2006 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee

The 2006 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee (German: Organisationkomitee, OK) organized the World Cup in Germany. President of OK was Franz Beckenbauer,[1] who also acted as the official representative and chairman of the German World Cup bid.

First Vice President and Vice President of the World Cup Committee was Horst R. Schmidt, the general secretary of the German Football Association (German: Deutscher Fußball-Bund, DFB). The responsibility of the Executive Vice President of the OK varied and included play and competitive technical matters, stadiums, ticket sales, transportation, safety, regulatory affairs, human resources, finances, planning and control, medical care, administration and secretariat.

Wolfgang Niersbach[2] was the executive vice president and press chief officer of the World Cup committee. Niersbach was responsible for marketing, press and public relations, accreditation, information technology, media and telecommunications, events and the crew's quarters.

Vice-President of the OK was Fedor Radmann until 2003 and then Theo Zwanziger. His responsibilities included the general organization, legal, finances and also personnel decisions leading to the World Cup.

The organizing committee was controlled by the Supervisory Board and the Board of Trustees. On the Supervisory Board were well-known personalities such as Federal Minister of the Interior Wolfgang Schäuble, the former Federal Minister of the Interior Otto Schily, president of the German Football Association Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, Thomas Bach from the International Olympic Committee, Werner Hackmann president of the Deutsche Fußball Liga, and former footballer Günter Netzer as sports rights marketer.

Supervisory BoardEdit

Board of TrusteesEdit


The World Cup committee was supported and advised by the Sports Committee of the German Bundestag. In this way, the Sports Committee had repeated exchanges with the OK, for example, in June 2003, about the opportunities and prospects of touristic marketing of the major football event. Members in the legislature until 2006 were, fifteen deputies of the SPD, CDU / CSU, Alliance '90 / The Greens and the FDP. Chairman of the Sports Committee was Peter Rauen of the CDU, who was also on the Board of OK.

International AmbassadorEdit

One representative and ambassador of the World Cup was the coach of the Germany national football team Jürgen Klinsmann. In which the World and European champions (in 1990 and 1996) qualified him and his international career and knowledge of foreign languages. He played in Italy, France, England and lived in the United States. From those responsible for the national team was also Oliver Bierhoff. He held the position of national team manager and in 1996 was European champion. Bierhoff scored the golden goal that brought Germany the title and was one of the best strikers in the Italian Serie A in the nineties for Udinese Calcio and AC Milan. Another representative of the World Cup was the football functionary Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. FC Bayern Munich's CEO was European Champion in 1980 and was vice president of the Association of the European big clubs "G-14", and also within the UEFA, president of the European Club Forum. Rudi Völler was former captain of the German national team and the predecessor of Jürgen Klinsmann. The former international striker should also represent Germany in the world.

Chief organizer Franz Beckenbauer named more World Cup ambassadors, without exception of former professional football players, who officially accompanied their hometowns and World Cup host cities leading up to the World Cup:


  1. ^ "DFB launches legal proceedings against Beckenbauer, FIFA". Deutsche Welle. 2016-02-05. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  2. ^ Das, Andrew (2016-03-22). "FIFA Opens Ethics Case Against German Soccer Officials Including Beckenbauer". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-06-20.