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Harmon rub shoulders with Brazilian stars

Football stars Bebeto, Cafu and Ronaldo have been part of the national Brazilian team and have won three out of five world cup titles for their country.
Harmon along with OFC President David Chung and General Secretary Tai Nicholas attended the event, which ran for a little over an hour, set the perfect tone for the 2013 Festival of Champions, a tournament that will give the world’s best the chance to exhibit their skills on the very same stage that will host the FIFA World Cup™, the greatest footballing show on Earth, one year later.
“It was an honour and I was humbled to have met two outstanding football stars, Cafu and Ronaldo,” says Harmon. “Both players have been influential footballers for their country”.
In 2010 Harmon also had the opportunity to meet David Beckham former national player for England while he attended the FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa with CIFA board members Moeroa Tamangaro, John Paul Wilson and Jake Numanga.
The countdown to the ninth FIFA Confederations Cup, one of the most keenly awaited in recent times, began in earnest on Saturday, when the Draw for the competition was held at the Anhembi Convention Centre in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Presented by FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, the Draw ceremony revealed who will face who in the group phase of the Festival of Champions, which takes place in Brazil on 15-30 June 2013.
The hosts have won the competition on three occasions, more than any other team, including the last two editions.
Every tournament has to have a fairytale and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup will be no different, due to the historic qualification of Tahiti. The Pacific Island nation emerged victorious from October’s OFC Nations Cup in the Solomon Islands, breaking the stranglehold of Australia and New Zealand by beating New Caledonia 1-0 in the final. Though they will be massive underdogs, Tahiti can now look forward to testing their skills against the cream of world football.
The build-up to the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 began in earnest on Saturday, when the draw for the group phase took place in Sao Paulo. Hosts Brazil line up in Group A with Japan, Mexico and Italy, while Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti will be joined in Group B by the champions of Africa, whose identity will be revealed after next February’s CAF Africa Cup of Nations final.

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