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World Cups 2018 and 2022

After what was weeks of “sure-things” and “lock” talk for the World Cup 2018 and 2022 bids, England and the United States

Lodging arrangements for 2018.

Lodging arrangements for 2022.

stand in shock.  Granted, the Brits were more odds on favorites for the honor of hosting the World Cup, but, due to corruption and intense media intervention, the Russians got 2018.  One has to wonder exactly how much money Roman Abramovich poured into their bid and the answer has got to be somewhere the realm of “a ton”.

Going further on that notion, Qatar, one of the wealthiest nations in the world, is planning on constructing stadiums of unbelievable proportions.  However, it begs the question just how they got the World Cup.  They are the smallest nation to ever submit a bid, let alone win; they have little to no foundation of football within their country and no legitimate facilities to speak of.  Granted, they have 12 years to do it, but the decision seems mostly like Sepp Blatter wanting to leave his oversized footprint in the history of football.

Two polar opposites for the two World Cups.  Russia is huge.  Qatar is tiny.  Enjoy freezing in Russia, FIFA.  Also, you know when they have to propose air conditioned stadiums, it’s going to be hot as hell in a country slightly smaller than Connecticut.

The decision for Russia makes some sense, but Blatter’s desire to spread the global influence of the game has overtaken his ability to think straight.

Consider the Qatar bid.  Average temperature in July is 115 degrees.  No infrastructure.  One airport.  One. 120th ranked team in the world.  And the ONLY bid rated “high risk” by FIFA.  Not to mention the “No Alcohol” policy.  This decision literally makes 0 sense.

Hopefully some do-good journalist goes Watergate and uncovers some misdeeds in the lead up to the voting process…

A guy can dream right?


Fun Quote – “I have an idea..we play Qatar in a friendly(they can even host it), and the winner gets to host the 2022 WC..wait, do they even have a team?” – Landon Donovan


FIFA President Open to Goal line Technology
July 2, 2009, 9:23 PM
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Sepp Blatter said today that he may consider using goal line technology in the future, after Kaká was unlucky not to have been awarded a goal in their 3 – 2 win over the United States in the Confederations Cup.

It was eventually cleared away by United States goalkeeper Tim Howard, but television replays showed the ball to have been over the line, although Swedish referee Martin Hansson was not interested.
The discussion surrounding the introduction of technology into football remains an open one, according to Sepp Blatter, but the FIFA president insists that it should be restricted only to reviewing controversial goalline calls.

Analysis:  It would certainly help get the calls right, but how would it effect the game?  Would we have to sit and wait in suspense as the central referee walks over to a TV replay box like in American Football?  But think about any time your team has been robbed with a ball that may have been over the line. Who could forget the Pedro Mendes shot from halfway that Roy Carroll dropped WELL behind the goal line, scooped it out and looked nervously at the side line official, who was fired.  Or what about Luis Garcia’s ghost goal against Chelsea in the 2005 Champions League game.  But also…has your team ever had the benefit of a goal that should have stood?  I’ll bet Liverpool fans are thanking their lucky stars there wasn’t any for the Champions League game (if it wasn’t in.  I’m still reserving judgement).  And United States supporters breathed again, when they saw the replay that Kaká’s header was actually across the line.

Blatter confirms that the goal line technology would only be used in determining goal situations.  But the feeling I get is that if the technology is there, a lot of people are just going to say that we have the power, we should use the power.  It will eventually evolve…

How much will it take away from the game?  How long until there are television replays? There would be no Hand of God’s, no goals that never were, everything would be as it should be.  There would be no mistakes.

But, as football fans, we have to ask…is that what we honestly want?