- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On January 26, 2010
- 2 Comments
- World Cup 2018, World Cup 2022, World Cup bids
Shocking news. Absolute shocking news. Okay, sorry for the sarcasm but the news today that an European country will likely be awarded the 2018 World Cup is really no shock at all. The rest of the world will likely have to just wait for the 2022 World Cup now.
“From what I’ve discussed with the president of Uefa, Michel Platini, in the last few days in Moscow is that only a European candidate will be evaluated for the 2018 World Cup,” Blatter said. “It’s still not decided, but it’s an idea to help facilitate the work of Fifa and its executive committee.”
Its hardly been a secret that Sepp Blatter and FIFA wanted Europe to host the 2018 World Cup. In their eyes going from 2006 to possibly 2022 was just too long of a gap to not have the biggest soccer event in Europe at least once. FIFA just didn’t like the idea of going three straight World Cups outside of Europe.
2018 is essentially a three-horse between England, Spain/Portugal and Russia. From what I’ve been able to gather on the bids it seems like England and the duo of Spain and Portugal are really the two in the running here with Russia’s bid likely to not be on the same level as those two.
What does that leave for the 2022 World Cup? It now comes down to Japan, Australia, South Korea, Qatar, Indonesia and the United States bidding for that World Cup. I honestly can’t see the bids from South Korea and Japan being able to out-do the US or even the Australia bid. No doubt the US bid is the strongest of this group.
We really can’t be shocked by this sort of news. For the longest time we’ve all thought the 2018 bid for the US was a longshot at best even though it was far stronger than most of the bids out there.
Where do I think the World Cup will go in 2018? England is still the best bet but the more I look into the duo of Spain and Portugal the more I like that bid.