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View Poll Results: Which bid should host the FIFA World Cup 2018 / 2022?
Australia - 2018 255 12.32%
Belgium / Netherlands - 2018 247 11.94%
England - 2018 538 26.00%
Indonesia - 2018 68 3.29%
Japan - 2018 35 1.69%
Mexico - 2018 105 5.07%
Qatar - 2018 78 3.77%
Russia - 2018 279 13.48%
South Korea - 2018 16 0.77%
Spain / Portugal - 2018 267 12.90%
USA - 2018 116 5.61%
Australia - 2022 378 18.27%
Belgium / Netherlands - 2022 111 5.36%
England - 2022 114 5.51%
Indonesia - 2022 122 5.90%
Japan - 2022 37 1.79%
Mexico - 2022 149 7.20%
Qatar - 2022 153 7.39%
Russia - 2022 148 7.15%
South Korea - 2022 23 1.11%
Spain / Portugal - 2022 184 8.89%
USA - 2022 249 12.03%
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 07:51 PM   #3441
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? That would make the bid only better no?
Atleast two stadiums which are up to date and big enough. Then I am only counting one in Lisboa.
joint bid?
I thought FIFA do not like joint bids
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no one takes into account what the english fa do for other growing countries around the world, we spend millions helping other countries, probably do more than the rest of the world combined, also why england do shit because our fa is busy helping out all other countries more than its own.
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if you are all so desperate for your countries to host a wc you should be hoping england host it asap because if they dont they'll get the one you all hope to get
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Old June 2nd, 2008, 09:33 PM   #3444
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it'll be hosted by england australia china usa before mexico get it again, plus warner and blatter wont be there much longer which will make it even harder for mexico
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Possibly another 45 votes? There are only 24 votes in total Bob!!
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 12:46 AM   #3446
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England shouldn't be the 2018 WC because it would be just too 'traditional.' The super zeal of its fans would be prejudicial to the 31 other teams playing in the tournament.

Similarly,

Australia -- too small; who needs a 3rd southern hemisphere WC in a row?

China -- after the 2008 Torch uproar; after a failed attempt at their first Womens' World Cup -- why should it go there?

Mexico -- 2 WCs when others haven't had it? Ix-nay.

Russia -- venues too distant; too cold; don't speak enough English.

Spain -- Too Spanish. cities too close to each other.

USA -- already staged a successful 1994 WC. Why should FIFA want another one? It would put future hosts like China, India or Bangladesh to shame.

CONCLUSION: Too many negatives all around. Disband the event.

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Old June 3rd, 2008, 02:19 AM   #3447
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Russia -- venues too distant; too cold; don't speak enough English.
CONCLUSION: Too many negatives all around. Disband the event.
too cold?? In summertime they have heatwave (exept for example Siberia). Russia will be a good choice. last huge country without WC and there football is the most popular sport.
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too cold?? In summertime they have heatwave (exept for example Siberia). Russia will be a good choice. last huge country without WC and there football is the most popular sport.
uhmmm, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you...
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Spain -- Too Spanish. cities too close to each other.

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uhmmm, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you...
I guess for some people it goes WOOSH! over their heads...
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 06:26 AM   #3451
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my country will never host a world cup again just because it has hosted it 2 times??
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my country will never host a world cup again just because it has hosted it 2 times??
Not until a lot of other countries host it for the second time...
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 06:41 AM   #3453
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Not until a lot of other countries host it for the second time...
For USA not until Mexico hosts it for the 20th time
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i just dont want australia to get the wc beacause i dont want to stay awake until 3 am to see a match
I want Australia get the wc because I don't have to stay awake past midnight to see a match
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For USA not until Mexico hosts it for the 20th time
I hope you kidding because your being very troll-like
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 07:37 AM   #3456
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England shouldn't be the 2018 WC because it would be just too 'traditional.' The super zeal of its fans would be prejudicial to the 31 other teams playing in the tournament.

Similarly,

Australia -- too small; who needs a 3rd southern hemisphere WC in a row?

China -- after the 2008 Torch uproar; after a failed attempt at their first Womens' World Cup -- why should it go there?

Mexico -- 2 WCs when others haven't had it? Ix-nay.

Russia -- venues too distant; too cold; don't speak enough English.

Spain -- Too Spanish. cities too close to each other.

USA -- already staged a successful 1994 WC. Why should FIFA want another one? It would put future hosts like China, India or Bangladesh to shame.

CONCLUSION: Too many negatives all around. Disband the event.
what a prat
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 08:00 AM   #3457
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As we say in Oz, 'tough titties!'
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 08:13 AM   #3458
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Oh yeah. The selection will revolve entirely around your viewing habits, Carrera.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 08:21 AM   #3459
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Why we're still good for 2018

By Les Murray | 3 June 2008 | 09:22

The 58th FIFA Congress came and went and though it wasn’t the front page splash on every Australian daily, it left an indelible mark on world football, on our football and probably on our country as a whole.

The concert hall of the Sydney Opera house teemed with a rainbow gathering of VIPs from all corners of the globe, not just from football but politicians, diplomats, corporate bigwigs.

