6/12/10 World Football INSIDER rounds up the 10 things you need to know about the global football business today.
2/12/10 England 2018’s slick presentation to FIFA featuring David Beckham wins praise from Sepp Blatter… Russia’s pitch touting plans to take the World Cup to eastern Europe for the first time fails to inspire. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson and James Corbett report from Zurich.
19/10/2010 Russia’s World Cup bid leader Alexey Sorokin says he “regrets” remarks he made about England, one of the three rivals in the 2018 race, claiming they were interpreted wrongly. INSIDER editor Mark Bisson reports.
24/8/2010 Leaders of the bids vying to stage the 2018 or 2022 World Cup talk exclusively to INSIDER about their chances and the challenges that lie ahead in the final 100 days of campaigning. FIFA’s 24-man executive committee will decide both tournament hosts in a vote on Dec. 2.
19/8/2010 The head of FIFA’s inspection team evaluating the Russian World Cup bid says he is “impressed” by the personal assurances given by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and hails the country’s legacy plans.
19/8/2010 England 2018 bid vice president David Beckham has called on his compatriots to support his country’s “Back the Bid week”, which starts today ahead of the FIFA inspection beginning on Monday… FIFA inspectors visit Kazan on Russia tour.
6/7/2010 Football Federation Australia launches legal proceedings against newspapers in the country’s Fairfax media group following a series of exposes… Oligarch backs Russian bid amid calls for chairman’s head… Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport gets behind Holland-Belgium campaign.
4/2/2010 Russian FA president Sergei Fursenko will decide the future of Guus Hiddink and play a lead role in 2018 World Cup bid… Everton’s 14-year search for a new home may be over… Arsenal expand presence and fan base in China.
22/1/2010 FIFA president Sepp Blatter heads to Russia to meet Russian President Dmitry Medvedev; former FIFA head of communications Markus Siegler is named as “special adviser” to World Cup bid.
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.