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Tomorrow FIFA announces who it is who will host the 2018 World Cup.

The three frontrunners on the final full day of bidding are England, Russia and the joint bid front Spain and Portugal.

And England have decided to bring out its three big guns to finally destroy the opposition.

Prince William, who is the President of the English Football Association, David Cameron, who is turning into a very good Prime Minister, and David Beckham, the world's most famous footballer, were all in the Swiss city of Zurich yesterday (William and Beckham are still there but Cameron had to fly home for today's Prime Minister's Questions) to do all the campaigning they can to bring the World Cup to England in 2018 for the first time in 52 years.

Becks today declared he wasn't worried about bids from other nations and said he would keep fighting until the whistle blows.

There are many who now fear for England's bid - which has undeniably been the best - after the BBC's Panorama programme earlier this week accused members of FIFA of corruption.

However, Panorama is only telling the truth (and may be the BBC's way of getting revenge at an organisation known for its anti-Englishness over the years), as football's world governing body IS a very corrupt organisation, and England mustn't feel too ashamed if they lose the bid just because they had the audacity to bring to light several examples of FIFA corruption (see Oliver Holt, below).

To try and repair any damage that the Panorama documentary may have caused to the England bid, Prince William this morning met with one of the men the programme accused of being corrupt.

William had breakfast with FIFA's Paraguayan member Nicolas Leoz as England looked to keep the momentum going for their bid. Mr Leoz was one of three FIFA members accused in the programme of taking bribes in the 1990s.

Mr Cameron today said the country would host "an absolutely first-class World Cup" if the bid to host the 2018 tournament is successful.

During Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons, he said: "This morning I returned from Zurich where I have been meeting with decision-makers, aiming to convince them of what a brilliant World Cup England could host in 2018.

"I do think that England 2018 has got a very, very strong bid if you look at the technical aspects.

England's bid was given a boost today when Russia's PM Vladimir Putin announced he would not be flying to Zurich when the winning bid is announced tomorrow afternoon. Putin has said he would only turn up if he thought Russia would win the bid.

The 2018 World Cup will come just six years after London hosts the 2012 Summer Olympics, making England this decade's sporting capital should it win the bid.

It is the second time in recent years that England has bid to host the World Cup. It bid to host the 2006 tournament but the German bid won.

Star trio put 2018 bid back on track

By Neil Millard
The Sun
1st December 2010


Back the bid ... Prince William with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and England 2018 Vice-President David Beckham

ENGLAND'S 2018 World Cup bid team were taking the fight to FIFA today ahead of tomorrow's final decision on who will host the contest.

Against stiff competition they were leaving nothing to chance with Prince William, PM David Cameron and David Beckham all putting in the legwork to seal the deal.

Becks today declared he wasn't worried about bids from other nations and said he would keep fighting until the whistle blows.



It comes after the Beeb scored a spectacular own goal by airing a Panorama programme using old allegations to accuse key FIFA committee members of being corrupt.

But this morning the Prince — who is in Zurich as part of England's official 30-person delegation — met with one of the officials accused of being a crook.

William had breakfast with FIFA's Paraguayan member Nicolas Leoz as England looked to keep the momentum going for their bid.

The talks were seen as an attempt to beat any negative perceptions of England's desire to host the tournament borne out of the BBC broadcast. Mr Leoz was one of three FIFA members accused in the programme of taking bribes in the 1990s.

Mr Cameron today said the country would host "an absolutely first-class World Cup" if the bid to host the 2018 tournament is successful.

During Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons, he said: "This morning I returned from Zurich where I have been meeting with decision-makers, aiming to convince them of what a brilliant World Cup England could host in 2018.

"I do think that England 2018 has got a very, very strong bid if you look at the technical aspects.

"We have got the stadia, we have got the facilities, we have the transport networks, we have the enthusiasm in our country for football, and we can put on an absolutely first-class World Cup."

Time is running out with a decision due tomorrow afternoon but the bid team are lobbying hard and giving it a final push.

Mr Cameron returned to Zurich this afternoon to continue his lobbying effort and was given a boost after Russian premier Vladimir Putin declared he would not attend.

Husband-to-be Wills will speak during England 2018's presentation tomorrow, as will Mr Cameron and Becks.

Winning the hosting of the tournament is estimated to be worth £3billion to the country from tourism and other investment.

Beckham also attempted to repair any damage done by the Beeb today by reinforcing his view that he thinks he can trust those voting.

He said: "I think that we can trust every one of the members.

