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CONMEBOL – December 2008

The President of the Bolivian football association, Carlos Chavez Landivar, has announced that the association’s Centre of Excellence will be inaugurated on 21 November in Cochabamba, which is known as “the city of eternal spring” because of its pleasant and temperate climate. The establishment of such a centre has long been a dream of the Bolivian football association and it is being constructed with funding from FIFA’s Goal development programme. Chavez has announced that FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter will cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony. The new centre will provide training facilities for the various national teams, in particular the youth sides, as well as an ambitious plan to train young players. Cochabamba, home to the football association’s headquarters, is situated at an altitude of 2,570m, has almost 1.5 million inhabitants and, in sporting terms, is neutral territory between arch rivals Santa Cruz and La Paz. The long-standing first-division clubs Jorge Wiistermann and Aurora are both from Cochabamba.
The President of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), Nicofas Leoz, has announced that the South American Football Museum is to open on 30 January 2009. Joseph S. Blatter will again be in attendance, as will various guests of honour, including a number of footballing legends. The 61st CONMEBOL Ordinary Congress is also to be held on the same day. The museum is attached to a state-of-the-art convention centre. The building, to which finishing touches are currently being applied, is located opposite the CONMEBOL headquarters, on an 11-hectare site acquired by South American football’s governing body.
Edgardo Bauza, coach of Liga de Quito, recently crowned winners of the Copa Libertadores, gave a talk to students at the Ecuadorian football association’s (FEF) Technological Institute. Bauza shared his professional experiences as a player and technical director. The first group of football monitors to graduate from the Technological Institute were to be awarded certificates on completion of level one of their studies at the end of September.