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England’s bid to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup

With the World Cup in South Africa approaching and Brazil in 4 years, I have decided to check out England’s bid and chances of hosting this fantastic tournament. England’s biggest threat to host this tournament comes from Australia, Russia and Portugal and Spain. Other bids include Belgium and Holland, Japan and USA, while Qatar and South Korea are bidding for only the 2022 World Cup.

Football - England striker Wayne Rooney welcomed the authentic, solid gold FIFA World Cup Trophy to London today as part of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca


It has been a long journey so far to attempt to host the World Cup.


The bid was first announced on the 21st October 2007 when the FA announced their intention to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022. It was first discussed in as early as 2004 when FIFA officials said they would be interested in an English bid. The next time when it was mentioned that England should host the World Cup, was when then chancellor and now Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Tessa Jowell announced that they were investigating the possibility of bidding. Two further intentions like this were made in 2006 before the British Government announced that the bid would be English based only. Sepp Blatter, the head of FIFA, said that he would welcome a bid from the “homeland of football”. He then met up with Gordon Brown in late 2007 to discuss this issue.


In 2008, England released a 63 page dossier on how this will help the development of football internationally. In the same year, they announced the executive board for the World Cup and this included Lord Triesman, the head of the Premier League Sir Dave Richards, Lord Mahwinney, the chairmen of the Football League, Manchester United chief executive David Gill, Minister for Sport Gerry Sutcliffe, the deputy chairmen of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Sir Keith Mills, Simon Johnson, Baroness Amos and Sir Martin Sorrell.


In early 2009, England announced that they had officially submitted their bid to FIFA and Ricahrd Carbon stepped down as Sports Minister to lead England’s bid to stage the World Cup in 2018 and 2022. This year was also the first time the bid was officially presented was in the Bobby Moore Room at Wembley on the 18th May by Adrian Chiles. Other people to have joined this venture since then include the vice president of FIFA Geoffrey Thompson, Sebastian Coe, Paul Elliott and Andy Anson amongst others. Ronnie Flanagan also joined the bid as an advisor on safety and security.

The vice presidents of the bids are former players David Beckham and John Barnes, managers of England’s men and women team Fabio Capello and Hope Powell, Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the PFA, Peter Kenyon, the chief executive of Chelsea and formerly Manchester United, the chief executive of Tesco Terry Leahy and economist Nicholas Stern.

PM Joins stars in world cup bid

Many famous people, players and managers past and present have announced their support of the bid. Some of the people to have done so are Prince William, party leaders Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola, former Tottenham midfielders David Ginola and Ossie Ardiles, Chelsea trio Michael Ballack, John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien.

My final view at England’s World Cup is the venues. With 15 stadiums from 12 cities to choose from it will be a tough choice. In London, there are three stadiums to choose from including Wembley, the stadium that will probably be the one hosting the final. The other stadiums from London would are the Olympic Stadium with a capacity of 10,000 less than Wembley and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. The other definite stadium would be Old Trafford from Manchester, but Manchester City’s City of Manchester Stadium could get in as a second for Manchester. There will also be a stadium from Liverpool, whether it be Anfield are the proposed Stanley Park Stadium. There will be another stadium situated in the north of the country, with this a two horse race between Newcastle’s St James Park or Sunderland’s Stadium of Light. From the Midlands, there are three stadiums to choose from, but probably only one will be chosen. Aston Villa’s Villa Park and Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough are subject to expansion and a new Nottingham Forest stadium. Fromm the south of the country, a stadium could possibly chosen based on location, not on stadium quality. Plymouth’s Home Park has plans to expand and Bristol City are planning a new stadium to replace Ashton Gate. From Yorkshire, Leeds United’s Elland’s Road has proposed an expansion of the stadium for the World Cup. Other than Plymouth, the other shock city candidate was Milton Keynes, who are extending their stadium to double the current 22,000 capacity. Some shock cities to miss out on becoming a World Cup city are Derby, Leicester and Tottenham’s proposed stadium.

Football - England 2018 World Cup Bid Official Launch 18/05/2009

One of England’s most loved writers was William Shakespeare who once quoted in one of his poems to be or not to be. This is England’s time and on 2nd December 2010, this will be the only thing on my mind.

You can ask questions on the World Cup, English or World football or anything about football in general or anything related with football by commenting on this blog and a few will be answered in my next blogand whatever you do, back the bid.

Football - England 2018 Bid Team

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