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Old May 16th, 2010, 08:21 AM   #21
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South Korea and Japan won't host WC again while we're alive
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Old June 20th, 2010, 03:19 PM   #22
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Australia Drops Out of 2018 World Cup Race

Australia's withdraw from the contest to host the 2018 World Cup to channel efforts into securing the 2022 tournament, FIFA and Football Federation Australia announced in joint statement.

Japan dropped out of the 2018 race last month to concentrate on landing the 2022 tournament after being advised by Blatter that the Asian bid would not be considered for the earlier competition.
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Old August 10th, 2010, 09:08 PM   #23
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FIFA praises Korea's efforts toward world peace





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FIFA delegation for the bid to host the World Cup in 2022 Sunday praised South Korea’s efforts to contribute to the world peace by holding the tournament.

Chief delegate Harold Mayne-Nicholls emphasized the most notable fact he discovered regarding the nation’s effort to host the football gala is based on world peace.

“I confirmed that Seoul’s endeavor is to deliver what today’s world needs most ― 'peace for men,’” the Chilean head said.

The five-member team completed its inspection Sunday, after a four-day visit with focus on related infrastructure and facilities and meetings with relevant authorities including President Lee Myung-bak.

"The delegates examined the preparation process with scrutiny and objectivity,” Chairman Han Sung-joo of the Bid Committee said.

“I believe the FIFA officials have obtained a satisfactory response from us, and hope such information will help in producing a fair and precise proposal,” Han added.

Seoul’s Bid Committee was eager to show the nation’s enthusiasm for the sport at Seoul Plaza by emphasizing its importance as a landmark since the 2002 World Cup co-hosted by South Korea and Japan.

As the delegation took note of the longing of the fans, the inspectors also paid attention to whether Seoul Plaza met the conditions to hold the “Fan Fest.” The term refers to an outdoor stage that is equipped with safety barricades, space to host up to 50,000 spectators, and screen games free of charge.

The delegation headed to the Seoul World Cup Stadium next, the venue that hosted the tournament opener in 2002.

The Chilean committee head examined the condition of the turf, control center, locker rooms, press room, and media facilities, and mentioned that the bid committee would need more seats to be added to meet the requirements of the football governing body. The stadium can hold up to 65,000 spectators, while the FIFA rules require a capacity of over 80,000. The bid committee currently plans to extend the stadium to accommodate 83,500.

The inspectors also visited the National Football Center in Paju, Gyeonggi Province on Friday. The training site equipped with two fine pitches looked satisfactory but reportedly needs to work on maintaining its stands.

Next the five-member team headed down to Ulsan on Saturday, a city in the south-eastern part of the nation. The FIFA officials’ main interest was in Munsu Cup Stadium which hosted World Cup matches in 2002 and its tourism infrastructure. The home of the K-League’s Ulsan Tigers hosted two group matches and a quarterfinal. The delegation was concerned about how the city government runs the venue.

South Korea is making its second attempt to host the World Cup. The nation is trying to be the sole host of the tournament, as is Japan.

Australia and Qatar are also competing, while bids from Belgium and the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, England, Russia, and the United States have been made for both the 2018 and the 2022 finals.

2018 World Cup will likely be held in Europe, and Asia is the likely destination for the following tournament, as FIFA does not let one continent host the event consecutively. A possible bid from China for the 2026 tournament would complicate the matter for its Asian neighbors.

FIFA will decide the host nations of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup on Dec. 2 in Switzerland.
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Old October 4th, 2010, 04:10 AM   #24
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Seoul , Sang am World Cup Stadium , 82,756 seats (now 68,476 seats) , 2001.11.10





























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Old October 4th, 2010, 04:31 AM   #25
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Great stadium. Any idea on how they would do the upgrade? Another small tier or just extend the top tier?
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Old October 19th, 2010, 08:59 PM   #26
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England Withdaw Bid For 2022 World Cup; USA Drop Out Of 2018 Bid

England have withdrawn from the race to host the 2022 World Cup, following news that the United States ended their bid to stage the 2018 incarnation.

England's focus will now be solely on 2018, which will now definitely be held in Europe.

This is due to Fifa statutes that the competition cannot be held on the same continent on two successive occasions.

The United States had been the last non-European bidders remaining in the race for 2018 after Australia's withdrawal in June.

