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FIFA to open museum in 2015

25 April 2013, 16:14

Zurich - World football's governing body FIFA said on Thursday that they expected their football museum to be opened early 2015.

In a statement the organisation said that the museum would no longer be housed in a building on FIFA grounds, but in the "Haus zur Enge" in Zurich-Enge.

FIFA president Joseph Blatter symbolically started the construction work on Thursday and launched the project. "You see a very happy President standing before you in this building today. It may still be a building site, but soon this will be a true meeting place for football and its millions of fans from all over the world," he said.

"Today is a great day for me personally and for FIFA. I am delighted that we are going ahead with this project." He also stressed that the plans represent yet more evidence of FIFA's commitment to Zurich.

The football museum and exhibition areas will occupy the second basement level through to the first floor of the building, FIFA said.

"The plans for the museum include a Hall of Fame, 3D displays and interactive games as well as a collection of trophies and shirts to captivate fans from all over the world.

"Various exhibitions will focus in a particular way on FIFA's social responsibility programmes, as well as on the promotion and development of football, fair play and the Football for Hope programme.

"The museum will not only be a place to store and display memorabilia, but also a vibrant meeting place and discussion forum for all members of the football family, including fans, clubs, associations, friends and suppliers, partners and sponsors.

"Furthermore, events such as award ceremonies, autograph sessions, media conferences and readings will also be held in a special event area," the statement said. 



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