April 13 – Newly-installed NASL commissioner David Downs tells INSIDER his budding league’s biggest rival is neither Major League Soccer nor North America’s other major sports leagues. He spoke to INSIDER’s Americas correspondent Matthew Grayson.
The USA Bid Committee has announced that the campaign’s website, GoUSAbid.com, reached the milestone of one million supporters of the United States effort to win the right to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022. The United States reached the landmark less than one week before the FIFA Inspection Delegation arrives in the
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.
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.
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.
18/5/2010 Former US president Bill Clinton is tasked with helping to bring the FIFA World Cup back to America after being appointed honorary chairman of the country’s bid to stage the 2018 or 2022 tournament… Clinton promises packed stadia for all matches.
7/5/2010 US Soccer president Sunil Gulati tells World Football Insider tonight’s Mexico-Ecuador match to inaugurate the New Meadowlands Stadium is a major boost… Billionaire Alisher Usmanov invests in Russia 2018… Dutch PM hails “fantastic” Holland-Belgium bid… Frank Lowy says Sydney Fan Fest will help Australian bid.
19/4/10 Major breakthrough for Russia as Putin signs government guarantees… Qatar bid chairman Sheikh Mohammed emphasises football’s healing power… Gulati in South American mission… Anson grounded but indomitable…
26/3/2010 David Downs, executive director of the US World Cup bid, tells World Football Insider that MLS’s new collective bargaining agreement with the players union is benefiting the country’s campaign… Says the bid is in “great shape” ahead of submission to FIFA in May. WFI editor Mark Bisson reports.
22/3/2010 World Football Insider rounds up the 10 things you need to know about the global football business today.