De Klerk At The Home Of FIFA
On Monday, 21 January 2008, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke
had the pleasure of welcoming the former President of the Republic of South Africa, Frederik Willem de
Klerk, and his wife to FIFA headquarters in Zurich. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed as President Blatter and de Klerk discussed the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa and the current political situation in the host country.
“This is a great occasion for us. We are very happy to welcome you here as our guest,” the FIFA President told the former South African head of state. De Klerk, who was President of the Republic of South Africa between 1989 and 1994 and who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela in 1993, was full of confidence about the World Cup: “The 2010 World Cup is helping our socio-cultural development. I am very optimistic because everyone in South Africa wants the World Cup to be a success.”
The social aspect of football was another point on the agenda. “You are doing magnificent work all over the world,” de Klerk said in praise of FIFA’s social programmes. “We want to help,” President Blatter replied. “Football means hope and brings the peoples of the world together.”