Farewell from FIFA TV and HBS
“Our sincerest thanks to South Africa for a truly great organisation and hospitality,” continues Niclas. “This historic FIFA World Cup™ may be leaving Africa’s shores come the final whistle, but it will be remembered fondly for many generations to come.”
“The success of the event has largely been down to the culmination of four years’ close cooperation between FIFA, HBS and the LOC,” adds Francis Tellier, CEO of HBS. “We are particularly proud of the ‘best-ever’ footage and the various innovations implemented for the event. The quality of the services delivered to broadcasters has been almost flawless, the additional non-match related content has been used extensively by broadcasters and the 3D production, produced by HBS on behalf of FIFA and Sony, has proved a huge success, which we are particularly proud of.”
“The feedback received from the FIFA family regarding the coverage has been very positive,” adds Niclas, “both regarding the multilateral coverage produced and the MRLs’ own broadcasts.” “Enjoy what will surely be a great Final tonight,” concludes Niclas, “and for those travelling – have a safe trip back home.” The start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ is some 1,432 days away.
As one adventure ends for South Africa another begins for Brazil, with the South American country starting the journey towards hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. One of the first steps in the build-up to the 20th FIFA World Cup™ was the unveiling of the official tournament logo at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 8 July.
Named ‘Inspiration’, the graphic was designed by Brazilian agency Africa and depicts three hands forming the iconic shape of the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy while the yellow and green colours symbolise the flag of Brazil.
The South American nation will be hosting the FIFA World Cup™ for a second time – the last occasion being in 1950 – meaning that they join Mexico and France as two-time hosts. It also means that, for the first time, the FIFA World Cup™ will be held in the southern hemisphere for two consecutive events. In total 12 cities will be used during the competition – Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio De Janeiro, Salvador and Sao Paulo.