Fiftieth birthday stamp for UEFA

UEFA's roots in Switzerland for the majority of the past 50 years have been commemorated with the unveiling of a special Swiss postage stamp to mark the European football body's Golden Jubilee.

The stamp was handed over to UEFA CEO Lars-Christer Olsson by Dominique Freymond, member of the board of directors of Swiss Post, at a ceremony at UEFA's House of European Football in Nyon, western Switzerland on Tuesday.

The designer of the stamp, Wolf Henkel, and Switzerland's national Under-21 coach Bernard Challendes were also present at the ceremony. A similar event also took place at the Fraumunster post office in Zurich, where Swiss Post presented world football's governing body FIFA with a stamp marking FIFA's 100th birthday this year.

The FIFA and UEFA stamps are available in all of Switzerland's many post offices from today, as well as at philatelic sales points.

UEFA was founded in the Swiss city of Basel in June 1954. The body has been based in Switzerland since the start of the 1960s, after moving from its original home in Paris. UEFA's first Swiss home was the federal capital Berne, where it stayed until 1995 when it switched to Nyon, on the banks of Lake Geneva. A spell in temporary premises in the town was followed by the body's move to its own headquarters, the House of European Football, in autumn 1999.

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