Recent World Cup Stories

  • FIFA president backs winter 2022 World Cup in Qatar17 December 2010

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has thrown his weight behind moves to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar during the winter to avoid the heat problems The move to holding that World Cup in January, first suggested by Germany’s FIFA member Franz Beckenbauer last week, is gathering momentum with Blatter...

  • England told to forget fresh World Cup bid4 December 2010

    England should not bother bidding for the World Cup again until FIFA change their system, 2018 bid chief Andy Anson said as English football came to terms with the devastating defeat by Russia England secured just two of the 22 FIFA members’ votes and were knocked out in the first round while Ru...

  • England lose out to Russia in 2018 World Cup bid2 December 2010

    England’s roller-coaster campaign to host the 2018 World Cup ended in bitter and controversial defeat in Zurich after FIFA’s executive committee voted to give the tournament to Russia Patriotic punters had plunged on England to get the nod in the 24 hours leading up to the decision and another w...

  • Prince William leads England’s 2018 World Cup presentation to FIFA2 December 2010

    Prince William led England’s 2018 World Cup presentation to FIFA by telling members: "I love football, we English love football and it would be an honour for us to host the World Cup" The prince, who was applauded by the 22-man executive committee before the presentation also stressed that Engla...

  • England odds-on favourites to host 2018 World Cup2 December 2010

    England have been heavily backed to win the race to host the 2018 World Cup and are 9/10 favourites with Victor Chandler to get the nod at today’s FIFA vote in Switzerland Spain/Portugal are 15/4 to come out on top, while Russia have been eased out to 8/5 after prime minister Vladimir Putin’s am...

  • England cut in race to host 2018 World Cup1 December 2010

    After drifting out to 3/1 to host the 2018 World Cup after the Panorama show, England have been the subject of a hefty patriotic gamble to win the right to stage the event following the efforts of Prince William, David Beckham and David Cameron William Hill have slashed England's odds to 13/8 se...

  • David Beckham hopeful FIFA will back England's 2018 World Cup bid1 December 2010

    David Beckham has faith that FIFA’s executive committee will judge England’s 2018 World Cup bid on its merits England’s bid is 2/1 second favourite with Victor Chandler behind that of Russia and ahead of Spain/Portugal in the build-up to tomorrow’s vote of the committee’s 22 members in Switzerla...

  • FIFA insist BBC Panorama won't affect England 2018 bid30 November 2010

    UEFA president Michel Platini has insisted the BBC Panorama programme screened last night should not affect England’s 2018 World Cup bid, but Victor Chandler have eased the odds on the tournament returning to Britain to 3/1 Russia are now odds-on to get the nod, with the Spain and Portugal bid n...

  • England to fail in 2018 World Cup bid?30 November 2010

    Following Monday night's Panorama programme, William Hill have lengthened their odds for England to win the 2018 World Cup bid from 9/4 second favourites to 3/1 third favourites Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe told Oddspreview: "While the programme did not seem to suggest anything which would hav...

  • David Beckham backs England's 2018 World Cup bid29 November 2010

    David Beckham has given a thumbs-up to England’s chances of staging the 2018 World Cup, saying he is “confident” but not taking it for granted that the bid team could win this week’s crunch vote in Zurich, as he visited the London 2012 Olympic Stadium for the first time Beckham played a key ambas...

  • David Cameron frustrated by England World Cup bid investigation27 November 2010

    Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken of his frustration that Panorama will screen an investigation into FIFA just three days before the World Cup vote England 2018 bid chiefs fear the programme will cause a backlash among the 22 FIFA members who will vote on the World Cup hosts – a number hav...

  • England 11/8 to win 2018 World Cup bid19 November 2010

    England are 11/8 with Victor Chandler to host the 2018 World Cup and with two weeks to go until the decision, the chances of winning the vote are assessed by FIFA expert Martyn Ziegler, chief reporter for Press Association Sport England’s hopes of staging the 2018 World Cup are on a knife-edge, ...

  • FIFA punish six officials over World Cup corruption scandal18 November 2010

    One of FIFA’s most senior figures has become the first official from the organisation ever to be banned for bribery after six officials were punished following a corruption scandal Nigeria’s Amos Adamu received a three-year ban and 10,000 Swiss franc (£6,341) fine from FIFA’s ethics committee af...

  • FIFA praise England's 2018 World Cup bid but concerned by Russia18 November 2010

    A confidential FIFA report has rated England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup ‘low risk’ both in terms of the overall operational and legal risk but has raised serious criticisms of Russia, it can be revealed England and Spain/Portugal have emerged as the bids with clearly the best technical reports...

  • FIFA to hold meeting to discuss World Cup corruption allegations12 November 2010

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has summoned members of the executive committee to a special meeting next Friday to decide on any action following the hearing into corruption and collusion allegations The ethics committee is due to rule on Wednesday into allegations made by the Sunday Times that two...

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