FIFA 66th Congress Opens In Mexico amidst funfare

FIFA 66th Congress Opens In Mexico amidst funfare

The 66th FIFA Congress has opened in Mexico City amidst funfare.

Photo: President Gianni Infantino welcomes Luis Figo of the FIFA Legends at the Opening Ceremony for the 66th FIFA Congress – gettyimages

It opened with a celebration of Mexican football with traditional Mexican dancers performing during the ceremony.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino welcomed a host of legends at the opening ceremony.

Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional hosted the event on Thursday 12 May.

Six different show acts progressed from the origins of the Mayan ball game through the history of Mexican football to the present day.

FIFA Football Legends were also presented on stage to the Member Associations and distinguished guests.

It was followed with their match against a Mexican all-star team at the Azteca Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Ronaldinho of battles for the ball with Juan de Dios Ramirez Perales of MexicanAllstars during an exhibition match between FIFA Legends and MexicanAllstars to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Azteca stadium ahead of the 66th Congress at Azteca stadium on May 11, 2016 in Mexico City. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - via Getty Images)

Ronaldinho of battles for the ball with Juan de Dios Ramirez Perales of MexicanAllstars during an exhibition match between FIFA Legends and MexicanAllstars to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Azteca stadium ahead of the 66th Congress at Azteca stadium on May 11, 2016 in Mexico City. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein – via Getty Images)

 

Both teams pose for a photo ahead of an exhibition match between FIFA Legends and Mexican Allstars to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Azteca stadium ahaed of the 66th Congress at Azteca stadium on May 11, 2016 in Mexico City. (Photo by Mike Hewitt - via Getty Images)

Both teams pose for a photo ahead of an exhibition match between FIFA Legends and Mexican Allstars to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Azteca stadium ahaed of the 66th Congress at Azteca stadium on May 11, 2016 in Mexico City. (Photo by Mike Hewitt – via Getty Images)

The Football Legends is an initiative being introduced as part of a new approach by FIFA to better engage with stakeholders.

Full details about the programme are set to be revealed today, when the FIFA Congress will move to the Centro Banamex.

The annual Congress is the top decision-making body of global football, where all of FIFA’s Member Associations meet to agree on the best way forward for the game.

The 66th Congress – the first one to be presided over by Gianni Infantino – will be streamed live on fifa.com from 9:10am local time on Friday.

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Both teams pose for a photo ahead of an exhibition match between FIFA Legends and Mexican Allstars to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Azteca stadium ahaed of the 66th Congress at Azteca stadium on May 11, 2016 in Mexico City. (Photo by Mike Hewitt - via Getty Images) Ronaldinho of battles for the ball with Juan de Dios Ramirez Perales of MexicanAllstars during an exhibition match between FIFA Legends and MexicanAllstars to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Azteca stadium ahead of the 66th Congress at Azteca stadium on May 11, 2016 in Mexico City. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - via Getty Images) Photo: Gianni Infantino welcomes Luis Figo of the Legends at the Opening Ceremony for the 66th Congress