7/1/2010 In this exclusive interview, Alexey Sorokin explains why landing the 2018 or 2022 World Cup is important for Russia and talks about investment to improve stadia infrastructure, the lessons learned from two Olympic bids and plans to lobby FIFA Executive Committee members. By WFI’s James Corbett.
11/12/09 Russia’s sports minister tells WFI that Putin “will do anything that is necessary” for the bid; says fellow FIFA Executive Committee members are looking for “development and legacy” and his country fits the bill. WFI’s 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.”
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown vows to make it his “personal mission” to gather worldwide support for England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup.