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FIFA World Cup 2018 World Cup 2022 Bid and Host Announcements

FIFA World Cup 2018 World Cup 2022 Bid and Host Announcements

The FIFA World Cup 2018 bid winner and FIFA World Cup 2022 bid winner have both been announced. The winning World Cup bid to be host country for 2018 is Russia, and the winning World Cup bid to be host country for 2022 is Qatar. After months and months of buildup, hype and controversy, a suspenseful presentation ceremony and a nearly two year process altogether, finally the host countries have been decided for the next two World Cups, following Brazil’s turn in 2014, and this year’s South African tournament.

The announcements came live from Zurich, Switzerland, where FIFA is based from, and first included talk about the bidding process itself, and global football. FIFA decided to announce the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids together at the same time, allowing countries to potentially make bids for both at once before settling in, and allowing FIFA to plot out a decade of its future in one swoop.

The United States did in fact prepare bids for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cup before shifting focus to just the 2022 World Cup Bid. After eliminating numerous potential hosts for both tournaments, the final World Cup bids for hosting rights came from England, Russia, Spain/Portugal and Netherlands/Belgium for 2018, and the United States, South Korea, Japan, Qatar and Australia for 2022.

For the USA’s World Cup bid, the country made a final presentation which included President Bill Clinton, actor Morgan Freeman and male soccer star Landon Donovan. The strength of the USA World Cup bid itself lied in the huge stadiums and infrastructure already in place, as well as a growing base of support including millions of youth players, the presence of many of the world’s largest and most sports minded corporations and sponsors, and so forth.

It wasn’t enough though, and England’s bid to be a host for a second time wasn’t enough either, despite an absence dating back to 1966. Instead, FIFA decided to pick for each World Cup bid a country which has never had the privilege to host before, and it also steered clear of both dual country bids.

Winning the World Cup bid is of course a joyous moment for any country, but as with hosting the Olympics, the hosting “privilege” often ends up being a burden, with expenses that never get paid back, and white elephant stadiums which go unused following the tournament. Already, South African stadiums are vacant throughout the country, and the billions spent on stadiums and infrastructures is hanging over the country’s head.

Was the month long party worth all of the cost? It can take decades to figure that out, but for now, the World Cup bid winners for 2018 and 2022, Russia and Qatar can simply sit back, celebrate, and get to planning. Here are reasons why Atlanat, GA should be chosen over 18 other.

FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa

FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa

Yes, sports fans its finally here again: the world cup is coming! That means a new World Cup game is coming too. If you love the beautiful game then you will love this FIFA World Cup 2010 video game review. FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa was just released for the Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, iPhone, and the PS3 as the official game for the South Africa FIFA World Cup 2010. While there are many soccer games, since this is a World Cup year I think that if you are going to get any soccer video game then FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa should be the game.

The crazy thing about FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa is that it features almost 200 teams, in fact it features 199 which is all but 5 members of FIFA. The teams that did not make it were teams that did not participate in the 2010 World Cup Qualifying rounds. All the FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa venues will be included as well as one venue from each World Cup region.

The downside of this game is it is just a generic soccer game. If you already have a recent soccer game and don’t have much money or don’t like soccer that much, then even I have to admit that this game isn’t for you.

The graphics are amazing but nothing new. The music is new and very international with lots of music from around the world giving a truly international fill to FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa. I think the music is one thing that separates this game from other soccer games. While we are all really here for the soccer and not the music and the music will probably go unnoticed I still think it is a great addition and deserves to be mentioned. of course you will have online play which is a must these days.

Some differences between FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa and FIFA 10 is that the altitude will play a role in a teams stamina. Teams used to high elevations will play better then teams that are not used to it. This would be a little much for simple gamers and something I would expect for the hardcore fans but since this is a game that will be for hardcore soccer fans I think that it is actually an added bonus. Some tweaking has been done on penalty kicks and another interesting change from FIFA 10 is that they are reusing the scenario mode from the last World Cup game where you can play scenarios from previous World Cups.

All and all FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa is a good game if you like soccer games. Being the world’s favorite sport most people will love this game but being in America not so many Americans will be excited unfortunately.

Published by Chris Ware

Born in Anaheim California, moved to Northern California in High School. Attended many schools all over the US until finally finishing my bachelors degree. View profile

FIFA World Cup Facts 2006

FIFA World Cup Facts 2006

Italy’s Alessandro Del Piero scored the latest goal in FIFA World Cup history when he notched up a 121st minute sealer in the 2 0 extra time victory over Germany in the 2006 semi final. Two minutes earlier, compatriot, Fabio Grosso, opened proceedings with a languid left foot strike making it the joint latest initial goal in FIFA World Cup history. Grosso equalled the record with England’s David Platt who scored a 119th minute winner against Belgium in 1990.

In the group match between Serbia Montenegro and Ivory Coast, Serbian Nikola igic was a whole 39cm taller than African, Bakary Kone. For the record, igic stands at an imposing 202cm tall.

