CONCACAF's Centre of Excellence named Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in honor of FIFA President

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CONCACAF's Centre of Excellence has been named the Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence in honor of the retiring FIFA President. The announcement was made by the President of CONCACAF, Jack Warner, at the opening ceremony of the sports complex in Trinidad & Tobago.

The Dr. Joao Havelange Center is a comprehensive, state of the art, training and learning facility for use by CONCACAF members. It will have a soccer stadium with 6,000 seats, a full sized practice field, two mini-fields, an indoor field and a 50-bed residence.

Additional facilities include a gymnasium, a sports medicine department, swimming pool, auditorium, library and recreational areas.

CONCACAF President Jack Warner said: "This facility, this dream could not have been possible without Dr. Havelange's involvement -his leadership, his motivation, his technical expertise, his love and understanding. Today, therefore, we have decided to name the facility in his honor. Shortly I intend to ask the Government of Trinidad & Tobago to name the roadway outside, Dr. Joao Havelange Boulevard. This is the least we can do for someone who has served football as he has served, for someone who is leaving CONCACAF much, much better today than it was yesterday."

Dr. Havelange will retire this year from his post of President of FIFA, a position he has held since he was elected at the 39th Congress in Frankfurt in 1974.