However, their decision to pull out of the 2018 bidding means that, by default, England are no longer eligible to run for the 2022 competition.
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Old October 20th, 2010, 08:51 AM   #27
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South Korea has a good bid, as does Japan, but having hosted the event in 2002 goes against both. Even if it was a joint hosting role, it was still held there, so its hard to seperate the bids from that fact.

The USA hosting in 1994 goes against it even, and that was longer back.

I have a feeling it will be Russia (2018) and possibly Australia (2022) as the darkhorses to win this contest. I was going with England and USA, but theres a few doubts now.
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Old October 23rd, 2010, 11:24 AM   #28
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Russia Formally Withdraws Proposal For The 2022 World Cup

Russia Formally Withdraws Proposal For The 2022 World Cup To Focus On Rivalling England For 2018 Bid.


The committee behind Russia's dual bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup's have revealed that they have formally withdrawn their proposal for the 2022 competition in order to focus fully on their 2018 effort.

The decision to set their sights exclusively on being awarded the 2018 World Cup was seen as a formality after the United States withdrew their bid for the 2018 competition in order to focus solely on the 2022 tournament last week.

Russia's choice to withdraw their bid for the 2022 World Cup was announced by bid chairman Vitaly Mutko, who informed FIFA President Sepp Blatter of their decision on Friday.

In a statement released by the Russian Bid Committee for the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup, Mutko said: "We hereby have the pleasure to inform you that the Russian Bid Committee and the Russian Football Union as a FIFA member association have made a decision to no longer pursue our bid for the 2022 tournament and to concentrate our efforts on the 2018 FIFA World Cup. We therefore formally withdraw our bid for the 2022 competition.”

Russia's revelation means that the 2018 football showpiece will definitely be played on European soil as they are now competing with England, as well as the joint bids of Belgium-Netherlands and Spain-Portugal to host the 2018 tournament.

The 2022 competition is now destined to be held outside of Europe with the United States, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Qatar competing to win the FIFA vote.

FIFA will announce the host nations for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups at a special meeting of its Exectuive Committee on the 1st and 2nd of December.

The voting process by which FIFA decides the host nations has been under scrutiny this week after revelations that football's governing body is currently investigating unnamed bidders for alleged vote-trading collusion.

It remains to be seen whether England's bid will be strong enough to hold off the challenge from their Russian counterparts.

However, Russia have used Friday's statement to show their belief that are the best choice for the 2018 competition.

In addition to his revealing their withdrawal from the 2022 bid, Mutko added: "We hope to be entrusted with the hosting of FIFA’s flagship event and are ready to inspire the global football family in 2018."
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Old November 11th, 2010, 05:49 PM   #29
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Blatter Praises Korea 2022 Bid, Claims Football Can Help Unite Korean Peninsula









FIFA president Sepp Blatter says South Korea can realise the "ideal" of peace through sport and has praised the country's World Cup bid committee just three weeks out from the FIFA vote on the 2018 and 2022 hosts.

"Korea is the country that can realize the ideal of peace through sports,” said Blatter in Seoul on Monday.

“Football is more than a game. If the World Cup is held in Korea, it will serve as a valuable medium of connecting people to people.

“I am convinced that Korea is very well prepared for bidding for World Cup 2022."

Blatter was in the country after accepting a longstanding invitation from Korean President Lee Myung-Bak to visit.

Although bid officials stressed that the invitation was in return for the hospitality shown to President Lee at FIFA House during his visit to Zurich last January, senior bid committee members were in attendance as well as FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon.

South Korea has made rapprochement with North Korea a main tenet of its bid to host the 2022 finals.

With former foreign minister Han Sung-joo and UN ambassador Dae Won-suh leading the Korean bid, the pitch – which initially seemed fanciful – has gained currency.

A survey of leading Korean economists two months ago anticipated unification during the 2020s.

Bid officials, while understandably reticent to make predictions, say they are hopeful that unity through sharing some of the spoils of a World Cup could hasten peace with the divided North.

Blatter said that he believed football “was more than a game as it has a socio-cultural impact” with the power to “connect people all over the world".

“If football can make a step forward then I would be very happy to use the power of the World Cup and the power of football to find a solution,” said Blatter of the hopes to forge greater unity on the Korean peninsula.

President Lee said that hosting the 2022 finals would contribute greatly to peace in the divided nation.

