Clinton to speak on behalf of U.S. bid

[WORLD CUP 2018/22 BIDS] Former President Bill Clinton will speak on behalf of the U.S. bid to host the 2022 World Cup when the U.S. delegation makes its final presentation to the FIFA executive committee on Dec. 1 in Zurich.

Clinton is the honorary chairman of the USA Bid Committee and has worked extensively on behalf of the U.S. bid, traveling to South Africa this summer to meet with FIFA executive committee members.

“I’m pleased to stand on behalf of our nation for something as important and meaningful to the American people and citizens throughout the world as the FIFA World Cup,” Clinton said.  “I am committed to this effort because I have seen firsthand the powerful unifying force of the FIFA World Cup, bringing together people of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs. The USA Bid Committee shares that commitment, and we look forward to expressing that commitment to the FIFA Executive Committee when we meet next month.”

The USA, one of five bidders for the 2022 World Cup, will make its presentation to the FIFA executive committee on Dec. 1. The Executive Committee will hear the 2018 presentations on the afternoon of Dec. 1 and the 2022 presentations on the morning of Dec. 2.

The executive committee will vote on Dec. 2 on the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and the announcement will be made that day at 4 p.m. local time in Zurich (10 a.m. ET).

3 comments about "Clinton to speak on behalf of U.S. bid".
  1. Ted Westervelt, November 9, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.

    Who is President Clinton's favorite player? What is his fondest soccer memory? Which clubs does he support? Does he know the name of the world record holder for goals in a top flight league season? Sunil Gulati claims Clinton a passionate supporter. Seems to me he should give SA a little interview so we can flesh that out for FIFA.

  2. Albert Harris, November 9, 2010 at 11:12 a.m.

    Do you want a loyalty oath too?

  3. Joey Tremone, November 9, 2010 at 7:48 p.m.

    And blood. Don't forget blood.

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