|Marco Villiger - Director of Legal Affairs, FIFA|
Monday, 07 February 2011 14:18
People see FIFA's headlines - the World Cup and so on - but little of the organisation's day to day work. What is the main thing people do not realise FIFA works on and achieves?
What people do not realise is how much FIFA is doing for football, with all the programmes and projects in the field of development, education, health, protection of minors and so on. FIFA is a service provider for football – on all levels. Finally, you should bear in mind that the FIFA World Cup constitutes the budget of FIFA for a 4-year cycle. More than 70% of this budget is invested in the development of football worldwide, either through development programmes or the organization of international competitions. However, these development projects do not guarantee headlines in the newspapers. This is the reality, even if it is sad.
The World Cup is going to some exciting territories - Brazil, Russia, Qatar. There must be a real feeling of enthusiasm at FIFA. Does it affect your role at all what countries host the World Cup, or is it all the same because your role is global?
Yes, there is a lot of enthusiasm. Each host country has its own culture and history, which is also reflected in the relevant World Cups. This makes every World Cup to a unique event. Both Germany and South Africa were examples of fantastic World Cups, but in their way were very different.
What is your favourite part of the job?
To serve football is the best part. It is a privilege for me to be so close to the beautiful game!
What do you find most useful and interesting about the concept of iSportconnect?
It is a unique platform to keep on the ball in various fields. I like it.