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Brazil By Itself

Following Colombia's expected withdrawal, Brazil is the only "official" bidder to host the 2014 World Cup. If, however, FIFA does not believe the Brazilians will be prepared to handle the tournament, guess who is waiting in the shadows? Three letters, first and last letters are vowels. For now, Sunil Gulati and the U.S. boys are concentrating on a 2018 Cup bid, but would certainly leap at the opportunity to host four years earlier, if the opportunity arises.

America has the stadiums and infrastructure to host a world-class event on long notice or short. Brazil, meantime, will have to address serious issues involving crumbling stadiums (including Maracana), inefficient transportation and a corrupt domestic league.

I've got a feeling, though, Brazil will present a very impressive plan and be awarded the 2014 Cup without trepidation by FIFA. With seven years to prepare, they'll be ready. After 64 years, the World Cup needs to be in Brazil again.

By Steve Goff  |  April 13, 2007; 8:04 PM ET
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