Visit From Huge Spanish Delegation
On 28 April, the Home of FIFA opened its doors to around 50 Spanish football officials. The party, which consisted of club presidents from the country’s top two divisions, representatives of the autonomous regions’ associations and members of the Spanish football association (RFEF), visited FIFA headquarters at the invitation of President Joseph S. Blatter. The motive for spending the day in sunny Zurich was not just to see the premises of world football’s governing body, as Angel Maria Villar Llona, chairman of the RFEF and Vice-President of FIFA explained: “Above all, the purpose of the visit is to learn about all the work FIFA does. I can assure you that its daily endeavours for the development of football, in the fight against racism and violence and to protect football in general are nothing short of crucial.” With this in mind, Deputy Secretary General Markus Kattner gave a presentation on FIFA’s activities, underlining in particular the exponential growth since 1998 along with the sound financial health of the governing body. The representatives of Spanish football were then treated to a full guided tour of FIFA’s headquarters – which was officially opened in 2007 – before heading back to their Iberian homeland.