POSTED: Friday March 20th 2009

European Football Summit in Copenhagen

33rd UEFA Congress


It’s European football at the highest political level, when the 33rd UEFA Congress takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Among items on the agenda is electing new members for the Executive Committee.

The inhabitants of Danish capital Copenhagen have famous visitors, when the top of the international world of football arrive in Copenhagen next week to participate in the 33rd UEFA congress. More than 350 persons are expected to take part in the European football congress, among those Sepp Blatter, Franz Beckenbauer and Michel Platini. The last time Denmark hosted the UEFA congress was in 1957.

One of the most interesting items on the programme, in Danish eyes at least, is the election of new members for the UEFA and FIFA Executive Committees. The head of the Danish Football Association (DBU), Allan Hansen, is one of 12 candidates running for the available seats in the UEFA Executive Committee.

- “European football has gone through a massive development during the last years, and there is an enormous potential for development, a potential that we in Danish football would like to influence. I experience respect for Danish football from our international colleagues,” says Allan Hansen on DBU’s strategic decision to nominate their chairman for the position in the UEFA.

If Allan Hansen is elected, DBU will be represented in the UEFA Board for the first time since 1964.

Copenhagen greets its vistors

While Allan Hansen is busy preparing his candidacy, the DBU administartion, along with Sport Event Denmark and the Bella Congress Center, where the congress will take place, have had a lot of work on their hands.

“It has been an exiting, fun, and challenging task, which we have been looking forward to for a long time. We are approximately 40 people, volunteers and employees here at DBU, who have worked closely together with the UEFA staff for the past 12 months. And as we have experienced at the large European football matches, UEFA also has great requirements for location, hotel and so on in this case. But I do not doubt, which is also what we hear from UEFA, that they will bevery satisfied with the setup, we have put together,” says Kenneth Reeh, Head of Administration at DBU.

The programme starts on Sunday when the members of the Executive Committee arrive. The rest of the delegates arrives from Monday to Wednesday The programme is mapped out in smallest detail, for example 20 limousines will take the delegates between their hotels and the Congress Center. But DBU has made sure that the delegates will see more of Copenhagen, that what they pass sitting in a car.

”We try to show our guests more of Copenhagen than the hotel room and the Congress Center. We take the Executive Committee and their guests out for lunch and dinner at exciting and attractive locations in Copenhagen. For example are we going to take our visitors to the Copenhagen Opera by boat. Copenhagen has a lot to offer, but sadly the time on our hands is limited,” says Kenneth Reeh.

Politics on the agenda

The delegates will spend the most of their time in Copenhagen inside. On Monday and Tuesday the Executive Committee will meet at the Marriott Hotel to discuss subjects the protection of minor players and economic Fair Play in the European club tournaments. Also the Executive Committee will approve the rules for the new Europa League and the new Womens Champions League.

On Wednesday, March 25th, the UEFA Congress takes place in the Bella Congress Center, where the day will end with the election for the Executive Committee. On Wednesday night Peter Schmeichel, legendary Danish Goalkeeper, and Thomas Eje, popular Danish comedian will co-host the entertainment at the official dinner at Axelborg. The dinner marks the end of three hectic days in Copenhagen.

Read more about the UEFA Congress here:

Danish Year of Sport 2009

In 2009 more than 50 major international sports events are taking place all over Denmark, including the IOC Olympic Session and the Olympic Congress. The World Taekwondo Championships, the UEFA Congress, the World Wrestling Championships and the LEN Congress are also among the many events taking place in Denmark.

Due to the many events the Danish Government has appointed the year 2009 as the Danish Year of Sport. The Year of Sport is part of a national effort to realise a vision of the Danish Government: to place Denmark firmly as one of Europe’s leading hosts of major international sports events and congresses.

View the entire event calendar for 2009 on

For further information about the Danish Year of Sport 2009 and the events during 2009, please contact:

Project Manager for the Danish Year of Sport 2009, Christian Ankerstjerne at +45 3051 0096 or

Communication & Event Manager, Eline Andersen at +45 5122 5385 or

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