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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 March 6th, 2007, 05:14 PM   #1821
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Good God, Blatter is such a hypocrit!! He's trying to put a foot in every camp there is. Each week we get reports of 'Blatter backs China bid', 'Blatter enthusiastic about USA bid', 'Blatter welcomes Russian bid', 'Blatter thinks England bid would be strong favourite', 'Blatter warns English bid of potential hazzards', 'Blatter confident the rotation system will end in 2014', 'Blatter says rotation system may still be in effect after 2014'.....

OMG...there is so much faffing around within FIFA at the moment it's impossible to know anything for sure. Take, for instance, the 2014 WC in South America: they sould have decided before now who was Deffiniely going to be the host for the WC, that way Brazil could get on with building their stadiums ahead of schedule without worry. Instead FIFA are leaving it very late to actually decide which South American country they are gong to back, which is causing a fiasco.

Then there's this rotation policy. They should have decided that by now as well, they should have agreed upon rules when they came up with the policy, that they would/would not give it up after 2014, insted of keeping everyone guessing and confused....at this point there's gonna be about 10 different countries from every continent thinking they're in with a shot at hosting 2018.

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All stadiums must have a minimum capacity of 45,000, he said, adding that, without a big stadium, the most those cities could hope for would be a large outdoor public viewing screen.
What....??? Since when was it 45,000 minimum capacity??? Last time I checked it was only 40,000??? Is this now official?? If it is I was way off in my estimates. I knew (and have said before now) that teh minimum capacity is gonna increase in the future, as it has done over the years, and that by the 2022 WC it might rise to 45/50,000 minimum. But that appears to already be the case now.....

What the hell is going on with FIFA....why is Blatter the only candidate available.......heading for a third term in office.....???
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Old March 7th, 2007, 12:58 AM   #1822
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If the minimum capacity keeps increasing, then China and the USA are the only countries in the World capable of staging the WC.
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Two faced b*stard will be in the Russian press next week talking them up, the week after he'll be in the US, talking up an American bid, then over the border bigging up Canada, before a trip back down under to assure Australia that it's bid would be considered up there with the very best, etc., etc.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 10:53 AM   #1824
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What the hell is going on with FIFA....why is Blatter the only candidate available.......heading for a third term in office.....???
Its simple. FIFA has 205 members. Blatter is never supported in Europe, whose representatives and associations loathe him and ignore him in equal amounts. He gets in, because he makes sure more worldcup money, worldcup places, expenses, travel opportunities and perks go to the small countries in CONCACAF, CAF, OFA, CSF, AFC who make up the majority of the 205 and more accurately to their FIFA representatives who vote for him. Thats why the corrupt toad will be re-elected virtually unopposed next time too.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 11:43 AM   #1825
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Take, for instance, the 2014 WC in South America: they sould have decided before now who was Deffiniely going to be the host for the WC, that way Brazil could get on with building their stadiums ahead of schedule without worry. Instead FIFA are leaving it very late to actually decide which South American country they are gong to back, which is causing a fiasco.
They usually decide it around 6 years prior to the finals IIRC - it's not so much a case of a delayed decision, it's more a simple matter of 'us' all being far more aware of the process.

Once more, for the record, FIFA have (for the last few years) referred to North/Central/South America as 'The Americas', so the 2014 finals is not automatically going to the South Americans. If the USA really want to bid, they can.
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Two faced b*stard will be in the Russian press next week talking them up, the week after he'll be in the US, talking up an American bid, then over the border bigging up Canada, before a trip back down under to assure Australia that it's bid would be considered up there with the very best, etc., etc.

See - Politics.
Or... rock bands.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 01:21 PM   #1827
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If the minimum capacity keeps increasing, then China and the USA are the only countries in the World capable of staging the WC.

No way, it's not enough to present big stadiums. A host country has to present the spirit of the game (football, not soccer!!)
Are you sure U.S and Cina are able to create emotions like this? (for example)
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Old March 7th, 2007, 03:43 PM   #1828
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See - Politics.
Or... rock bands.
Few politicians get caught contradicting themselves as often as Blatter - most of them, certainly the successful ones who keep getting re-elected, tend to come up with one story (WMD's for example) then stick with them to the death. This tosser continually changes his story - it's almost as if he's unaware of the speed at which news travels these days.

