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Old September 23rd, 2010, 12:36 AM   #1241
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My sentiments exactly. It's degrading to have Warner criticising England's bid when he has personally been involved in no fewer than three major financial scandals during his time at FIFA. What on Earth gives him the right to speak about fair play?

Horrible, weasley man who would have been pushed out of FIFA a long time ago were it not as corrupt as he.
He holds key votes unfortunately
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 05:17 AM   #1242
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The couple was first rebuked by authorities in Qatar for kissing in public along the beach. So the two Lebanese expats argued that they were married and were doing nothing wrong.

But the plea, ironically, put them in even more trouble, as their union was judged unlawful by a court in this conservative Muslim Persian Gulf country.The couple, who fled Qatar before the verdict was announced, was sentenced in absentia to a year of prison for having an illicit sexual relationship, according to recent media reports.

The trouble started in April when a Qatari family complained to police about the couple kissing in public, Gulf Times said.The man, who works in Qatar, said he had done nothing more than place his hand on the shoulder of his wife, who had arrived to the country 10 days earlier.


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Old September 26th, 2010, 01:15 AM   #1243
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David Beckham flew to Trinidad yesterday on a 24-hour mission to win hearts, minds and crucial votes at the beginning of the end-game to bringing the 2018 World Cup to England. In just 67 days' time in Zurich, the 24-man FIFA executive committee will announce who will host the biggest football show on earth after Brazil entertain the world four years from now.

'A World Cup in England would be an inspiration for a whole new generation - just as the Olympics already are,' said Beckham. 'The prospect of having the world's best players in the world's best tournament right on your doorstep is truly amazing.'

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Old September 26th, 2010, 02:07 PM   #1244
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Football must come home.

I will be keeping my fingers crossed for English bid.
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Old September 26th, 2010, 02:53 PM   #1245
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The frightening prospect of having to cope with Qatari hooligans, should their city qualify with eleven non-residents.
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Old September 26th, 2010, 03:46 PM   #1246
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I guess theoretically Spurs, Arsenal, Fulham, Chelsea, West Ham, QPR, Crystal Palace, Millwall and Charlton could all play at home one weekend.
The fixtures are always arranged so only half are at home any weekend. Spurs will never be a home the weekend as Arsenal for league games (similarly, around the country, Liverpool/Everton, Man Utd/Man City etc are home on alternate weeks).
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Old October 6th, 2010, 10:02 PM   #1247
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FIFA says president Sepp Blatter will meet British Prime Minister David Cameron in London next week, when government support for England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup will be on the agenda. Cameron invited Blatter to 10 Downing Street in May, within days of taking office and on the eve of England's bid leaders presenting FIFA with technical plans to host the finals.

FIFA says it can't specify on which day Blatter will visit, or if he will attend England's European Championship qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley next Tuesday.


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Old October 6th, 2010, 10:30 PM   #1248
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England's 2018 bid team has unveiled 18 key commitments it will adhere to as it bids to host the World Cup in either 2018 or 2022. The commitments have been outlined in a new document entitled 'Pledges to Partners’ and highlight how a World Cup in England would directly impact on six key stakeholder groups. These groups are Fifa, participating teams and players, fans from around the world, legacy partners in the areas of football and social development globally, Fifa’s commercial partners and the global media. The document contains new commitments and previously unrevealed details from the England 2018 bid book covering every aspect of the bid. They encapsulate the campaign themes of welcoming and benefitting the world.

Some of the 18 pledges for 2018 include:
A World Cup in England will make a projected profit for Fifa of $240 million (£161m) from the Local Organising Committee (LOC) alone.

Journey times for Fifa Executive Committee members will be a maximum of 30 minutes from hotel to stadium on match days in London, and a maximum of 20 minutes outside London.

Each visiting team will be hosted by a Premier League or Football League club and will have full access to all of its training and medical facilities.

Fans, and all accredited personnel, will be able to travel for free on public transport on match day within cities with match tickets or accreditations.

England 2018 bid Chief Executive Andy Anson said: “The ‘Pledges to Partners’ highlight some new commitments we are making to Fifa and to its stakeholders and reaffirms others we have made within the detail of our bid book. We believe these commitments provide a clear demonstration of why we would be the best possible partner for Fifa and the global football family.

“They cover every aspect of our bid: passion, diversity, world-class infrastructure, minimal risk, major events experience, commercial leadership and the creation of a significant global impact. "The combination of these factors will lead to the most ambitious, spectacular festival of football imaginable and a lasting legacy of football and social development all around the world – ours is not a World Cup that will benefit one country alone but is truly a Fifa World Cup for the world.


