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Football:  Video Screens Across Germany Could Show All 2006 World Cup Matches


Fans across host nation Germany will be able to view all 64 matches in next year's World Cup tournament on giant video screens under an agreement announced Thursday.

The Swiss company Infront holds the broadcast rights to the tournament and wanted the outdoor viewing limited to the 12 host cities.

However, Thursday Infront said it would allow noncommercial organizers, such as towns and cities, to set up giant screens to show the games.

World Cup 2006 Organizing Committee head Franz Beckenbauer said that since there are not enough tickets for all fans to attend games, the video screens offer an opportunity to see the competition and enjoy the atmosphere.

More than three million tickets are available for the World Cup but only about one-third of them will be for sale to the public in Germany and abroad. The tournament starts June 9, 2006 in Munich's Allianz Arena.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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