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.

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 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.

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.