should be revealed on Monday.

Ticket prices have already been settled. They start at 35 euros ($45.47) for the lowest category seats at the group matches and go up to 600 euros ($779.5) for the most expensive seats at the final.

Organisers have also let slip that fans will be limited to a maximum of 28 tickets -- up to four tickets for a maximum of seven games -- when the sales window opens at the start of next month.

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One-third of World Cup tickets to public


January 24, 2005


FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Only about one-third of the seats for the 2006 World Cup will be available to the public.

The seating capacity for the 64 games is 3.37 million, but about 440,000 tickets are reserved for honorary guests and media.

Organizers said Monday about 2.93 million tickets would be available for sale. But this would be reduced by the needs of sponsors, 205 soccer federations that are members of soccer's world governing body and others.

The actual number of tickets available to the public will be limited to about 1.1 million.

The first phase of sales, which begins Feb. 1 and mostly online, will offer 812,000 tickets. Each person will be able to order a maximum of 28 tickets -- up to four for seven games.

The first phase ends March 31. Tickets will be distributed through a lottery system. More selling phases will follow -- Dec. 1, 2005 to Jan. 15, 2006, Feb. 1, 2006 to April 15, 2006 and May 1, 2006 to July 9, 2006.

Tickets range from $46 to $784.

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La Volpe breathes sigh of relief


MEXICO CITY, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Mexico's World Cup qualifying win away to Costa Rica has lifted the pressure on coach Ricardo La Volpe, who described the result as magnificent.
'The result wasn't just fair, it was magnificent,' the Notimex news agency quoted La Volpe as saying after Mexico kicked off the final stage of the CONCACAF qualifiers with a 2-1 win on the Saprissa stadium's artificial pitch.


'The best team was Mexico,' added the gruff former Argentina goalkeeper. 'My team played well and I congratulate all the boys.'

La Volpe has often found himself under fire in his two-and-a-half years in the job, mainly due to his team's lacklustre performances in friendlies where he has fielded experimental line-ups.

He has become so exasperated by the criticism that he has threatened to resign on at least four occasions in the last year.

La Volpe has also had to live in the shadow of his bitter personal rival Hugo Sanchez, the former Real Madrid and Mexico striker who coaches UNAM/Pumas and has made it clear he wants the national job for himself.

The verbal attacks increased after the Pumas won their second consecutive Mexican title in December, when Sanchez predicted that he would replace La Volpe once Mexico had qualified.

But, as La Volpe has pointed out in the past, his record in official competition has been more impressive.

Mexico won the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which they co-hosted with the United States, and beat Argentina on the way to reaching the quarter-finals of last year's Copa America in Peru.

They have made good progress in the marathon CONCACAF qualifiers, winning all nine matches so far and scoring 47 goals.

The Mexican media had predicted a difficult match on Wednesday, pointing out that their team had not won in Costa Rica for more than 40 years.

But La Volpe, who is determined for Mexico to qualify with matches to spare, boldly fielded an attacking line-up and was rewarded when midfielder Jaime Lozano scored twice in the first nine minutes.

'The boys were plugged in and forgot all that stuff about history because the present is the present and the past in the past,' he said.

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Dortmund's Westfalen Stadium not in danger for World Cup

February 19, 2005

DORTMUND, Germany (AFP) - Financially-troubled Borussia Dortmund are confident of coming up with the necessary funds to ensure their Westfalen Stadium is ready in time for the 2006 World Cup.

Six-time German champions Dortmund reported a loss of 27.2 million euros (35 million dollars) for the first half of the business year and admitted the club's future was on the line with debts estimated to reach 134.7 million euros (175.3 million dollars) by mid-2006.

The Westfalen Stadium, one of the 12 World Cup venues, needs to implement a costly electronical entrance system and put in more seats within the next 18 months, but the mayor of Dortmund, Gerhard Langemeyer, claimed there was no cause for concern.

"I have no doubt that the necessary funds required will be found," Langemeyer told the Westfalische Rundschau.

Dortmund's Westfalen Stadium is the biggest stadium in Germany holding over 80,000 spectators and will host six World Cup games between June 9 and July 9 2006.

But it was not all good news for Dortmund on Saturday with second division club Eintracht Frankfurt considering legal action if Borussia are found guilty of putting forward false figures to obtain a license from the German Football League (DFL) last season.

Frankfurt finished third from bottom of the Bundesliga last season, ensuring their relegation from the top-flight, but could have remained in the Bundesliga if Dortmund had their license revoked.

"If it is confirmed that Dortmund put foward false figures we will look into seeking compensation," said Eintracht chairman Heribert Bruchhagen in Bild daily.

