23/11/2010 Joao Havelange gives his views on the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding race, praises Sepp Blatter’s management of FIFA and backs Brazilian football chief Ricardo Teixeira for FIFA presidency… Plenty of 1970 World Cup stars in attendance but Pele too expensive… Ruud Gullit extols the virtues of Holland-Belgium 2018 bid. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Rio.
22/11/2010 David Dein, president of England 2018, claims his bid team is working flat out to bring the World Cup back to the country for the first time since 1966. “We are in it to win it,” he says. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from the Soccerex Global Convention in Rio.
Protecting the autonomy of football from government interference and a move that could spell the end of football at the Olympics are among the agenda items for FIFA as it holds its annual congress for the first time in The Bahamas.