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Unique autograph book auctioned for 6 villages for 2006

Unique World Cup autograph book up for auction
Unique World Cup autograph book up for auction

In a first for the FIFA World Cup, an exclusive autograph book, containing the original signatures of all 736 players and head coaches of the 32 finalist teams, is currently being auctioned online, with proceeds going to the tournament's official charity campaign "6 villages for 2006".

"This is without doubt the most precious fan book of all time. We have to thank all of the players and coaches, and not least the local organising committee, sincerely for their support. This is a true sign of fair play and solidarity. I hope that the final bid will reflect the goodwill value of this unique memento," announced FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

Signatures from the German World Cup squad

The 32 pages of some of the most sought after autographs, including Ronaldinho, Beckham, Totti, Riquelme, Drogba, Shevchenko, Scolari, and Essien, will be bound in leather for the winning bidder. Proceeds from the auction will go towards the building of six new SOS Children's Villages in Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Ukraine and Vietnam.

"Players see all kinds of hardship during their travels around the world. But it is children who suffer the most. The most precious gift we can give to these children is a home and a good education. SOS Children's Villages do wonderful work for such children," declared LOC Chairman Franz Beckenbauer, who officially presented the unique collectors' item at half-time during the World Cup match between Sweden and Paraguay (1-0).

Bids can be made online until 10:59pm (BST) on Friday 14 July 2006.