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3.12.2009

Blatter: I want to see only single nation World Cup bids

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Polemic and powerful, Swiss Josepp Blatter has reiterated his preference for single-nation candidates for the 2018 and 2022 Football World Cups.

This was said in regard of Spain and Portugal, as well as the Netherlands and Belgium, who have both submitted joint bids for the upcoming World Cups. Blatter says FIFA made a decision in 2006 to favour single bids, after South Korea and Japan jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup.

The FIFA president stated that in 2002, there were sporting and political reasons to share it.

However, FIFA found instead of one World Cup in two countries, it ended up being two World Cups in two countries, two organising committees and twice the expense."

Sepp Blatter is convinced that any joint bids would only be accepted if one or both countries could also stage it alone. Interesting position, that will cause lots of talk around the globe. And we know, that's football.

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