- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 3, 2010
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- World Cup bids
While FIFA won’t decide who will host the 2026 World Cup (man that seems forever away doesn’t it?) for a couple years, possibly more than that, one bid for that World Cup could decide the next two.
Simon Kuper, the soccer columnist of the Financial Times gave his leading candidates for the 2018 and 2022 bids today saying China would decide the winner of the 2022 bid, and that would be the US.
China isn’t even bidding for the 2022 World Cup but their interest in the 2026 will do wonders for the US’s chances. China’s expression of interest in bidding in 2026 will definitely trump the bids of the other 2022 Asia nations — Qatar, Australia, South Korea and Japan. At the end of the day the US bid will easily get the nod if that is the case.
So why would China trump those other seemingly decent bids for 2022? Simple, China is a market FIFA would love to cash in on. Just like in the Olympics, once China got more interested in it things got a little more meaningful all around the world. Soccer would be no different as right now China is far from a super power in the sport and are currently the largest untapped resource for FIFA. A World Cup there could certainly help change the tide of things there.
The other Asian nations would hate to see China stick their nose into this here. Japan and Korea look like an outside chance to me at this point while Qatar and Australia seem like pretty decent bids. But once again FIFA won’t go for a back-to-back Asian hosted World Cup.
Honestly I’m surprised we haven’t heard of a Chinese hosted Cup yet but the timing makes sense in a way. I’ve heard rumblings that the country would like to become a power in soccer and if anyone can do it, it would be China believe it or not. At the end of the day a bid for 2026 from China means we get the World Cup in 2022 without a question.