Football's new shrine
amid waves of scandal, a project team at FIFA stayed focused on its mission to open a new museum
FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich, Switzerland
FIFA has been roiled by criminal indictments and resignations during the last 12 months. But controversy at the international football governing body didn't distract the project team tasked with completing the new FIFA World Football Museum on time. Designed to showcase the history of football, FIFA and the World Cup, the museum opened in Zurich, Switzerland just two days after a February election to replace FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who was banned from the sport in December.
“We couldn't ignore the turbulence, it was not easy.”
—Stefan Jost, managing director, FIFA World Football Museum, to Agence France-Presse
FIFA World Football Museum
EYES ON THE PRIZE:
The museum's crown jewel is the FIFA Ballon d‘Or, an annual award for the world's best male football player.
An interactive game in the museum. Right top, a timeline of tournaments. Below, the museum's cinema.
Construction began on the 3,000-square-meter (32,292-square-foot) museum in 2014 with the support of Mr. Blatter. After he announced his resignation in 2015, the project team kept moving forward—albeit with a low profile and new challenges. Recruiting staff for the museum became more difficult as the opening date neared. “[W]e had to focus on our mission, to build a museum and a team,” museum managing director Stefan Jost said.
That focus paid off with an on-schedule project completion. Visitors can experience interactive and multimedia exhibits alongside more than 1,000 football objects. The three-story facility also includes a sports bar, restaurant, apartments and conference facilities. —Kelsey O‘Connor
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