World Cup attracts 25,000 volunteer hopefuls
Over 25,000 signed as volunteers for the 2006 World Cup before a December 31 deadline, organisers said on Wednesday.
Applications came from around the world, including Canada, Argentina and Brazil, and included people with experience from the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan and even from 1974, when Germany last hosted the event.
Organisers were seeking volunteers before and during the World Cup, which runs from June 9 to July 9, to look after the 32 teams, VIPs and media and to help out with transport, marketing and telecoms.
Organisers are also looking for around 2,000 volunteers for the Confederations Cup in Germany in June.