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.

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

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.