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Old October 6th, 2010, 11:23 PM   #1249
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The 18 Pledges

1 Journey times for Fifa members will be a maximum of 30 minutes from hotel to stadiums in London
2 Fans with match tickets will be able to travel for nothing on public transport within host cities

3 Free transport between cities on match days for ticketed fans

4 A projected profit for Fifa of £161m

5 A minimum of 60,000 hotel rooms

6 Each visiting team will be hosted by one of England's professional clubs

7 A maximum of two hours' travel time from team base camps to the 17 proposed stadiums

8 82 team base camps have been contracted to suit the needs and budget of each squad

9 400,000 rooms will be available for visiting fans at all budget levels

10 One billion people will be reached by England 2018's legacy proposals

11 'Football United' will deliver development programmes worldwide

12 Project 2028 will create home-grown players, coaches and referees over a 10-year period

13 England will present unprecedented opportunities in stunning, iconic locations

14 Total government support and legislation to protect partner rights

15 Outdoor media for Fifa and its commercial affiliates

16 The international broadcast centre in London is double the required size

17 Innovative technological broadcast and media solutions

18 The latest digital technology creating 'virtual global fan fests'


http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2...ngland-pledges
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Old October 7th, 2010, 12:48 PM   #1250
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The 18 Pledges

1 Journey times for Fifa members will be a maximum of 30 minutes from hotel to stadiums in London

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Well FIFA basically demand this in most cases, so while great not exactly breakthrough if using FIFA lanes. They should rather guarantee FIFA lanes as FIFA requests.

2 Fans with match tickets will be able to travel for nothing on public transport within host cities

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Nothing new here.

3 Free transport between cities on match days for ticketed fans

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This is the real bonus. It will cost money, but its a super idea. Will this include air transport? Will Emirates allow competing airlines to provide free transport.

4 A projected profit for Fifa of £161m

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I assume in 2010 figures...?

5 A minimum of 60,000 hotel rooms

6 Each visiting team will be hosted by one of England's professional clubs

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Would like to hear more. In terms of accommodation or training venue or all costs sponsored by Premier League club?

7 A maximum of two hours' travel time from team base camps to the 17 proposed stadiums

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The LOC presents base camps, teams decide on the final location, so it is usually within two hours or even a flight away if teams want that

8 82 team base camps have been contracted to suit the needs and budget of each squad

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This is where I would cover the costs i.e. free base camps for all squads in terms of accommodation all meeting FIFA standards

9 400,000 rooms will be available for visiting fans at all budget levels

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Go one step further and guarantee a formula, IOC style for budget room rates

10 One billion people will be reached by England 2018's legacy proposals

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I assume the FA will be involved here, they already have a wide reach. Premier League Club pre-season trips to strategic parts of the world with a legacy component would be one idea

11 'Football United' will deliver development programmes worldwide

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Who pays? Potential WC profits or guaranteed?

12 Project 2028 will create home-grown players, coaches and referees over a 10-year period

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Call me dumb, but what does this mean for the composition of Premier League teams?

13 England will present unprecedented opportunities in stunning, iconic locations

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Insert fan park renders here

14 Total government support and legislation to protect partner rights

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You don't really have a choice here

15 Outdoor media for Fifa and its commercial affiliates

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Nice idea, but 1km around the stadium its not really a choice

16 The international broadcast centre in London is double the required size

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The Olympic IBC? guaranteed for 2018? or Excel?

17 Innovative technological broadcast and media solutions

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Vague

18 The latest digital technology creating 'virtual global fan fests'


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Fund some fan fests in Africa with a screen and beer and you have my vote
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Old October 8th, 2010, 09:12 AM   #1251
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I think England has done more for the development of the game than almost any other country in recent history. So the legacy aspect certainly has to be there for England. In terms of stadiums obviously England is covered and certainly there was no questioning of the legacy of the bid by FIFA during the technical inspection, the only question was the hotel rooms required for the World Cup and with these 18 pledges England has well and truly covered that. We all know for the 2006 bid, hooliganism and "a gentleman's" handshake ended up costing England the hosting rights, this time the technical report is pretty much perfect and it's all guns blazing ahead. We will find out whether it's been enough on the 2nd of December.
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England 2018 hopes to secure the support of nine of the 24 Fifa executive-committee members in the first round of voting for the World Cup host nation, thus gaining the necessary momentum to carry the bid to victory. Thirteen votes are required to win the right to host the tournament. A source close to the process told Digger that England's tactic is to be within four votes of success after one round of voting.

It is an ambitious target and with less than 60 days to go before the ballot, in Zurich on 2 December, the intentions of many voters are not known. But a source close to the process explained the 2018 bid team's hope that, given English football organisations' recent activity in football-development projects in more than 100 nations, sufficient goodwill towards the bid exists among committee members.

