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.
5/11/10 The negative headlines suffered by England 2018 this week belie the strong position of its bid, the great inroads made over the past year and the confidence of its bid team. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports from London.
22/10/10 Iberian World Cup bid co-leader Gilberto Madail has reacted with “surprise and indignation” to reports suggesting his bid traded votes with Qatar 2022 in the World Cup bidding contest… Sepp Blatter describes himself “extremely distressed” at allegations made over the past week…The OFC names an acting president after Reynald Temarii’s suspension.
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
2/9/2010 FIFA’s inspection of the Iberian World Cup bid wraps up this evening in Lisbon, but despite the buoyancy of Spanish politicians and media as well as a renewed PR effort by the bid, doubts remain about its chances in December.
31/8/2010 A tour of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium is one of the highlights on day two of FIFA’s inspection of the Iberian bid… But the bid campaign could be undermined by a row between the Portuguese Football Federation and national coach Carlos Queiroz following his six-month ban today for insulting anti-doping officials at a pre-World Cup training session.
16/2/2010 French football chief says country has learnt lessons from failed 2012 Olympic campaign in its bid to secure Euro 2016 hosting rights… Delegations from France, Italy and Turkey hand over their bid books to UEFA at a ceremony in Nyon.