Giant stills of footballers in action were projected onto the pylons of the Harbour Bridge illuminating the night sky. The Opera House forecourt, for the first time ever, was given over to a giant marquee, housing a colossal banquet for over a thousand suits.

Frank Lowy leaned across to a companion and whispered: ‘We’ve turned the world upside down.’

Football is indeed in a conquering groove. It is re-sculpting the topography of the Australian sporting landscape in a way unimaginable just a short time ago, even though, as the Johnny Warren tee shirt slogans remind us, it was inevitable all along.

Globalisation and the natural urge of Australians to be relevant in the world made this possible. David Crawford and Frank Lowy merely quickened its pace.

But all is not done yet and Lowy’s passion to complete the job, for all his 77 years, burns like a fire.

In his quest to land for Australia the hosting of the 2018 World Cup he means business. And we know how much he knows about business.

This should have been noted by those who got a little sexed up by the FIFA president’s remarks in the post-congress press conference, in which he said it would be ‘logical’ to have the 2018 World Cup in the northern hemisphere after it had resided in the south for two consecutive editions (South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014).

The titillated should have stopped, taken a pill, and asked, why?

Of what relevance, in terms of where the World Cup is held, is the question of north or south?

Politically the suggested bidders from the northern hemisphere, the USA, Japan, China and a number from Europe are totally disparate as a force or a cause. There is no apparent or natural imperative, commercial or otherwise, that unifies them.

With European television revenue being a prime driver of the World Cup’s success for FIFA, one would have thought that the question of east or west, rather than north or south, would be what matters.

If favourable time zones are the key, that is east versus west, by 2010 we will have had two consecutive World Cups in the same hemisphere: Germany and South Africa.

With Brazil hosting 2014 why should it be logical to then take the World Cup back again to Europe, or a European time zone, which is surely what Blatter was hinting at when he made those remarks?

At the bottom of Blatter’s remarks is a massive political push to have the 2018 World Cup in Europe, led by England, and his desire to please all by encouraging non-European bidders to desist and accept the notion that 2022 is a safer bet.

But this was only his personal view and suggestion. It had no roots in FIFA policy. FIFA remains open to all bidders to host the 2018 World Cup, no matter what hemisphere, north or south, east or west, they belong to, except for the fact that South America, having hosted it in 2014, cannot be among them.

In any case Sepp Blatter does not decide. The 24-man FIFA executive committee does. And on that committee Blatter has but one vote. And we all know what happened in the vote for the 2006 World Cup host nation, when Blatter wanted South Africa and, thanks to the eccentric Charlie Dempsey, he got Germany.

Had Blatter got his way then, South Africa would have hosted 2006, Germany would have got 2010, it would have been Brazil in 2014 and we would now be looking at Australia as a much surer thing for 2018.

Silly Charlie has a lot to answer for.

The decision on 2018 will not be made until 2011, almost three years from now, a very long time in any political campaign let alone this one. It’s a three-year minefield of possible gaffes, counter-gaffes, bad politicking and strategic blunders that can derail the prospects of the hottest favourite.

According to the bookies England is the galloping favourite but I would be careful in placing a wager just yet.

The English FA will be the first to acknowledge that its ill-fated campaign to land the 2006 World Cup was down to its perceived arrogance, the notion that as the motherland of football it has some God given right to host the World Cup.

In its renewed tilt for 2018 the FA has worked hard to dispel this perception and appear to be the humble servant of the global game.

But things are starting to become unstuck.

Last week the FA’s recently installed chairman, Lord Triesman, was a no show at the FIFA Congress. You can guess how that went down with the FIFA top brass.

Triesman recently jettisoned its agreement with ECN, a consultancy firm extremely well connected with FIFA and specifically hired to advise the FA on bid strategy and how best to massage its relationship with the world governing body.

And then there is the relentless, pathological anti-FIFA diatribe in the English press.

Only yesterday (June 2) Martin Samuel of The Times, seven times English sports writer of the year, was spitting venom as he condemned the FA’s chief executive, Brian Barwick, for going along with Sepp Blatter’s ‘six plus five’ proposal at the Congress.

He wrote: ‘As predicted, as far as the lick-spittle FA is concerned, anything Blatter says goes until the hustling for the right to host the 2018 World Cup finals is over. Blatter could lead a call to invade Poland and we would be first across the border.’

Granted it was a journalist writing it not a football official saying it. But one has to wonder how such Fleet Street talk, and there’ll plenty more of it, will endear Zurich to Soho Square, much less to the contention that a humble English World Cup will be good for football.

England’s best chance of winning the bid is if UEFA president Michel Platini has his way of unifying Europe behind a solitary candidate and England becomes the chosen one.

But that is a long way from being a reality. Other likely European bidders, like Russia, Spain and the Belgium/Netherlands tandem, and their committed governments, will have other ideas.

That said I still believe that, at this still early stage, a European World Cup in 2018 is more likely than it is not.

But that’s a long way from saying that the Australian bid is a lost cause or anywhere near it.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 08:21 AM   #3460
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Oh yeah. The selection will revolve entirely around your viewing habits, Carrera.
your a tool rover...he was being sarcastic towards another members post complaining about the same thing.
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