Other political considerations could also play favourably for England. As well as having concentrated much of its football-development efforts on Africa, England supported Issa Hayatou's failed bid to become Fifa president eight years ago. As a Fifa vice-president Hayatou is Africa's most influential member of the executive committee and there is a feeling that his gratitude for England's support remains. If that is true, and the Cameroonian can carry the three other committee members from Africa, the votes would be a coup for England 2018.

The word on the grapevine is that England 2018 has also worked particularly hard with two senior committee members from the Pacific. The vote of Geoff Thompson, the English Fifa vice-president, is guaranteed and there is believed to be support from at least one other European member. If all those votes come in, England 2018 executives will be a long way towards delivering the tournament that English fans crave.


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Old October 8th, 2010, 04:42 PM   #1253
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Has England's bid book been posted yet? You can view it online (click on it):

http://www.england2018bid.com/theroa...ighlights.aspx



And perhaps off-topic, but here is the view of the area surrounding the Olympic stadium after 2012. If England's bid decides to use the Olympic stadium instead of The Emirates then what a brilliant space next to the stadium for big tv screens etc.


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Old October 9th, 2010, 04:18 AM   #1254
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first of all why are fifa so stupid about the capacity reductions for the world cup, wembley holds international and cup finals to 90k saftley every time no problem but to lose 6k seats is bloody stupid

and the england bid book didn't say anything about the potential capcity increase to the stadiums apart from leeds i think.

surely it is possible to assume that 3 or 4 of those clubs could have had expansions by then of there on back. newcastle to 60k, sunderland, 56k,man utd 82-85 k by 2018 possible, aston villa to between 50 and 60 k,

makes the bid look really week with so many just 40 k stadiums in it
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FIFA have already said England has the best stadiums. The quality or seating capacity alterations will therefore have negligible impact or more likely no impact. It's just all up to how much support England can garner within the FIFA boardroom.
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first of all why are fifa so stupid about the capacity reductions for the world cup, wembley holds international and cup finals to 90k saftley every time no problem but to lose 6k seats is bloody stupid

and the england bid book didn't say anything about the potential capcity increase to the stadiums apart from leeds i think.

surely it is possible to assume that 3 or 4 of those clubs could have had expansions by then of there on back. newcastle to 60k, sunderland, 56k,man utd 82-85 k by 2018 possible, aston villa to between 50 and 60 k,

makes the bid look really week with so many just 40 k stadiums in it
The capacity reductions are because of FIFA's press requirements rather than health and safety, iirc.

As to 40K stadia, only Spain / Portugal of the European bids has fewer 40K stadia. And since they have only managed that by presenting a joint bid (something that, I'm certain, will count against them), it's not really much of an advantage for them.

Russia and Holland / Belgium will have smaller average stadium capacity than England.
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Old October 10th, 2010, 06:19 PM   #1257
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3 Free transport between cities on match days for ticketed fans

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This is the real bonus. It will cost money, but its a super idea. Will this include air transport? Will Emirates allow competing airlines to provide free transport.
It almost certainly wouldn't include air travel, but then again rail travel would probably be quicker anyway. You can get from most big cities to another within 2-3 hours, and as a consequence there won't even be air links between most cities.
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Old October 10th, 2010, 06:30 PM   #1258
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Flying between cities would be silly. Wait for an hour and a half at check-in OR you could be nearly to your destination on a train? You'd possibly fly to Scotland if you had to, but using planes for inter-city travel within England isn't something you'd do....I've never done it anyway.
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Old October 10th, 2010, 07:20 PM   #1259
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If there was the unfortunate circumstance that say one team gets a game at Brizzle...and then their next in Noocassle maybe, but that would just be poor management.
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Old October 10th, 2010, 10:17 PM   #1260
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Premier League managers have joined together for the “England United” campaign to host the Fifa World Cup in 2018. Leading managers including Sir Alex Ferguson, Harry Redknapp, Arsene Wenger, Roberto Mancini and Steve Bruce are all featured in a new video supporting the 2018 bid while all 20 Premier League managers, from seven countries across Europe, have also backed the campaign and praised the passion and facilities in England as ideal for a World Cup.

The managers’ support as individuals and through the League Managers Association comes ahead of Fifa president Sepp Blatter’s visit to see Prime Minister David Cameron. Sir Alex Ferguson, winner of a record 11 Premier League titles, said: “It’s always been part of Manchester United to open our doors to football people across the world. It’s a family here and if England was to host the World Cup fans would be made to feel part of that family.

“The facilities in England are superb which gives players the chance to perform to their highest levels.” Meanwhile Carlo Ancelotti, manager of Premier League champions Chelsea, insisted England would be a "perfect setting" for the competition.


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