As for rock bands - they say everywhere is great, sure - but they aren't touting around major events worth millions of dollars. Your rock band can play shows in the US, UK, China, Brazil, etc., in the space of a couple of months, your FIFA boss can't arrange for a finals tournament every other month.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 04:04 PM   #1829
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Why England should get it???
1. They fit more criterias than any other country.
2. They will do a good job, if given the chance.

Done.
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Old March 7th, 2007, 07:52 PM   #1830
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Its simple. FIFA has 205 members. Blatter is never supported in Europe, whose representatives and associations loathe him and ignore him in equal amounts. He gets in, because he makes sure more worldcup money, worldcup places, expenses, travel opportunities and perks go to the small countries in CONCACAF, CAF, OFA, CSF, AFC who make up the majority of the 205 and more accurately to their FIFA representatives who vote for him. Thats why the corrupt toad will be re-elected virtually unopposed next time too.
FIFA is so corrupt, because it seems the other confederations have so much power when compared to Europe which is in actual fact the most important in football terms world wide. politics is detroying football as a sport.

I still can't believe how a CLUELESS IDIOT(Blatter) can be head of world football, why can't Beckenbauer and the other european members carry out a coup and overthrow the greedy a*****le!!
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Old March 8th, 2007, 12:25 AM   #1831
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I still can't believe how a CLUELESS IDIOT(Blatter) can be head of world football, why can't Beckenbauer and the other european members carry out a coup and overthrow the greedy a*****le!!
Because he's neither clueless nor an idiot - he's self-serving and greedy, he's not interested in football so much as the money that can be made from football, he's ethically challenged (witness various bribes scandals and his involvement with certain CONCACEF members), but he's not clueless and he's very clever.
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Old March 8th, 2007, 07:32 AM   #1832
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I have the feeling that a number of the new venues required for an Aussie bid would rely on 'temp' stands to boost capacity to the required 40k (or is it now 45k, Mr Blatter?).

Can anyone give an indication of the costs of construction for 'temporary' stands (like the two ends of Sydney Olympic Stadium for example).

I've recently read (on the Melbourne forum) of the possibility of a massive 'temp' bank of seating being installed at the MCG should a world cup bid be won by Australia, and I'm very curious as to how much something like this would cost... Especially as they would (realisitically) only have 4 or 5 opportunities to use the seats/stand before it would have to be ripped out to return the venue to oval mode.
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Old March 8th, 2007, 08:21 AM   #1833
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The thing is that it has been that way for decades. You would think that the 'sleeping giant of Australian sport' should've woken up by now.
Difference now is you have a professional league which is only going to expand, Aussie players playing in some of the best leagues there are, and a national team to be proud of on the World stage.
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Old March 8th, 2007, 12:55 PM   #1834
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Old March 8th, 2007, 02:15 PM   #1835
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After sseing so many new projects in Spain
Nou Camp 98,000
Bernabeu 80,000
Valencia 75,000
Sevilla 65,000
Sevilla II 65,000
Madrid II 57,000
Bilbao 50,000-55,000
San.Sebastián 43,000
Zaragoza 42,000
Barcelona II 41,000
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Bilbao 56,000
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Nou Camp 110,000
Bernabeu 80,000
Valencia 75,000
Sevilla 65,000
Sevilla II 65,000
Madrid II 57,000
Bilbao 56,000
San.Sebastián 43,000
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Blatter discusses 2018 World Cup bid

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2/28/2007 6:26:40 PM

LONDON (CP) - FIFA may assign the 2018 World Cup to its North and Central American and Caribbean region, raising the possibility that Canada could be in the mix for hosting soccer's showcase event.

Sepp Blatter, the president of soccer's governing body, discussed upcoming World Cups on Wednesday before meeting with Treasury Minister Gordon Brown - the man expected to replace British Prime Minister Tony Blair.


"We have decided in the FIFA executive committee that rotation will be installed, and we have made rotation until and including 2014. The executive committee must take a decision whether the rotation should include all the confederations, in which case the 2018 World Cup should be in CONCACAF," Blatter said.

