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Full steam ahead for 2008 finals

Published: Saturday 2 July 2005, 0.41CET
Organisers have expressed satisfaction with the state of preparations for UEFA EURO 2008™.
Published: Saturday 2 July 2005, 0.41CET

Full steam ahead for 2008 finals

Organisers have expressed satisfaction with the state of preparations for UEFA EURO 2008™.
UEFA EURO 2008™ organisers have expressed satisfaction with the state of preparations for the tournament in Austria and Switzerland in three summers' time.

Packed board agenda
The UEFA Euro 2008 SA administration board, chaired by Swiss Football Association (SFV/ASF) president Ralph Zloczower, dealt with a packed agenda at its meeting at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon today, and heard that the initial organisational phase for the tournament is almost at an end.

UEFA Euro 2008 SA board
The UEFA Euro 2008 SA company has been set up to implement the organisation of the 2008 final round. Members of the Euro 2008 SA board are Swiss Football Association (SFV/ASF) president Ralph Zloczower, who will be the board's president until the end of 2006; Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) president Friedrich Stickler, who will take over the board's presidency from 2007-08; Swiss FA and Austrian FA general secretaries Peter Gilliéron and Alfred Ludwig; UEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson; UEFA deputy CEO Markus Studer; UEFA honorary treasurer and executive committee member Mathieu Sprengers; UEFA national teams committee chairman Lars-Åke Lagrell; and UEFA's director of professional football Giorgio Marchetti.

More progress than ever
"We have made more progress than ever before at this stage, with more than 1,000 days to go before the finals," said Mr Olsson after the meeting. "The first organisational phase is as good as complete," Mr Zloczower added. "Our co-operation is going smoothly. We are even ahead of schedule."

Official logo
"Now that UEFA EURO 2008™ has an official logo, public awareness of this event is beginning to increase," said Mr Stickler. The logo for the event was launched at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna earlier this month. Click here to view the logo.
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Budget operation
A total of 29 full-time UEFA Euro 2008 SA staff have been recruited so far. This figure is expected to rise to 50 by the end of 2005, and 400 by 2008.

June 2008 date
EURO 2008™ - the 13th UEFA European Championship final tournament - will be held between 7 and 29 June 2008, culminating in the final at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna, Austria. Sixteen teams, including the Austrian and Swiss hosts, will take part in the event.

Eight venues
Eight venues will stage the games:
Innsbruck (Tivoli-NEU, 30,000 capacity, three group matches);
Klagenfurt (Wörthersee-Stadion, 30,000, three group matches);
Salzburg (Stadion Wals-Siezenheim, 30,000, three group matches);
Vienna (Ernst-Happel-Stadion, 50,000, seven matches, including one semi-final and the final).
Basel (St. Jakob-Park, 42,500, six matches, including the opening match and one semi-final);
Berne (Stade de Suisse Wankdorf, 30,000, three group matches);
Geneva (Stade de Genève, 30,000, three group matches);
Zürich (Letzigrund Stadion, 30,000, three group matches).

Qualifying competition
The qualifying competition for the final round is due to start in autumn 2006, with the qualifying competition draw scheduled to take place at the Convention Centre in Montreux (Switzerland) on 27 January 2006. The final-round draw is due to be held in Switzerland in December 2007. Ticket sales will not commence before October 2006.

Website news
An in-depth UEFA EURO 2008™ section will be added to the website this summer. Its approximately 150 pages will contain a wealth of information, statistics and timetables. The site will become the basis for the qualification round which starts in 2006.

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