“If and when the World Cup is held in Korea, the only remaining divided country in the world, it will contribute greatly to peace and prosperity in the Korean peninsula,” he said.

“Korea and FIFA agreed to cooperate closely for football and social development in less developed countries."

President Lee also awarded Blatter the Order of Merit for Sports of the Republic of Korea during a ceremony held at the Blue House in Seoul.

“It is a great honour for FIFA and for me personally to receive this Order of Merit,” said the FIFA president.

“I am happy to be back in the country where the Fan Fests became a global phenomenon in 2002, where they were organised with great success. Above this, there is no doubt that Korea should be ready to organise a good World Cup in 2022.”
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Old November 30th, 2010, 07:34 AM   #30
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Countdown starts for 2022 decision

It’s a busy week for Korean football on both the national and international stage. Wednesday evening sees the first leg of the final matchup of the K-League season. The island of Jeju is the stage for when Jeju United takes on FC Seoul. The pair meet again on Sunday at Seoul World Cup Stadium with the golden league trophy glittering on the sidelines, ready for the victorious captain to lift it and end a hard season.

The bid for the 2022 World Cup has been a hard slog but that too is about to end. Sandwiched in between the two K-League deciders is FIFA’s decision on which nation will hold the 2018 and 2022 global tournaments. Around midnight on Thursday, Korean time, fans will be glued to the television to see if the envelope that is handed to FIFA president Sepp Blatter contains South Korea’s name.

If it doesn’t, then one of the other four contenders ― Australia, Qatar, the United States or Japan ― will be celebrating. The race is an open one and few can predict with any certainty how the 22 members of FIFA’s Executive Committee ― at the time of writing, two of the original 24 are suspended over allegations of corruption ― will vote.

The process is pretty simple. If one candidate collects a majority in the first round then the contest is all over. If no candidate does, and it is likely none will, the one with the least number of votes is eliminated and everyone votes again. This is repeated until a majority is reached. If the split is equal, Blatter holds the casting vote. Japan looks to be out of the running early in the race and is highly unlikely to make it past the first round. After that, it is anyone’s guess. The key is picking up the votes of those whose initial choice has been eliminated.

Chairman of Korea’s World Cup bid Han Sung-joo (Yonhap News)

Korea is in with a chance, though Qatar, Australia and the United States present formidable opposition. The bid started slowly but has gained momentum in recent weeks. FIFA vice president and honorary head of the Korean Football Association Chung Mong-joon is an influential man in the world of soccer and has been using that to drum up support for the bid and, according to various reports, has not been unsuccessful.

Korea’s weak point is that it co-hosted the 2002 World Cup but bid officials are confident they have what it takes to overcome such concerns with such headline-grabbing ideas as distributing a global football fund of $777 million to help the game develop in all corners of the world.

Few things make news like North Korea and the campaign has not been slow to emphasize the legacy that could be left behind by involving the North in hosting the competition. The idea of holding a game or two in Pyongyang and helping to bring the two Koreas closer together has been a central theme of the campaign over the past few months. The recent shelling of Yeonpyeong Island and the increase in tensions on the peninsula has, according to chairman of the bid Han Sung-joo, actually reinforced that message.

“The incident will not affect our bid,” Han, a former foreign minister, said in a statement. “In fact, the tensions on the Korean Peninsula are all the more reason why we should promote peace and reconciliation now and in the future. We are talking about a World Cup in 2022 ― 12 years from now ― when the regional situation in Northeast Asia will be quite different and inter-Korean relations will have changed.”

As well as the geopolitical situation in East Asia, the recent corruption scandal in FIFA could also help Korea’s bid. The scandals have damaged the reputation of FIFA and there may be a desire in the Executive Committee to be seen making a difference in the world and voting for the Korean bid could be a public way of doing that ― at least that will be the message from the likes of Chung. There will also be lots of reminders that the official FIFA inspection report on each bid gave Korea the best write-up out of the candidates to host 2022, and, indeed, 2018.

In elections such as these, these issues may mean much or almost nothing. Even now, nobody can be sure about 2022. It is still up in the air.

It was never about whether Korea could host the World Cup; it was always about whether it should. The arguments have been made over and over again and by the time that a player from either Seoul or Jeju lifts the trophy in the capital on Sunday, we will know.

By John Duerden ([email protected])
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Old December 1st, 2010, 04:39 PM   #31
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good presentation!!!
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