FIFA team inspects countries’ World Cup bid
FIFA is set to inspect the candidate cities for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup in a headlong two-month tour. They are to view stadiums, facilities and presentations of each candidate.
The five-member FIFA team started in Japan on July 12. The team led by Chilean Football Federation president Harold Mayne-Nicholls inspected by helicopter a site in Osaka for an 83,000-seat stadium which would host the opening match and finals. Also included in the inspecting team are FIFA event management chief Juergen Mueller and marketing head David Fowler.
Japan is relying on its organizational, technological and financial influence to win the 2022 event, according to ABC News.
Japan vowed to treat football fans all over the world to ultra-realistic live three-dimensional broadcasts of matches, as stated in their bid book submitted to FIFA on May this year.
FIFA’s 24 executives will choose the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts on December 2 in Zurich. Other cities scheduled to be inspected are South Korea, Australia, the Netherland-Belgium (on a joint bid), Russia, England, Spain-Portugal, the United States and Qatar.