17/10/2010 FIFA launches an investigation into allegations that two FIFA Executive Committee members offered to sell their votes for cash in the competition to host the 2018 World Cup.
20/9/2010 Saint Petersburg will host a World Cup semi-final in a 69,500-seat stadium with a moveable roof and retractable pitch if Russia is successful in its 2018 bid… Reporters on media tour meet bid leaders including Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko and first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov on Tuesday. INSIDER editor Mark Bisson reports from Saint Petersburg.
19/8/2010 The head of FIFA’s inspection team evaluating the Russian World Cup bid says he is “impressed” by the personal assurances given by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and hails the country’s legacy plans.
26/5/2010 England strengthens its grip on top spot in the second edition of World Football Insider’s World Cup Bid Power Index. Qatar and Russia are second and third. Australia is the biggest loser in the latest analysis of the nine bids vying to stage either the 2018 or 2022 tournament.
WFI Photo Gallery: The nine bids vying to stage the 2018 or 2022 World Cup gathered at FIFA headquarters in Zurich on May 14 to present their final bid dossiers to FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
4/2/2010 With 300 days until the FIFA Executive Committee decision on the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, the first edition of the World Football Insider Bid Power Index shows the relative strengths and weaknesses of the 10 bids.
4/2/2010 Russian FA president Sergei Fursenko will decide the future of Guus Hiddink and play a lead role in 2018 World Cup bid… Everton’s 14-year search for a new home may be over… Arsenal expand presence and fan base in China.
12/1/2010 The U.S. bid seeking to stage the 2018 or 2022 World Cup releases the names of 18 candidate cities to be part of its submission to FIFA, with Chicago and San Francisco the most notable omissions… Fox Soccer Plus will include broadcasting of English Premier League.
FIFA kicked off the simultaneous bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in a letter sent to its 200-plus national associations.
FIFA will address the Team GB proposal and 2018, 2022 World Cup bidding at its executive committee meeting in Tokyo.