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Germany picks 12 cities for 2006 World Cup matches

Apr 15, 2002 10:55 AM (EDT)

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Promising high-tech stadiums and friendly service, 2006 World Cup organizers picked 12 cities across Germany to stage games.
The sites announced Monday: Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Hanover, Kaiserslautern, Leipzig, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart. Leipzig is the only site in the former East Germany.

Bremen, Moenchengladbach and Duesseldorf were dropped. Leverkusen was cut last week because its state-of-the-art stadium seats only 22,500. The sport's governing body, FIFA, set a minimum capacity of 40,000.

FIFA, which helped local organizers choose the sites, wants World Cup tournaments played at 8-to-12 stadiums.

"I have to congratulate the Germans," FIFA president Sepp Blatter said. "They've secured an infrastructure that could allow us in 2006 to carry out perhaps the best World Cup ever."

Munich is expected to land the opening game. A 66,000-seat stadium will be built there. Work to build and upgrade stadiums is expected to cost about $1.5 billion.

The preliminary draw for qualifying groups will be in Frankfurt on Dec. 5, 2003, and the final World Cup draw will be Leipzig two years later.

Germany also staged the 1974 World Cup, winning one of its three championships.


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Interesting, is Munich the only stadium being custom built for the WC? Also, will that mean Bayern and/or 1860 relocating to the new stadium?
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