December 2nd, 2010
World Cup 2018: A Kickette Bid Analysis
Prince William (centre) and English Prime Minister David Cameron(right) ponder the horror that is David Beckham’s hair. (Getty Images/Daylife)
UPDATE: Just as we predicted (ahem) Russia will host the 2018 World Cup. Australia, the USA , Japan and South Korea lost out to that great footballing nation, Qatar, for 2022. Congratulations to them!
Your views on this, Kickettes?
The announcement of where the World Cup is going to be held in 2018 is one that has been gathering a fair amount of attention in recent weeks. (Obviously not in the Kickette office, where such matters are spurned in favour of speculation about short tents and hairdos, but in other football related media. It’s always important to remember they exist, people, even if their priorities are slightly skewed.)
Since we had a few moments spare before Selfridges opens, we decided to take a quick look at the contenders and assess their bids. Properly and everything. Without talking about abs. Can you imagine?!
But with their bid being led by Spanish FA president Angel Maria Villar and Portuguese Football Federation president Gilberto Madail, we feel that the Iberian bid has slightly missed a trick here. With all the pretty in Spain and Portugal, why not persuade a few players to turn up and press the flesh? Because you’re not seriously telling us that the delegates’ wives wouldn’t have loved the opportunity to have their picture taken with Cristiano, Iker Casillas et al and then wittered at their hubbies until they broke and voted for the boys?
Should’ve asked us, hombres. Lets hope you don’t live to regret your foolishness. (AP Photo)
England really want this. Seriously. The big guns are out in force for the final pleading, with David Beckham (football royalty), Prince William (proper royalty) and David Cameron (British Prime Minister, odd one out) all schmoozing the hell out of FIFA officials. But let’s be honest, after the ‘Panorama’ controversy in which the BBC essentially accused a bunch of FIFA officials of being corrupt on the eve of the vote, they probably need to.
This isn’t the only slight hiccup the boys need to overcome. After a superb game at St Andrews which saw Birmingham City qualify for the semi finals of the Carling Cup last night, violence broke out between City and Aston Villa fans. Flares were thrown, the pitch was invaded and the whole embarrassing scene was broadcast to the world.
Awesome work, boys n’ girls. Just fabulous.
Stability is the byword for this joint bid. Offering the most environmentally friendly tournament, Holland and Belgium also recognise the importance of wheeling out the famous names, with both Joann Cruyff and Ruud Gullit present at FIFA HQ. (Getty Images/Daylife)
Ruud has even offered bikes to fans to enable fans to cycle to games. The idea of completely sloshed fans weaving their way through the cobbled streets of Amsterdam on bikes provided by the Dutch Football Association is a winner in our eyes. Whether the FIFA officials will feel the same is another story.
The drama is at a minimum, the bid is about pure football. Possible dark horses? You betcha.
With ex Chelsea, Bordeaux and Fulham midfielder Alexey Smertin (left) leading the charge and the vast distances between stadia offered by the Russian bid, these guys are certainly outsiders. There’s also the issue of serious and organised football violence, on the rise in Eastern European countries and a big problem for the Russian Football Union. (Getty Images/Daylife)
We shall see, but for what is probably the first time in history, we find ourselves in agreement with Putin. We’re not optimistic.
The winners will be announced at 3pm (GMT)/10am (EST) and you can follow progress here. In other news, the USA are bidding at the same time to host the 2022 tourney. This is why we think they should win.