Nov. 13 – Spanish FA president Angel Maria Villar Llona escapes with just a warning and fine from FIFA’s ethics committee for blocking an investigation into the Spain/Portugal 2018 World Cup bid. Mark Bisson reports.
Oct. 8 – Javier Tebas says it’s imperative that leadership of Spanish Football Federation is changed, suggesting FIFA ExCo member Angel Maria Villar Llona should have stepped aside years ago. Christian Radnedge reports from the Leaders Sport Summit in London.
Oct. 11 – FIFA’s Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein says Bin Hammam’s ban has made the Asian Football Confederation more “open and transparent”… Singapore FA says polygraph testing is reducing match-fixing cases… Online streaming a threat to Sky Sport… Villar Llona talks UEFA presidency. INSIDER’s Christian Radnedge reports from Leaders in Football in London.
2/12/10 Holland-Belgium belied their underdog status in the race for the 2018 World Cup with an impressive pitch to the FIFA Executive Committee… Spain-Portugal lack punch and spark, but Angel Maria Villar Llona may strike a chord with attack on British media. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson and James Corbett report from Zurich.
25/11/10 Serious doubts are raised about Spain-Portugal’s ability to fund necessary upgrades to its proposed World Cup stadiums… Co-chairman Gilberto Madail says collusion allegations are attributable only to the British media and defends joint bidding concept. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports.
23/11/2010 Holland-Belgium 2018 bid CEO Harry Been tells INSIDER he believes the joint bid from the Low Countries has sealed enough votes to get through the crucial first round of voting on Dec. 2 in Zurich. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Rio de Janeiro.
11/11/2010 David Cameron meets Korea’s FIFA vice president Chung Mong-Joon and jokes that he is spending more time lobbying for England 2018 than on G20 issues… Revelations over note-passing incident by FIFA Ex-co members sparks further controversy over voting collusion… Rugby’s dual bidding pioneer says his sport had a positive experience
5/10/2010 Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas will seek to inject some life into Spain-Portugal’s flagging bid campaign for the 2018 World Cup at the Leaders in Football conference. INSIDER editor Mark Bisson reports.
1/10/2010 INSIDER understands that despite the low profile of the Iberian World Cup bid, co-leader and FIFA vice president Angel Maria Villar Llona has been a significant presence on the campaign trail since Spain won the World Cup in July. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports
Australia offered the world the ‘no worries’ World Cup in 2018 or 2022 when FFA presented Australia’s credentials in a new film and book package in Cape Town. Narrated by one of the most famous Australians in the world, Nicole Kidman, the film and book promises a FIFA World Cup that is “fun, relaxed, safe,