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World Cup 2018, 2022 hosting race heats up at FIFA

World Cup 2018, 2022 hosting race heats up at FIFA
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First Published: Mon, May 17 2010. 12 41 AM IST
Updated: Mon, May 17 2010. 12 41 AM IST
Zurich: Nine candidates hoping to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022 have begun delivering their bid books to FIFA.
Australia made the first presentation to FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Friday.
Four bidders from Europe, four from the Asian confederation plus the United States will file through in alphabetical order to present technical documents on how they would stage the world’s biggest sporting event.
Europe is favored for 2018, with England and Russia competing against joint bids from Netherlands-Belgium and Spain-Portugal.
Australia and the US also are in both contests. Japan, Qatar and South Korea have focused solely on 2022.
FIFA will choose the two hosts in December.
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