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Blatter Believes Confederations Cup "crucial" to the Success of World Cup

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 22:01
Joseph Blatter

The president of the International Football Federation (FIFA), Joseph Blatter, said Wednesday that the Confederations Cup which starts on Sunday in South Africa is "crucial" to the success of the 2010 World organized by the South African country.

"The time of beginning, not only in terms of organization but also in order to be sure that they (South Africa) can and will fulfill their promises," said Blatter in an interview published on the website of FIFA .

"That is why the Confederations Cup, a year before the big event is crucial," Blatter said, referring to South Africa World 2010.

Convinced that the Confederations Cup will be a very nice competition, "Blatter believes that" South Africa stands ready and committed "to the World 2010 a success.

For the president of FIFA, the new president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, is a strong man "who was" like football "and" understand what the World Cup can bring to his country and the continent as a whole. "

Cup of Confederacones is between 14 and 28 June and brings together the eight-team champions from each continent in addition to Italy, current world champion, and South Africa, the host country in a competition that serves as a dress rehearsal before World Cup Soccer 2010.

The tournament teams will meet other world as Brazil, Spain, Egypt, United States, New Zealand and Iraq. The latter and the South African team staged the first event of the competition on Sunday.

 
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