(WFI) Qatar wins the right to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup, defeating the USA 14-8 in the final round of voting… Australia secured only one vote and was knocked out in the opening round… Bid chairman Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani tells FIFA boss Blatter: “We will not let you down.”… More inside. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Zurich.
2/12/10 Russia wins right to stage the 2018 FIFA World Cup on a dramatic afternoon in Zurich. Favourites England suffer a crushing disappointment, receiving only two votes to be knocked out in the first round. Bid president David Dein said: “It is very sad.” INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Zurich.
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.
1/12/10 Miguel Angel Lopez, managing director of the Spain-Portugal bid, tells INSIDER his team can see off England’s challenge to land the 2018 tournament. He says the absence of Vladimir Putin in Zurich indicates the Russian bid is “going to lose”… FIFA chief Sepp Blatter urges Ex-co members not to indulge in voting games. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Zurich.
1/12/10 The five 2022 World Cup bids bring out their big guns today at their crucially important final presentations to FIFA. The USA boasts Bill Clinton and Morgan Freeman, while Australia has supermodel Elle Macpherson. The 2018 bids present on Thursday. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Zurich.
30/11/10 England stretches ahead of its rivals with the USA just edging Qatar as the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid race enters the final straight. With just two days until the FIFA vote, the fourth edition of INSIDER’s World Cup Bid Power Index reveals our final analysis of the nine bidders. By INSIDER’s Mark Bisson and James Corbett.
England 2018 inches ahead of its rivals with USA 2022 just edging Qatar as the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid race enters the final straight. With just hours to go until the FIFA vote, the fourth edition of INSIDER’s World Cup Bid Power Index reveals the final analysis of the nine bidders. The INSIDER
With two days to the FIFA vote on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts, the final INSIDER World Cup Bid Power Index reveals major developments since the last review two months ago. England, Russia and the USA were ranked in the top three places in the Sept. 29 index. But as Tuesday’s edition shows
26/11/10 AFC president Mohamed Bin Hammam has confirmed that there is a mutual support deal in place between Qatar and the Spain-Portugal bid, but has denied any wrongdoing… Confirmation of deal follows months of speculation about collusion… CONMEBOL confirm support for Iberia bid.
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.