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Back Birmingham's World Cup bid
Birmingham has officially launched its bid to be a host city for the 2018 World Cup. Your votes can help get us selected!
Celebrities & councillors back the bid
As one of 16 cities vying to be chosen, Birmingham has until 6th November 2009 to submit an official bid to the FA outlining its facilities and plans for the World Cup.
The city's pitch is built on a strong partnership with Aston Villa FC, using Villa Park as the stadium venue with Birmingham's other football clubs - Blues and West Bromwich Albion - providing training grounds and camps.
There would also be four team base camps in the region where national squads would stay for the duration of the tournament.
Other plans include the NEC becoming part of the site of a national fan park. Some of the city's other iconic buildings and venues would also being used for major elements of the competition, such as the official tournament draw.
Back The Birmingham Bid
A host of football players, celebrities and fans from the area were united in their support of the 'Back The Birmingham Bid Campaign', which launched on 7th September in Victoria Square.
Jasper Carrott & Twang's Phil Etheridge
Among them were Jasper Carrott, Carlos Cuellar, Cameron Jerome, members of the Birmingham City FC ladies team and lead singer of The Twang, Phil Etheridge.
Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "Birmingham is an ideal host city. We've got everything, the transport infrastructure, the facilities, the expertise and of course a huge passion for sport.
"In Villa Park we have one of the finest stadiums in the country and as a multi-cultural city we can guarantee a warm welcome for any teams based in Birmingham."
Alex McLeish, manager of Birmingham City FC, said: "To all the good people of Birmingham out there, let's get right behind the Birmingham bid for the 2018 World Cup."
Martin Taylor & Cameron Jerome
Brendon Batson, former West Bromwich Albion player, added: "It'd be absolutely fantastic for Birmingham to be one of the host cities for the 2018 World Cup to see some of the best players in the world and have a major sporting event right on our doorstep so here we go. Please support the bid."
To register your support for the Back The Birmingham Bid Campaign, visit the website below:
last updated: 09/09/2009 at 13:42