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FIFA President Meets Popescu-Tariceanu And Sandu

On the occasion of the group match between Italy and Romania in the UEFA EURO 2008 championship at Zurich’s Letzigrund stadium on 13 June, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter met with Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and federation president Mircea Sandu. The discussions about “6+5″, in which UEFA General Secretary David Taylor also took part, were very positive and were met with great interest. Romania supports the FIFA proposal. The federation is aware of the problems in relation to the development of young players and knows that for the long-term good of the game, national teams must be strengthened. “There has been a good degree of understanding for the proposal and its objectives,” said the FiFA President afterthe meeting. “6+5″ aims to ensure that at the beginning of each match, each club fields at least six players who are eligible to play for the national team of the country of the club. FIFA has no doubt whatsoever that “6+5″ will safeguard not only the harmony and balance between national team football and club football, but also the education and training of young players. FIFA is also of the view that “6+5″ would make club competitions more balanced and therefore more exciting.