Sunday, July 08, 2007

Zidane inspects Fustal promotion in Jakarta street

French football star Zinedine Zidane, who is completing a three-day visit in Indonesia sponsored by French food giant Danone, met Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso before joining the Governor and Indonesian ex-national player Roni Patinasarani in an open car to inspect 200 futsal fields erected on the capital city's 6.8 kilometre main thoroughfare, early Sunday morning. "Zidane's visit will increase confidence that Indonesia is safe to visit," Sutiyoso said.

In jeans and a polo shirt, Zinedane took part in a three-minute match of 'futsal' on a stretch of street playing with local celebrities and government officials. Hundreds of people crowded around the venue, apparantly Indonesia's only pre-Asian Cup publicity event, cheering Zidane using his nickname, Zizou. Taufik Yudi, Head of Sports and Youth of Jakarta Province, said the promotion hoped to break the national record for the most number of “futsal” games, FIFA's official indoor football game, held at the one time.

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