Canadian Soccer Association president Colin Linford said the comments caught him by surprise.

"We'd obviously be interested (if) FIFA was looking for someone in North America to host," Linford said.

Canada will host the FIFA Under-20 World Cup this year and will likely put in a bid to host the women's World Cup in 2011. Linford said if a bid is put in for 2018, it would likely be made four or five years from now.



The United States (1994) and Mexico (1970, 1986) are the only members of the Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Football who have hosted men's World Cups.

Blatter also said it was possible FIFA's executive committee could assign the 2018 tournament to Asia.

"They could also decide that the Americas should be considered as one, and then rotation would go to Asia," he said, adding that China and Australia had both indicated they might bid.

The U.S. Soccer Federation's board gave the go-ahead Friday to bid for the tournament. The British government has said it would support a campaign to host the World Cup for the first time since 1966, when England won its only title.

The 2002 tournament was played in Japan and South Korea, last year's edition was played in Germany and the 2010 World Cup is scheduled for South Africa. FIFA said the 2014 tournament will be in South America, and Brazil and Colombia have announced plans to bid. The decision will be made in November, and Brazil is the strong favourite - Blatter called Colombia's bid "more a public relations presentation."

Since England last hosted the tournament, the World Cup has been played in the other four major European soccer countries - Germany (1974, 2006), Spain (1982), Italy (1990) and France (1998). England's Premier League is the most successfully marketed of the European leagues, and several new stadiums have opened in recent years.

Following the Hillsborough stadium tragedy in 1989, when 96 people were crushed to death at a FA Cup semifinal between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, English soccer has modernized most of its grounds and created all-seat stadiums that have high-tech security and no fences surrounding fields.

"Because of the big disaster in '89 in Sheffield, the government has taken a decision which is now applied everywhere in sports arenas, especially in football, and this shall be an example to everybody around the world," Blatter said.

"Comfort and security are in stadia where everybody is sitting, and if you have no fences and you don't need 200 policemen because you have stewards. If this example had been applied to all other big stadia and big leagues in Europe, some of the big associations in Europe would not be facing the problems they are facing."

Blatter was impressed by the wealth generated by the English club soccer.

"The way the Premier League is organized and the way it's marketed, it's remarkable," he said. "The money coming into the Premier League is exceptional. English football is shown everywhere in the world. I was in Africa and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and you cannot open a TV channel without watching the Premier League."
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Septic Bladder is such a tosser. If he thought it would get him votes to retain his presidency, I'm sure he'd say Fiji or even the Falkland Is. were in with a chance of hosting the 2018 WC.
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Old March 8th, 2007, 09:02 PM   #1838
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Blatter backs new bid candidate for 2018

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Sepp Blatter, known for being one of most generous, sure-footed gentelmen in all of FIFA yesterday announced his enthusiasm for a new bidding candidate for the 2018 WC.

The Falkland Islands desire to host the tournament was greeted with much doubt and speculation, but Blatter immediately gave his full-hearted encouragement for such an undertaking.

"They have some great stadiums, a great footballing passion, and would create a lasting world cup legacy" said Blatter, just hours after hearing the announcement of the bid.

Some within the football community have suggested that Blatter is trying to back too many candidates, and that this is the final straw. Blatter has denied such allegations, and gave a statement today as he was flying back from his inspection of an Uzbekistan bid:

"I am not losing site of the objective here, I am just trying to get as much world-wide scope as possible so that I can meet lots of politicians and get re-elect...I mean so that we can spread the sport to all corners of the globe.

Some FIFA ministers have accused Blatter of only supporting a Falkland Islands bid because he has made a deal with the Prime minister which will ensure he gets a small percentage of the profits from the known oil deposits located in the area. Reports on this matter as are yet unconfirmed.

The Falkland Islands currently have one football stadium in place, with a capacity of 350. But Blatter appears confident the neccessary work can be done in time for 2018.

Rumours of a bid from NASA to host the 2018 World cup on the moon have not been confirmed, and thoughts are that they are just awaiting to hear whether the rotation policy will still be in place after 2014.

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Just added this possible 55,000 seater Birmingham stadium instead of Villa Park



If anyone has any other stadium news/photos or updates please post them so I can add them to the summary on the first page
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