Dec. 7 – FBI investigates the year-old bid process that sent the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 finals to Qatar … FIFA-appointed governance expert Mark Pieth says he will not ignore FIFA’s past … More in this edition of INSIDER Digest.
1/12/10 Qatar puts on a characteristically slick bid presentation to the FIFA Executive committee that places the country at the heart of the Middle East… USA outlines commercial benefits but Bill Clinton rambles over his allotted time… Japan make good pitch for technologically led finals, but is it too little too late? INSIDER’s Mark Bisson and James Corbett report from Zurich.
25/11/10 Everton’s head of corporate affairs tells INSIDER that the club’s new sponsor-funded retail, corporate and office development will give the Merseyside giants the “full package”… Hyundai sign massive partnership with FIFA through to 2022… New last-minute partners for USA 2022 bid… New store for Manchester City. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
23/11/2010 INSIDER’s comprehensive analysis of the full FIFA World Cup bid evaluation reports reveals England to be the strongest of the nine candidates vying to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments… Australia and Korea also come out strongly… USA, Russia have issues… Spain-Portugal criticised. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports.
22/11/2010 Mohamed Bin Hammam makes a thinly veiled attack on fellow FIFA Ex-co member Chuck Blazer as the World Cup bidding race enters its final leg.
18/11/10 Korea 2022 bid chairman Han Sung-joo has welcomed FIFA’s evaluation summary saying that it reflects the country’s “well-prepared” state to host the World Cup Finals… The US House of Representatives offers belated support to its country’s bid.
17/11/10 Several World Cup bids have expressed unhappiness with publication of FIFA’s evaluation reports, believing that it presents a distortion of the full technical reports circulated among FIFA Exco members… Australia and Korea given cleanest bills of health from 2022 candidates… Question marks over Qatar… USA bid criticisms less serious.
15/10/2010 The USA has withdrawn from the running to host the 2018 World Cup to focus exclusively on the 2022 finals… England immediately withdraw 2022 candidature with pull-out from other European bids considered a formality.