The President of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Dr. Joao Havelange, has revealed?
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Background: The President of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Dr. Joao Havelange, has revealed a five million dollar (DBP 2.8 million sterling) programme for the development of association football throughout the world.
The announcement was made simultaneously in London and New York on Thursday (13 May). The programme will be sponsored by the Coca Cola Company and is the first if its kind between a world-wide business organisation and an international sports governing body.
Speaking in London, Dr. Havelange said that the first three million dollars (DBP 1.7 million sterling) will go directly to FIFA for the implementation of two programmes.
The first is a "mini World Cup" to be held every two years. In the form of a world youth tournament, it will give Third World countries a greater chance to participate in international football. The first competition will be held in Tunisia in 1977, with six European, three South American, two Central American and Caribbean, two Asian, two African and the host nation taking part.
The second venture is a development programme extending over three years and benefiting close to 100 countries.
Dr. Havelange, a Brazilian, has been President of FIFA for two years, during which time he has completed a massive world tour, bringing together all football authorities, including China.
He is also a staunch supporter of the 1978 World Cup being held in Argentina - despite the country's current serious economic and political problems.