Germany seeks 15,000 volunteers for World Cup

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18 October 2004, MUNICH - Germany is seeking 15,000 volunteers to help it host football's World Cup in 2006, the organisers said Monday.

18 October 2004

MUNICH - Germany is seeking 15,000 volunteers to help it host football's World Cup in 2006, the organisers said Monday.

At least 1,000 volunteers will be working at each of the 12 World Cup venues to welcome and help visitors to the event, tournament organising committee chief Franz Beckenbauer said.

With more than a million people expected to visit Germany for the tournament, the volunteers are seen as a crucial part of making the event a success.

"We need drivers who know their cities like a navigation system, we are looking for fluent World Cup ambassadors who know their road atlas off by heart, we need media helpers who practically know what a journalist needs better than the journalist," Beckenbauer said in an organising committee press statement.

Volunteers will be needed to assist the 32 teams, to help VIP visitors, and work in accreditation and press centres.

Candidates must be at least 18, have a good knowledge of German and in most cases be able to speak English.

The search for volunteers is being held over three phases: from October to December, from June to September 2005 and in January and February of 2006.

Volunteers are also being sought for the Confederations Cup being hosted by Germany from 15-29 June 2005.

Applications can be made via internet. A special volunteer section with all information and an application form can be found on the official homepage of world governing body FIFA (www.FIFAworldcup.com).

DPA

Subject: German news

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