13/10/2010 Australia’s bid chief Frank Lowy believes his country’s withdrawal from the 2018 race has won the support of some European FIFA Ex-co members… Lowy hits back at “unwelcome snipe” from USA.
7/10/2010 World Cup bid leaders from eight of the nine candidates for the 2018 and 2022 finals came face to face for the first time in the race to host world sport’s biggest competition. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports from Leaders in Football in London.
11/9/2010 US World Cup bid CEO David Downs tells INSIDER that the legacy aspect of his bid is anything but a weakness after FIFA apparently cast doubt on the strength of its international legacy case… No change on 2018 position after Sepp Blatter says those finals will go to Europe.
10/9/2010 FIFA inspection leader Harold Mayne-Nicholls urges US World Cup bid leaders to reconsider the legacy aspect of their efforts to win the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports on-the-scene from Houston.
8/9/10 As they continue their four-day tour of the US World Cup bid, FIFA’s six-man inspection team will breakfast at the White House today with a Washington VIP. Whether that means President Obama remains anyone’s guess.
1/9/2010 American Airlines is the latest sponsor of the US World Cup bid, the second partnership announced by the bid this week… Umbro has extended its long-running sponsorship of the England football team until 2018… CONCACAF seeks Brazil 2014 qualifying changes.
1/9/2010 Former Sydney Olympics Minister Michael Knight says Australia has all the right credentials to host a spectacular World Cup in 2022… Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho along with Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo sprinkle some star dust on the Spain-Portugal bid campaign during FIFA’s inspection tour… Holland-Belgium highlights green bid credentials
30/8/2010 Major League Soccer chief Don Garber announces a new eight-year sponsorship deal with Adidas worth an estimated $200 million. The USA World Cup bid will use the agreement to underline their commitment to youth development to a FIFA inspection team visiting next week.
16/7/10 USA World Cup bid CEO David Downs tells INSIDER about the huge impact President Obama and former-President Clinton have had on his country’s efforts to host the 2018 or 2022 finals and says the bid is in an “excellent place” less than five months out from FIFA’s 2 December decision day.
21/5/2010 US Soccer president Sunil Gulati, pictured left, tells World Football Insider that hosting the World Cup again would provide the “final steps” to making the country a football nation… Hails “phenomenal” legacy of 1994 finals and says America must build on it. WFI’s James Corbett reports.