Friday, September 22, 2006

Is Mexico going to fight to host the 2014 World Cup?

The new leader of the Mexican Soccer federation is considering placing a bid for the 2014 World Cup. In addition, he said that if South Africa fails in the build up to the 2010 finals, Mexico could step in.

As far as 2014, South America is suppose to play hope with Brazil as the likely winner. If Brazil was unable to meat the demands of FIFA, the bidding could go in any number of directions. Australia and New Zealand have said they would be interested in either '10 or '14, as has the US and England (and just about any other large nation).

Mexico hosted the finals in 1970 and 1986. They got the '86 finals when Columbia declared in late 1982 that they could not afford the cost of the games. Mexico was awarded the games on May 20, 1983, beating out bids from Canada and the US.

As for the US, if Mexico got either of the next two finals, chances are it would be 16-20 years before the US would really have another chance to play host.

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