U.S. Expresses Interest In Hosting FIFA World Cup
By Dialogo February 04, 2009U.S., South Korea and Egypt officially make up the list of nations that have expressed interest in hosting the World Cup in 2018 or 2022. The president of the United States Soccer Federation, Sunil Gulati made the announcement on Monday, and soccer’s world governing body, FIFA confirmed that it has received "expressions of interest" of the Americans, considering that the deadline expires this Tuesday at midnight. South Korea shares with four other nations of the Asia-Pacific region, the interest of hosting of the event, including Japan, its co-host the 2002 World Cup, Australia, Indonesia and Qatar. England, Russia and Mexico also indicated that they would carry out their proposal. Joint proposals have been received as in the case of Holland and Belgium, as well as Spain and Portugal, however, the president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter has expressed his preference for the candidacy of any individual country. The nomination process will take 16 months, with countries that ask for the final submission of applications in May 2010. FIFA will announce the hosts of two simultaneous tournaments in December 2010.