Continental AG

Slovakia and Mexico are world champions

    Hanover, Germany (ots) -

    - Spirited finals in Continental AG's in-house world football
        championship tournament  

    - Biggest sports event in the history of the company a huge

    Slovakia and Mexico are world champions! The men's team at the Continental plant in Puchov took the title in Continental AG's own world football championship tournament, the ContiTeamCup. Around four weeks before the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ gets underway, the team emerged victorious in a match on Sunday against the team from Portugal. The final score was 1:0. Previous to that match, the women's teams from Mexico and Czech Republic provided spectators thrilling finals action. The team from Mexico carried away the title with a 4:0 victory.

    "As an official partner of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, we wanted to underscore our involvement in this event also within our globally active company. We magnificently succeeded in doing so with the ContiTeamCup. And in the process, we not only treated ourselves to some very exciting matches but - much more importantly - brought players at different plants and from different countries together. With the team spirit exhibited in the ContiTeamCup, our employees breathed life into the motto of the tournament - "Uniting Goals". Last but not least, the ContiTeamCup got us even more revved up for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™," said Continental Executive Board chairman Manfred Wennemer in handing the trophies over to the winning teams.

    In addition to the "cups", the two championship teams also receive admission tickets to the quarter finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ in Berlin's Olympia stadium on June 30, 2006.     The finals in Hanover were the culmination of the biggest sporting event in Continental's corporate history. More than 100 men's teams from 75 plants in 26 countries and 16 women's teams from ten countries took part. Somewhere in the range of 1500 to 2000 employees vied in hundreds of encounters. Thousands of employees - accompanied often by the whole family - showed up to take in the action.

    Nine women's and eight men's teams - involving around 250 employees from Conti plants in 13 countries - qualified for the finals in Hanover. Teams from Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, France, Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, the Czech Republic and Hungary came to Hanover with their fans. Eight employees from the Continental plant in Mechelen, Belgium, even made the trip by bike, a distance of over 450 kilometres.

      The Continental Corporation is a leading supplier of brake
systems, chassis components, vehicle electronics, tires and technical
elastomers. In 2005 the corporation realized sales of EUR13.8
billion. At present it has a worldwide workforce of approximately

Hannes Boekhoff Head of Press Continental AG Vahrenwalder Str. 9 D-30165 Hanover Tel.: +49 511 938-1278 Fax: +49 511 938-1055 Email:

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