This is really quite simple. We've been hearing for weeks that England had "the best technical bid". And I think the presentation was fantastic. And on that front there was nothing more the team could have done. The fact is, regardless of how good the bid was, this was always going to be a highly political decision. It is a well known fact that England is disliked amongst FIFA and the political witchhunt by the BBC and even, I would add, the unfortunate events that unfolded at the Carling Cup derby the night before the vote have undoubtedly had some sort of influence. And even on the day, the media were still referring to the event as "coming home" continuing to display the arrogance that it is supposedly a right, and not a privilage, to host the event. On the other hand, it could just be that FIFA have just decided to do what they are always trying to do. That is to grow the game further. And the clue is in the fact that two countries who haven't hosted it before, now are. It will now be 20 years before England are entitled to table another bid. Plenty of time for all concerned to analyse what they can do better next time. By then, Sepp Blatter and his cronies will be long brown bread, and perhaps, just perhaps, a new selection system may well be in place, or England will have to build bridges with the hand that feeds it.
Posted 19:39 2nd December 2010
Joseph Buchanan (Leeds United fan) says...
I cant believe Boris Johnsons comments. The CAPITAL still has the 2012 olympics. Then followed by LONDONERS love football. Is there any wonder we did not win the world cup bid. His comments are as biased as Sepp Blatter and his cronies decision to award the world cup to Russia. Theres more to England than London. the olympics could have been staged in Birmingham for half the costs. This corrupt government deserves everything it gets.