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England given green light to bid for 2018

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It looks increasingly likely that England will bid to host the 2018 World Cup after Fifa president Sepp Blatter decided to scrap the rotation policy for tournament hosts.

Blatter did point out that England face stiff competition from the likes of China, Australia, USA and Russia among others.

But the fact that it will have been over 50 years since the country last hosted the tournament, will surely stand any England bid in good stead.

What's your thoughts? Will the English FA bid, and if so, will they be successful?

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posted Oct 31, 2007

I absolutely DO NOT want to see the soccer world cup held anywhere near the UK. All we'll get is the usual bag of hooligans and drunks. Take it elsewhere in the world, or better still scrap this parody of a sporting event altogether.

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posted Nov 1, 2007

starfiend do you really like FOOTBALL at all, obviously not as you cant even call the game by the right name. Why dont you comment on a sport you like and leave this 606 debate to the millions who do like football

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posted Nov 1, 2007

REXALL87......

You talk about the US having a solid domestic league.

I appreciate that the US is doing it's best to promote the game and I don't mean to over criticise but the fact remains your domestic league consists of 13 clubs, one of which is from Canada and another which is practically a Mexican franchise. This in a country of 300 million!

And it is so well grounded that the arrival of a foreign player in the autumn of his career is expected to have a seismic effect?

In the UK we talk about no player or manager being bigger than the club. That is what we mean by a solid domestic league.

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posted Nov 1, 2007

England stand an excellent chance, as by 2018 the world cup will more than likely come back to Europe, having not been staged there since 2006. Holland and Netherlands are not a big threat as FIFA are not keen on joint-bidders.

While China and Australia will be good bids, I think 2022 will be their time. Russia not sure they got the great stadia for a World cup.

England have the fans, the passion and history unlike any other football nation on this planet ( apart from Brazil maybe).

We waited long enough, learant from the 2006 bid process and 2018 should be ours.

Our biggest challange our not the other countries bidding but to convicnce UFEA and FIFA to give us the World Cup

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comment by andy (U10002734)

posted Nov 2, 2007

I'd like to see it in Spain.

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posted Nov 2, 2007


Spain in 82 was the best WC ever, even allowing for Mexico in 70 which had some great games and great moments.

Probably too much to ask for the same again. And the boys from Brazil that year were a lot better than the current side.

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posted Nov 4, 2007

The Emirates, Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford, New Wembley... need I say more?

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posted Nov 4, 2007

Longwane...

The Emirates, Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford, New Wembley.... need I say more?'

Well, less actually! Only two stadiums allowed in one city I'm afraid.

However the intriguing thing is everyone assumes it will be the Emirates along with Wembley. But should Stamford Bridge be upgraded in the meantime then due to the fact that Wembley and the Emirates are both in north London there would be a good shout for Stamford Bridge as the second stadium.

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posted Dec 6, 2007

Doesn't the host nation get a free pass???

There ya go!!!

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