"At the end of the day, they are football people and they are going to want a World Cup in the best country that they think could host the biggest sporting event in the world."

He added: "Everything has been positive so far. We have just been listening to the feedback and what they feel we need to push.

"We've done everything possible to put ourselves in the best position possible.

"It's just about putting the icing on it.

"All the way through my career, especially for Manchester United, I've known how important it is to keep fighting to the last minute."

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is also in Zurich. He said: "We are nearing the climax of the England campaign to host the 2018 World Cup — and it's white-knuckle stuff.

"With due respect to all the others, England has a terrific bid. We are a nation of football fans, with such superb facilities — notably in London — that we could host the World Cup tomorrow."

thesun.co.uk
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A love letter to Sepp Blatter


By Oliver Holt
Daily Mirror
1st December 2010


I have been unpatriotic. I wish to recant.

It is a crass insult to Fifa to say that it is the greatest sporting body on the planet.

It makes me feel sick to think that anyone in England could ever have put our 2018 bid at risk by being so insensitive as to suggest it.

Fifa is so much more than that. So much, much more.

It is the best-run, most far-seeing, intuitively brilliant, ­environmentally friendly, sexual equality conscious, racially aware, daylight-saving, job-sharing, liberal, fertiliser-free, organically farmed, fair trade organisation of any sort, anywhere in the world.

Under the leadership of the Dear Blatter, it cares little for profits and alliances with corporate partners who make soft drinks that fatten up kids and is concerned only with the good of the game.

The depths of its philanthropy make the generosity of the ­American investor Warren Buffett pale in comparison.

If every government was run with as much transparency and wisdom as Fifa, the world would be a better place.

The members of its executive committee, who will decide tomorrow which countries will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, are above suspicion and to show them the respect they deserve, we must call them ExCo.

None of them could ever be accused of venality, opportunism, free-loading, greed, self-interest or pomposity.

Anyone who suggests otherwise is guilty of a heinous sin and should be denied the right of free speech in perpetuity.

The Sunday Times should be closed down for the rank ­impertinence of suggesting a few ExCo members might be susceptible to financial blandishments. The typing fingers of the ­journalists who wrote the story should be chopped off and dangled from Traitors’ Gate.

As for the scum at Panorama, after the filth they broadcast on Monday night, the presenters, production staff and researchers should be staked out in front of Fifa headquarters in Zurich before the vote tomorrow and flayed.

Doesn’t everybody know that if an allegation against an ExCo member is more than 48 hours old, it is clearly trumped up and ­worthless.

The programme should never have been broadcast. It is an embarrassment to this country and it shames us all. The only ­consolation is that there are still some brave men and women out there courageous enough to start singing nursery rhymes and putting their fingers in their ears whenever they think the words ‘Fifa’ and ‘corruption’ might be about to be used in the same sentence.

In spite of everything, the Dear Blatter has been magnanimous enough to grant an audience to his underling, Prince William, and will even bestow upon him the honour of ­congratulating him on his forthcoming wedding.

He will also be happy to receive our Prime Minister, David Cameron, and forgive him for all the wrongs the British media have done.

So soon after Panorama, these noble gestures of reconciliation have strengthened the already overwhelming case for the Dear Blatter to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

And so we must never forget that we have only ourselves to blame for the fact that even though we have the best bid, the best stadia, the best fans and the best ­infrastructure of all the 2018 competing nations, we are now horizontal at the feet of the Dear Blatter, begging him for mercy.

We must acknowledge the ­irrelevance of the fact that racism is still a terrible problem at Spanish and Russian league grounds whereas it is a battle we are winning.

We must accept that the fact Russia may never be able to build half the new stadia it is proposing is something we should never have mentioned.

And we must accept that we are outsiders going into ­tomorrow’s vote because we were disrespectful and irreverent and forgot our place.

We must never forget that we did this to ourselves by loving the false god football too much and not loving Fifa enough.

All we can hope for now is that the Dear Blatter and the ExCo members will take pity on us tomorrow and find it within ­themselves to forget what the degenerates and the leftist ­revolutionaries at The Sunday Times and the BBC have done.

All we can do is promise to redouble our efforts to quell all opposition to Fifa in the years to come and hunt down like dogs those anti-patriots who continue to criticise the Dear Blatter.

Please, Dear Blatter, look kindly on our pleadings. Our devotion to you and the ExCo brotherhood is a matter of record. Grant us 2018 and our gratitude will know no bounds.

mirror.co.uk
Last edited by Blackleaf; Dec 1st, 2010 at 01:15 PM..