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World Cup Committee's Beckenbauer arrives in Iran

Tehran, Oct 2, IRNA-The head of the FIFA 2006 World Cup Organizing Committee, Franz Beckenbauer, arrived in Tehran today on the start of a `Welcome Tour'.

He was greeted upon his arrival at Mehrabad International Airport by the head of the Iran Football Federation, Mohammad Dadkan.

Beckenbauer and his accompanying German delegation will confer with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki at Azadi Hotel. The German football delegation is to take part in a press conference later this afternoon.

Beckenbauer and Iran's coach Ivankovic

Beckenbauer, who heads the Frankfurt-based World Cup Organizing Committee, opened his four-nation 2006 FIFA World Cup `Welcome Tour' with a visit to Iran followed by Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Japan.

He and his delegation will leave Tehran later today and head for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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