Rodney Marsh: United States a certainty to host 2022 World Cup

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The destination of the 2018 World Cup finals is about to be revealed in Zurich, and for my money that destination will be Spain-Portugal.

But however it turns out, there is no doubt in my mind where the 2022 finals are heading – the United States.

The US withdrew their bid for the 2018 World Cup because, according to the chairman of their bid committee, Sunil Gulati, they had no chance of winning it and they want to concentrate on bidding for the World Cup after that.

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Oceania to miss out on World Cup vote

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By Andrew Warshaw in Zurich

December 1 – The numbers of voters at tomorrow’s double World Cup ballot will remain at 22 after Reynald Temarii dramatically refused to resign from FIFA’s Executive Committee leaving Oceania without a say in deciding the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.

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David Owen: Time for a changing of the guard at FIFA


The BBC’s Panorama programme told us nothing new about the 2018-22 World Cup campaign.

But it underlined the need for a changing of the guard in FIFA’s upper echelons.

World football’s governing body plainly has no intention of further investigating the nature of links between football officials and the ISMM/ISL sports marketing organisation which collapsed nearly a decade ago.

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Fallout from Panorama probe intensifies


By Andrew Warshaw in Zurich

November 30 – The fallout from BBC claims of corruption against high-ranking FIFA officials intensified today when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced it would be investigating those involving FIFA vice-president Issa Hayatou, who is also an IOC member.

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New corruption revelations rock World Cup vote


By Duncan Mackay
British Sports Internet Writer of the Year

November 29 – Renewed corruption allegations involving FIFA Executive Committee members surfaced today  just days before they are due to appoint the hosts of football’s 2018 and 2022 World Cups under the eyes of world leaders.

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