With FIFA deciding who will host the 2022 World Cup, Australia and Qatar are both seeking to bring the tournament to their home continent for the first time, while Japan and South Korea are hoping to repeat alone what they achieved together in 2002.
England has unveiled a number of influential supporters as the countdown to find out who will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup draws to a close. Footballers naturally dominate the list, with Sir Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Andy Cole and John Barnes set to join a 30-man party led by Football Association president Prince William.
Officials from the Korea 2022 FIFA World Cup bid have claimed the violence presently sweeping the region will have no impact on its campaign. North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at Yeonpyeong, a South Korean island adjacent to its coast, yesterday.
While an element of chicanery can be expected in any contest with a prize as lucrative as the FIFA World Cup, the bidding process to host the 2018 competition has fallen to new depths of duplicity, subterfuge and deception.
FIFA has banned executive committee members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii for a total of four years following an investigation into corruption. Adamu was banned from all football-related activity for three years following allegations of corruption regarding the sale of World Cup votes made in the Sunday Times.
Bids to host the 2018 World Cup from England, Russia and current favourites Spain/Portugal have all been graded “low-risk” by FIFA. Only outsider Belgium/Netherlands has been graded as “medium-risk” by the world football governing body. However, problems were identified will all four bids.
Leaders of the England 2018 World Cup bid have written to FIFA in an attempt to distance themselves from corruption allegations made in the British media. A letter signed by bid chairman Geoff Thompson and international president David Dein was delivered to FIFA, as bid leaders seek to ensure the decision on who will host the competition is based solely on merit.
FIFA had announced the vote to decide who will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be taken on December 2nd as originally planned. There had been speculation the vote may be delayed following the suspension of two executive members following allegations of vote rigging.
Officials from the Russian bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup have escalated the war of words with England. The head of the Russian FA Viacheslav Koloskov branded England “absolutely primitive” following a complaint from England over comments by Russian bid leader Alexey Sorokin.
England’s 2018 World Cup bid team has lodged an official complaint with FIFA following remarks by the head of the rival Russian bid. Alexei Sorokin highlighted a “high crime rate” in England as well as alluding to problems with youth alcohol consumption in a recent interview.
FIFA has confirmed it will widen its investigation into corruption allegations which have plagued the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Possible collusion between voters will now be examined alongside suggestions Amos Adamu and Tahitian Reynald Temarii attempted to sell their votes.
Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge was today transformed into the world’s greatest picnic spot where 7,500 people enjoyed breakfast with a spectacular harbour view, whilst being suspended 50m above the water.