Present at the press conference were FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, Chairman of the Organising Committee for the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2014 Mohamed Raouraoua, Director of the Local Organising Committee Essadik Alaoui, Special Adviser to the Local Organising Committee Ahmed Ghaibi and Secretary General of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Karim Aqary.
On the second edition of the Club World Cup to be held in Morocco
I would like to thank everyone involved for the superb organisation of the tournament. Morocco has once again provided excellent infrastructure that will allow the event to run as smoothly as possible. We made one change from last year’s competition, with Rabat, where the stadium has been entirely renovated and will become an important sporting legacy for the country, replacing Agadir as a venue. All the feedback we have received so far has been positive. The teams that have already arrived have been given a first class welcome and are now comfortably installed at their bases. The competition will kick off tomorrow in great style, with a marvellous opening ceremony before the first game.
On the changes from last year
Every effort has been made to ensure that the tournament is perfectly organised, and FIFA has been working hard to achieve this goal. There has been a clear improvement from last year. As FIFA President Blatter said, we hope the second edition of the tournament is even better than the first, and reaches levels of true excellence.
On the change in host city
To organise a successful World Cup you have to keep improving. The organisation of the tournament is directly linked to other sectors, such as the economy and tourism. The Organising Committee and its partners know that football is an important means of promoting Morocco and its tourism industry. The change in venue means that other cities can benefit from the event and the investments in infrastructure that come with it. If possible we would like to host the competition for the next ten years, so that the whole country can benefit. Agadir experienced the remarkable development opportunity that the Club World Cup represents last year, and now it is Rabat’s turn to make the most of this chance to improve its sporting infrastructure.
On the importance of the Club World Cup for Morocco
If last year’s tournament was good, we expect this year's to be perfect. I think it’s great that Morocco would like to host the next ten editions of the Club World Cup. This shows how an event like this can create an important legacy for a city and a country. Now it is important that Morocco makes the most of this opportunity and has all the necessary tools to develop football in the country, and make the sport here even stronger.