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Ticket orders break two million barrier

25 February 2005

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The number of tickets ordered for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ has burst through the two million barrier and continues inexorably upwards. By the morning of Thursday 24 February 2005, the Organising Committee had received exactly 319,874 applications requesting a total of 2,198,462 match tickets.
The applications originate from 176 different countries, with 96 percent from Europe and 85 percent from Germany. "Some matches are overbooked, the Final in particular. But we still have tickets for many of the group matches so there's a good chance of success," declared OC senior vice-president responsible for ticketing Horst R. Schmidt. "We're delighted with the response, and just as delighted at the complete absence of technical problems."

Some 812,000 tickets are on offer in the first sales period until 31 March 2005. The lucky recipients of FIFA World Cup tickets will be chosen in a match-by-match random ballot on 15 April 2005. The draw procedure must be completed before ascertaining ticket quotas and a start date for the anticipated second sales period.

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World Cup tickets five times oversubscribed

By Matthias Sobolewski

BERLIN, March 17 (Reuters) - Ticket orders for the 2006 World Cup in Germany will be five times oversubscribed in the first sales window that ends on March 31, the organising committee has said.

The number of ticket orders will reach the four million mark by March 31 with only 812,000 tickets up for grabs in the first of five windows which opened on February 1.


"That means only about every fifth ticket order can be filled," Wolfgang Niersbach, vice president of Germany's organising committee, told a group of Berlin journalists.

Applications received by March 31 will go into a draw on April 15, with the order in which they are made making no difference.

Niersbach said about 85 percent of the tickets ordered had come from people inside Germany, hosts of the 32-team tournament that runs from June 9 to July 9, 2006.

"The fears that most of the tickets would go to foreigners is without foundation," Niersbach said.

Applications have come in from over 100 countries around the world including Burkina Faso and Macao.

However, some fan groups abroad have complained that those without a German bank account or a credit card from a company sponsoring the tournament suffer more inconvenience as they have to use bank transfers.

Fans can apply for a maximum of 28 higher-priced tickets -- up to four tickets per match for up to seven matches. For the cheapest category tickets, fans can apply for a maximum of two tickets for up to three matches.

Organisers are promising a further 300,000 tickets for fans in subsequent sales up to January 2006.

Only about a third of the 2.93 million tickets will be guaranteed for public sale with national associations and sponsors among others offered the rest of the seats and any unused tickets going back on public sale.

Niersbach warned that despite the high demand for tickets it was possible there would be empty seats at some matches.

"It can't be ruled out that some seats will be empty in the stadiums because sponsors may have more tickets than they actually use," he said. "We can only react to that if we know in advance about tickets that won't be used."

To prevent large areas of empty seats, as happened in South Korea and Japan four years ago, "reserve spectator contigents" could be allowed in shortly before kick offs, he added.

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Over 10 Million World Cup Tickets Sought :sweeteye:

BERLIN (Reuters) - Over a million fans from around the world have applied for more than 10 million tickets for the 2006 World Cup, 12 times the number available, after a last-minute rush concluded the first round of sales.

World Cup organizers made 812,000 tickets available in a two-month sales period that ended Thursday. About half the applications ticket allotment came in the final week and almost a quarter on the last day, organizers said Friday.

"This impressive figure confirms the phenomenal interest from across the globe," FIFA General Secretary Urs Linsi said in a statement.


"The orders came from 195 countries. I cannot remember that a World Cup has excited a comparable interest in such a short time period."

Tickets will be allocated by a lottery starting on April 15. Fans should know by the end of April if they have been successful, although tickets will not be issued until six to eight weeks before the tournament.

Demand has been greatest for the final on July 9, the semi-finals on July 4-5 and the opening game on June 9, likely to feature hosts Germany, the only team guaranteed to have qualified. Almost three quarters of applicants were from Germany.

"Of course the heaviest demand has been for the opening match, the final and the semi-finals, but we are particularly pleased that all the other matches have aroused a similarly large interest, even though the teams are not known," said organizing committee vice-president Horst R. Schmidt.

There were more applications than tickets for all 64 matches in the World Cup finals.

Schmidt also commended the system's smooth running. Over 95 percent of fans applied via the Internet. "On the last day alone two and a half million (applications for) tickets were handled without problems."

Fans had been able to apply for a limited number of tickets to follow a particular team throughout the 32-nation tournament. If the chosen team does not qualify, or goes out of the tournament, refunds will be made.

More team-specific tickets will be available in the next sales round from May 1 to November 15.

A third lottery-based sale will take place from December 1 to January 15, 2006, with any remaining tickets offered from February 1 to April 15 in order of application. Any last-minute sales will take place from May 2006.

Organizers are promising a further 300,000 tickets for fans in these subsequent sales, taking the total to just over 1.1 million tickets guaranteed for public sale out of the 2.93 million available.

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