Sunday, December 5, 2010

England Lost the 2018 WC Bid

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Travel disruption is already badly affecting parts of Scotland after more snowfall. And sporting fixtures have also been hit by the bad weather, with all six of the weekend's Clydesdale Bank Premier League games postponed. The only positive development is that skiers are flocking to Scotland’s slopes.

Two flashes of genius from brilliant Samir Nasri nudged Arsenal past Fulham at the Emirates and with this 2-1 win, it took them to the top of the Premier League table. He lashed the hosts into an early lead (14) after dancing inside two defenders. Sixteen minutes later, a clash of heads left Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny dazed letting Diomansy Kamara slot a slick but contested equalizer. Again, Nasri decided the match after evading past a posse of defenders before curling home a shot (75).

By now, the whole world will have known that the 2018 World Cup bid has not been awarded to England despite the English parading about with smug confidence. They were convinced they had the best technical bid, they swore they produced the best economic report, they had impressed with the inspection visits and they scored on their presentation. Obviously, this confidence was seriously misplaced because Thursday’s FIFA World Cup vote saw England obtaining just two votes, one of which was presumably hers.

No matter how strong the English may think their case is for hosting the World Cup or how well they had planned and prepared for it – the first rule is never take things for granted. And I believe they did. They thought they had sealed the votes because promises were made. Perhaps it is worth remembering too that sports have become very political. Especially, football. Promises that were made could be unmade. Was England so naive?

I am not a supporter of England but it is a real shame that the World Cup won't be coming to England in 2018. I would have loved to be there! And I also believe that England has everything going for her to host a successful World Cup! Certainly, England deserves this opportunity.

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