29/1/2010 Japan’s 2006 World Cup coach Zico and Shunsuke Nakamura are among ambassadors for 2018/2022 bid… Holland-Belgium welcomes Sepp Blatter’s comments on joint bids and plan to award 2018 to Europe… More troubles for Indonesia.
23/12/09 AFC chief Mohammed bin Hammam will bar Singapore clubs from Champions League unless attendances dramatically improve… World Cup favourites Spain announce South Africa base for World Cup and schedule for international friendlies… ‘Busby Babe’ Scanlon dies.
21/12/09 Japan’s World Cup bid leader Suminori Gokoh tells WFI his country is ready to move FIFA’s flagship tournament “to the next dimension”. James Corbett reports.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has moved to reassure Belgium and the Netherlands of the validity of their joint World Cup bid, describing the neighbors as part of the same “political entity.”