Monday, February 12, 2007

England ready to bid for 2018 World Cup

The excitement is building towards an event 11-years away as the English government has said that it is willing to back a bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

Chancellor Gordon Brown said, "with the Olympics in London in 2012, hosting the World Cup in 2018 would make the next decade the greatest in Britain's sporting history."

No big surprise that the government is willing to play ball as England has hosted just one World Cup and that was way back in 1966. The fact that 1966 was also the only time England has ever won the great cup kind of let's you know another reason they would like to play host.

Anyway, my favorite line from the article is this: "It would also be the natural turn of a European nation after South Africa in 2010 and, it is thought likely, a South American location in 2014."

I love lines like that. By 2018, it will have been 16-years since Asia held the finals, 24-years since CONCACAF and forever for Oceania, yet 12-years is a natural turn for European nations.

But back to England where only six current stadiums are big enough, at present, to host the events. Those six are Wembley, Old Trafford, The Emirates Stadium, St James' Park, City of Manchester Stadium and Villa Park. I see that they are being optimistic that in 11-years the renovation to Wembley is finally finished.

All joking aside, if the finals are to go to Europe in 2018, England would make an excellent host.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

World Cup 2018 will be in the USA. Bet money on it. FIFA are keen.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im English born and bread, but our government simply will not put money into redeveloping the Stadiums it needs to to host a good world cup, i mean, of the 6 stadiums mentioned it only covers 4 Citys. Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield (all bigger citys than Manchester and Newcastle) would have to be a part of the Tournament yet i dont see the government helping them out at all. Send the tourny to the USA or China, we will only embarass our selves after the KoreaJapan and Germany events.

7:54 AM  

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