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British Sports Minister Backs England 2018 Bid
BBC Sports, July 20th, 2006 3:39PM

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British Sports Minister Richard Caborn says there is "a very good chance" England will bid to host the 2018 World Cup. "As Sports Minister, I'd be disappointed if we didn't [bid] because I'd be at the forefront of pushing it," he said. With storied grounds like Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and Anfield, not to mention a renovated Wembley Stadium, England already lays claim to some of the most impressive stadia in the world. A bid for the tournament is still a long ways away (probably 2009), but a study is now being conducted to look into the costs and benefits associated with hosting the tournament in 12 year's time. The next FIFA World Cup is to be held in South Africa; FIFA has already deemed that the 2014 tournament will be held in South America, most likely Brazil. Britain is already hosting the 2012 Olympic Games, which will be based in London. Caborn says the Olympics will provide a solid test of the country's ability to host a major tournament. The soccer games at the Olympics will take place in Hampden Park in Glasgow, the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, Aston Villa's stadium in Birmingham and Wembley, in London. So far, Australia has also expressed an interest in bidding on the 2018 World Cup Read the original story...


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