Sweden’s Henrik Larsson and Saudi Arabia’s Sami Al Jaber posted an intriguing record of scoring their first and last goals at the FIFA World Cup twelve years apart. The pair both opened their accounts at USA ’94 and never looked back scoring their final World Cup goals at Germany ’06.

Germany became the fourth country behind Mexico, Italy and France to host two independent FIFA World Cups; it previously hosted the tournament back when it was West Germany in 1974.

Penalty Shoot outs at the 2006 FIFA World CupFour penalty shoot outs took place at the 2006 FIFA World Cup the most at any tournament to date. Moreover, a total of five players missed penalties in the quarter final shoot out between England and Portugal; yet Ricardo rewrote the record books by producing three saves in the one shoot out the most of any goalkeeper during penalties at the FIFA World Cup.

On an embarrassing note however, not one player scored for Switzerland when it lost its shoot out in straight sets to Ukraine, 3 0. Swiss’ Marco Streller, Tranquillo Barnetta and Ricardo Cabanas were the culprits in this instance.

The joint quickest substitution at the FIFA World Cup occurred in Germany ’06 when English manager, Sven Gran Eriksson, was forced to remove Michael Owen when he suffered an injury in the fourth minute of England’s clash with Sweden. The lanky Peter Crouch came on for the diminutive Owen.

The lowest match attendance for a FIFA World Cup qualifying match occurred in the CONCACAF qualifier between Costa Rica and Panama when not one person was permitted into the stadium following violent raids instigated by Costa Rican supporters prior to the match.

England humbly lays claim to the record of being eliminated from the FIFA World Cup without losing a match the most times. It lost in penalties during the 1982, 1990 and 2006 FIFA World Cups and had not been defeated before that, meaning technically, it hadn’t lost a match in any of the three tournaments. Although it lost the third place match in 1990, it had already been eliminated from the tournament previously and therefore, the record stands.

It could be argued that England has been regarded as a consistent performer at the FIFA World Cup without troubling the final four too often as it can boast the most 5th 8th place finishes in the tournament. The Three Lions have finished within this range on eight occasions, which includes FIFA World Cups in 1950, 1954, 1962, 1970, 1982, 1986, 2002 and 2006.

Meanwhile, Korea Republic is notorious for making the FIFA World Cup, but failing at the first hurdle, as it upholds a record five finishes outside of the top 16. The Asian powerhouse meekly posted these efforts in 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2006.

Germany’s Miroslav Klose is only one of two players (the other being Peruvian forward, Tefilo Cubillas) to score at least five goals in two different FIFA World Cups since the tournament’s inception. Klose grabbed five goals each at Korea Japan ’02 and Germany ’06 making him the only player to score at least five goals in consecutive tournaments.

Iranian striker, Ali Daei, boasts the record of scoring the most goals in FIFA World Cup qualifiers with 35 goals over the space of four World Cup campaigns dating from 1994 to 2006. The former Iranian captain and coach helped his country to qualify for the 1998 and 2006 tournaments, while scoring an amazing 109 goals in 149 caps for Iran. Funnily enough, in Iran’s encounter against Angola, Daei had 40 more goals than the entire Angolan squad present at Germany ’06.

Four players celebrated their 100th caps for their countries in Germany ’06: Serbia Montenegro’s Savo Milosevic, Holland’s Philip Cocu, South Korea’s Lee Woon Jae and Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro all became centurions for their countries. Cannavaro in particularly would’ve enjoyed his 100th cap, as it was in Italy’s triumphant final against France.

Australia registered its first win at the FIFA World Cup when it overpowered Japan, 3 1. With ten minutes remaining, the Socceroos trailed 1 0, but two goals to Tim Cahill and another to John Aloisi confirmed the victory for the Australians.

Brazil and Portugal Establish Memorable Winning Streaks at Germany ’06Brazil retains the record of the longest winning streak in FIFA World Cup history with eleven consecutive victories over the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. Following its clean sweep of seven straight wins in 2002, the Samba Kings recorded a further four first up triumphs before eventually being overwhelmed by France in the quarter finals of Germany ’06.

Luiz Felipe Scolari set two remarkable records in achieving the most consecutive wins and also the most consecutive matches without defeat in the FIFA World Cup with eleven wins and twelve matches respectively over the course of Korea/Japan ’02 and Germany ’06. Scolari guided Brazil to seven wins from seven matches before leading Portugal to four consecutive wins in Germany ’06, where the West Iberians’ won on penalties against England (which as previously stated, technically goes down as a draw).

Portugal established the unusual record of appearing in consecutive World Cup matches without drawing when it either won or lost 16 matches in a row spanning 40 years from 1966 to 2006. After defeating Hungary, 3 1, in England in 1966, the Portuguese record was brought to an end in the quarter final of Germany ’06 when, as mentioned earlier, they coincidentally defeated England.