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Old October 10th, 2010, 10:28 PM   #1261
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The Prime Minister is hosting Sepp Blatter, the governing body's president, at 10 Downing Street in the next few days and will be in contact with a series of key decision-makers in the buildup to the December 2 vote, as the campaign moves up a gear.

'He will be playing a very significant role in terms of contacting FIFA executive members,' said 2018 chief executive Andy Anson. Tony Blair played a similar role in the latter stages of the London Olympics campaign and the bid team believe Cameron's hosting of Blatter shows his commitment to a charm offensive. 'It will give us an opportunity to get the message across that the World Cup here is a World Cup for the world,' said Anson.


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Old October 10th, 2010, 10:51 PM   #1262
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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.


What a fantastic venue for a Fan Fest that would be, however I doubt the Emirates would miss out.
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Old October 10th, 2010, 11:50 PM   #1263
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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.
While I agree with the fundamental point of your post, Rob, you don't have to wait that long on domestic flights. It can be as little as half an hour. In which case it can be more time-effective to use the skies rather than the rails.
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Old October 11th, 2010, 08:36 PM   #1264
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While I agree with the fundamental point of your post, Rob, you don't have to wait that long on domestic flights. It can be as little as half an hour. In which case it can be more time-effective to use the skies rather than the rails.
UK airports tend to be geared towards international flights, with all the extra security checks they involve, so 1/2 an hour would be pushing it at the bigger airports.

And at the the smaller ones, the odds are there might not even be flights to many cities, particularly at weekends.

Going from the south to Newcastle, or the north to Plymouth would probably be worth it, but once you've added time for getting to/from the airports, check-in, baggage reclaim etc, it wouldn't be worthwhile.
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Old October 12th, 2010, 11:14 PM   #1265
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Fifa president Sepp Blatter is set to meet Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday as England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup reaches its final phase. Blatter is expected to watch a bid presentation and meet football figures during his Downing Street visit.

"We will take this opportunity to provide first-hand evidence of England's passion for the game," said 2018 bid chairman Geoff Thompson. Fifa will decide on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts on 2 December.

Thompson said the Downing Street meeting would highlight the potential legacy a successful England bid could create. "The Prime Minister spoke with president Blatter shortly after taking office to reiterate the British government's support for the bid and to invite him to Downing Street," stated Thompson.

"We are delighted the Fifa president has accepted and we are honoured that he and Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke will be visiting England so close to the decision in December."


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Old October 13th, 2010, 12:26 AM   #1266
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What are the chances of two hosting countries winning the world cup on home soil in a row? Brazil will win 2014 at home but England winning 2018 at home?? lol.
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Old October 13th, 2010, 10:05 AM   #1267
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What are the chances of two hosting countries winning the world cup on home soil in a row? Brazil will win 2014 at home but England winning 2018 at home?? lol.
Wishful thinking at its worst.
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What are the chances of two hosting countries winning the world cup on home soil in a row? Brazil will win 2014 at home but England winning 2018 at home?? lol.
england WINNING a world cup, you been smoking some baaaaad gunja my friend
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England last won the world cup when the event was hosted in England. So winning the world cup bid, could mean literally winning the world cup. We all know that almost always hosts perform better and hosting the event may give England that added zip/advantage which has been sadly missing from recent world cups. The psychological/physical advantage in not having to go through qualifying around Europe would be also of extreme benefit to the England team, who have struggled with mixing the intense EPL schedule/qualifying duties/world cup and euro tournaments. It would be a massive massive boost for England if 2018 came to the home of football.
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Old October 13th, 2010, 11:48 AM   #1270
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What are the chances of two hosting countries winning the world cup on home soil in a row? Brazil will win 2014 at home but England winning 2018 at home?? lol.
Well lets look at the form shall we; England have hosted 1 World Cup (1966) and won it giving a 100% success rate, Brazil have hosted 1 World Cup (1950) and didn't win it giving a 0% success rate. HTH
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Old October 13th, 2010, 12:16 PM   #1271
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England last won the world cup when the event was hosted in England. So winning the world cup bid, could mean literally winning the world cup.
haha.
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Well lets look at the form shall we; England have hosted 1 World Cup (1966) and won it giving a 100% success rate, Brazil have hosted 1 World Cup (1950) and didn't win it giving a 0% success rate. HTH
Brazil only lost just though but yes more than likely they were distracted by all the women dancing in the stands and the music. England won't of course get distracted by that, the upcoming crop of stars are responsible, unlike Terry, Cole, Rooney etc. They should be GPS tracked at all times, from now until 2018 ends, no distractions.
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Brazil will not win WC for next 50 years.

WC 2018 in England will ensure England to reach1/8-finals, where they get knocked out by Australia. That would be fun!
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Brazil will not win WC for next 50 years.

WC 2018 in England will ensure England to reach1/8-finals, where they get knocked out by Australia. That would be fun!
No. England vs Australia in a final and Australia win after a controversial penalty in time-on. That would piss them off.
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No. England vs Australia in a final and Australia win after a controversial penalty in time-on. That would piss them off.
won't happen

England like to excel at all things, and why choke in a final when you can choke in a semi-final and go home early

The English Football Team. Every year finding new and more interesting ways to lose the unloseable match
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Old October 13th, 2010, 01:04 PM   #1276
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No. England vs Australia in a final and Australia win after a controversial penalty in time-on. That would piss them off.
I think those are the 2 most unlikely nations to benefit from refereeing decisions.
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Wow, lot's of deluded Aussies on this thread the only football you could be world champions at is Aussie Rules Football, but you'd have to find some other moronic country to play that dirge against.
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Wow, lot's of deluded Aussies on this thread the only football you could be world champions at is Aussie Rules Football, but you'd have to find some other moronic country to play that dirge against.
Seriously mate, I don't think you will find a single Australian who honestly believes we are remotely a chance to win a world cup ever

that being said, we get great joy watching you boys come oh so close
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Wow, lot's of deluded Aussies on this thread the only football you could be world champions at is Aussie Rules Football, but you'd have to find some other moronic country to play that dirge against.
Which WC failure are you going to cry over tonight?
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Old October 13th, 2010, 01:24 PM   #1280
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Wow, lot's of deluded Aussies on this thread the only football you could be world champions at is Aussie Rules Football, but you'd have to find some other moronic country to play that dirge against.
I think Ireland is actually world champion in aussie rules
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