The three cities bidding to host the 2018 Winter Olympics will make their final presentations for this year at the European Olympic Committees General Assembly in Belgrade, Serbia, Nov. 26. Around the Rings will cover the two-day event with correspondent Marta Falconi reporting from the meeting. IOC President Jacques Rogge will address the meeting Friday, 

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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.

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.

Soccerex are delighted to announce that a special panel of Brazilian legends has been confirmed for the Soccerex Global Convention (20-24 November 2010), Rio de Janeiro. The panel, titled ‘The Brazilian Way’ will be looking at the huge impact of Brazilian players and managers on global football, discussing Brazilian footballing philosophies and their approach to 

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26/3/2010 Brazil’s 2014 World Cup stadia will be better than those used in this summer’s tournament in South Africa, claims a leading architect… Fiscal fight between Brazilian states… Record profits for 2014 World Cup… More football stadiums for Paraguay. WFI’s Steve Esselink reports from Rio de Janeiro.