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Germany preparing for World Cup 2006

By Christian Eberle

World Cup 2002 in Japan and Korea showed that football has many supporters in Asia. Germany is especially proud to be the organizer of World Cup 2006.

To show the world the best of German football we are already busy preparing for the big event. The DFB, the world's largest football association, established an organization committee on January 1, 2001.

Heading the committee is Franz Beckenbauer, world famous player and coach. 12 stadiums have been selected and construction and renovation is under way.

The modern design of the new stadium in Munich has drawn enormous public attention. German football fans are eager to impress their international guests in 2006 and many campaigns regarding World Cup 2006 are already under way.

To learn more about the latest news around this event please visit www.FIFA worldcup.com. Real fans should watch out for the following dates:

December 5, 2003: Drawing for World Cup qualifying in Frankfurt; February 28, 2004: Start of the qualifiers; December 2004: First entrance tickets will be sold: November 20, 2005: last qualifying game; December 2005: Drawing of the World Cup games with 32 teams; June 9, 2006: Opening game in Munich; July 9, 2006: Final in Berlin.

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