June 29 – Andy Anson is named as the new chief executive of UK-based Kitbag. It’s his first full-time post since England’s humiliating first-round elimination in FIFA’s 2018 host city vote. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
April 1 – Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov tells INSIDER he can’t make comparisons between the current side and the dream team of the early-90s in which he played… Oliver Bierhoff sad about England’s World Cup bid failure… Bleak future for Plymouth… Man City’s Kolo Toure goes on walkabout. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports from Manchester.
24/2/2011 Australian senators have heard how the country’s Governor General Quentin Bryce was “hung out” on World Cup bid D-day in Zurich, after Prime Minister Julia Gillard pulled out of attending just days before the 2018 and 2022 host announcements on Dec. 2. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports.
23/2/2011 Up to 3,000 Indonesian fans lay siege to the headquarters of the country’s football association demanding the removal of its president Nurdin Halid. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports on the federation’s leadership battle.
7/12/10 British media revelations over bribery at FIFA’s top table damaged England 2018’s chances of securing the World Cup, the head of Japan’s failed 2022 bid revealed today… Lord Triesman, the former chairman of the England bid, calls for inquiry into FIFA’s decision to award the 2018 tournament to Russia. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports
2/12/10 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin tells INSIDER British media coverage in the build-up to the 2018 World Cup bid decision was “a pressure exercise for the FIFA executive”. INSIDER’s James Corbett reports from Zurich.
2/12/10 Qatar bid chairman Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani says FIFA’s “bold decision” to award the World Cup to the Middle East for the first time will be rewarded with a spectacular tournament. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Zurich.
2/12/10 Russia wins right to stage the 2018 FIFA World Cup on a dramatic afternoon in Zurich. Favourites England suffer a crushing disappointment, receiving only two votes to be knocked out in the first round. Bid president David Dein said: “It is very sad.” INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports from Zurich.
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.
2/12/10 Holland-Belgium belied their underdog status in the race for the 2018 World Cup with an impressive pitch to the FIFA Executive Committee… Spain-Portugal lack punch and spark, but Angel Maria Villar Llona may strike a chord with attack on British media. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson and James Corbett report from Zurich.