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World Cup 2018 - London (Arsenal)

A brief look at what London has to offer, or not, England as its bid to be a host city for the 2018 world cup.

From Vital England:

ENGLAND UNITED - THE WORLD INVITED

Following the excitement and media saturation of the July launch of England's bid to host the World Cup Finals in 2018 or 2022, it seems to have gone rather quiet. This, I am assured, is because the FA assessors are wandering the country, checking the credentials of the cities vying to be hosts to the games.

Plymouth has now been added to the original 15 cities so that the list now reads:

Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle/Gateshead, Nottingham, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Sheffield and Sunderland.

FIFA require twelve or so stadiums with a minimum of 40,000 capacity for the Group games, including two that hold 80,000 for the opening game and the Final. Generally no more than two stadiums per city are allowed (though it looks as though London might ask for special dispensation to add other grounds to Wembley and The Emirates). So, if the bid is successful, where are you likely to be watching World Cup Football? Wembley (90,000) obviously will hold the Final; the semis are likely to be at Old Trafford (76,212) and The Emirates (60,342) but the other nine grounds are harder to predict. Lord Triesman has made it obvious that he wants as wide a geographical spread as possible so distance from London is probably a plus mark. Local infrastructure will have to include training facilities, base camps and fan parks. Transport links (local, national and international) and accommodation will also be of paramount importance.

So, in no particular order, we look at the current applicants as possible venues.

London likewise has stadiums that are ready, Wembley and The Emirates, and if special permission could be obtained then the revamped White Hart Lane (subject to planning) and the new Olympic Stadium could be added to the list. There have even been rumours that Twickenham would be considered - though I don't know what the 'egg-chasers' will think of football oicks at their stadium for the first time since 1909.

2012 will prove whether London is ready for 'The Big One'.

Full article: England - World Cup 2018.




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Writer: Ken Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 8 2009

Time: 12:11PM

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i would be more than happy for emirates to be used
heridreck
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10/09/2009 10:36:00

Thats very nice of you heridreck but mayby you should ask for Arsene's permission first.
Armory
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10/09/2009 22:54:00

I think it'd be nice to see the Grove featured in a World Cup. I can imagine some fans of the German clubs would've thought it's a quite special to see their home grounds when they watched the 2006 World Cup.
GoonerLou
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