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post Feb 23 2015, 08:34 PM
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Still a joke it's being held in Qatar.
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post Feb 24 2015, 01:14 PM
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A November start with the final on Friday 23 December now looks probable.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/31600194

That would mean losing the Christmas / New Year programme (for the top two divisions at least). However, the FA Cup 3rd round could conceivably still be on the first Saturday in January 2023 as it would be just over two weeks after the final.
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post Feb 24 2015, 01:20 PM
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A Christmas World Cup would certainly be unique.

What baffles me is that Australia were certainly the perfect host for 2022 - at least they qualify for World Cups and have some of the most famous stadiums in the world. Money talks I guess.
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post Feb 24 2015, 01:26 PM
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I'm not against the principle of a winter World Cup. However, I do think that the hosts should be a country with a record of qualifying for a minimum number of recent tournaments. Qatar have never even come close, so they should have been ruled out for that reason.
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QUOTE(Suedehead2 @ Feb 24 2015, 01:26 PM) *
I'm not against the principle of a winter World Cup. However, I do think that the hosts should be a country with a record of qualifying for a minimum number of recent tournaments. Qatar have never even come close, so they should have been ruled out for that reason.


In that case, the United States, Japan and South Africa would have been discounted from hosting. Even France in 1998 had not qualified for 12 years beforehand! (they are World Cup fixtures though tbf).
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post Feb 27 2015, 02:57 PM
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Sepp Blatter has said that the final should be no later than 18 December. That would allow at least part of the Christmas / New Year programme to go ahead. There could be a provision for any clubs with several players involved in the final / 3rd place play-off to postpone one or more games.
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post Feb 27 2015, 08:03 PM
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Money beckons doesn't it with Qatar? What happened with those air-conditioning stadiums that was going to happen in Qatar. Still four and a quarter years later and we still don't know when the tournament will start. Surely if they were going to bid for the tournament they would have requested to FIFA if it was possible to host the tournament in November/December.
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post Mar 19 2015, 07:10 PM
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The 2022 FIFA World Cup final date finally looks set to be played on the 18th of December.

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post Mar 26 2015, 12:06 PM
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Could there be a possibility of England bidding for the 2026 World Cup:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/32040304
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post Mar 27 2015, 06:06 PM
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In short, no. Greg Dyke has said we won't bid for any FIFA event while Blatter's still there! Apparently, the USA are considering a bid and its probably North America's turn come 2026.

He mentioned Euro 2028 as a possible though.
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post May 27 2015, 01:33 PM
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Seven FIFA officials have been arrested in dawn raids on charges that they received more than 100m in bribes. FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb is amongst those.

Also a separate criminal investigation is underway over how the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were allocated. FIFA have ruled out a revote meaning Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 remains.

The FIFA presidential vote though will still take place on Friday.

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post May 27 2015, 05:28 PM
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It's absolutely mental. This organisation is corrupt to the core, yet they have clearly fooled themselves in to thinking everything they do is legal!

If the Federal Government is on board, then they very rarely press charges without closing the deal.
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Surely they would postpone their presidential election vote on Friday with all this going on.

This article will probably help explain what's been going on:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-30...-president.html
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post May 27 2015, 06:21 PM
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QUOTE(Mack @ May 27 2015, 07:09 PM) *
Surely they would postpone their presidential election vote on Friday with all this going on.

This article will probably help explain what's been going on:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-30...-president.html


Knowing Blatter, I think he will try and do everything possible to not let that happen. Apparetly UEFA are threatening not to attend, however that might work in Blatter's favour.
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Tomorrow's presidential election will go ahead as UEFA have decided not to boycott it.

Sepp Blatter is refusing to resign after a request from the UEFA president Michel Platini.

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post May 28 2015, 03:34 PM
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they will all resist, put up a united front, cos it'll be like tenpins - they all must know of (even if not actually be involved in) the corruption, so they can't break ranks. Bad news for them is - HSBC (as usual a British bank is up to it's dirty neck in dodgy money, and as usual the Swiss are central to the organisation of corrupt money laundering) has turned evidence to avoid prosecution, along with a key witness, so this story will run and run and there will be more arrests down the line as and when other countries get involved.

Russia, of course, will do it's best to keep the present administration going, ditto Qatar, as they are "beneficiaries" of the current management. I wouldn't want to point the finger. I'll let the US authorities do that....
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post May 29 2015, 06:27 PM
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Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term after Prince Ali bin al-Hussein withdraw from the first round of voting.

Again we wait and see the fallout from the events from the past couple of days.

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Former Uefa president Michel Platini is being questioned by French anti-corruption investigators over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Platini, 63, was head of European football's governing body until being banned in 2015 for ethics breaches.

The former France midfielder and three-time Ballon d'Or winner has always denied any wrongdoing.

Qatar beat bids from USA, Australia, South Korea and Japan in 2010.

Platini is in custody and being questioned in Nanterre, a suburb in western Paris.

Officials have been investigating alleged corruption connected to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups for the past two years and were reported to have interviewed Sepp Blatter, the former president of world governing body Fifa, in 2017.
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