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Joint World Cup Bids A Baffling Waste Of Time

The joint bids submitted by Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium to stage the 2018 and 2022 World Cups are a waste of time given that soccer's world governing body FIFA has already stated its opposition to such bids, writes Keir Radnedge. The countries appear "to have forgotten FIFA's earlier strictures that co-hosting bids would not be considered when single-nation bids were on the table."

Europe's soccer governing body UEFA is fine with co-host bids for the European Championships, but "the World Cup is a different issue entirely," he says. "FIFA officials and directors continue to shudder at the memory of the diplomatic delicacy and, worse, the horrendously high cost of the only World Cup co-hosting in history -- in Japan and South Korea in 2002."

Unnecessary extra costs are even less desirable in view of the global financial meltdown, and "it is difficult to imagine how Holland or Belgium could go it alone with a credible World Cup bid. Spain can, at least, dump Portugal and mount a powerful lone bid. Indeed," Radnedge continues, "it is baffling that Spain did not prefer this course - particularly since the Spanish Federation President, Angel Maria Villar, is a FIFA vice president, considered close to [FIFA] President Sepp Blatter and should have known his boss's feelings on co-hosting."

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