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Brazil and Germany Win

No surprise: Brazil gets the 2014 World Cup. (There were no other finalists.)

No surprise: Germany gets the 2011 Women's World Cup. (Canada was in contention.)

The official news is available here.

Meantime, competition to host the 2018 WC is already heating up.

By Steve Goff  |  October 30, 2007; 10:58 AM ET
Categories:  World  
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Japan 2018??? Well, that's one way to find something to do with all of those idle stadiums...

Posted by: RK | October 30, 2007 11:10 AM | Report abuse

From the BBC link:

"famous" victory in 1966? Like all other WC victories are shrouded in mystery? The English attitude toward soccer makes it hard not to root against them.

Posted by: Golazo | October 30, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Golazo,
Americans should not be casting the jingoism stone at anyone. As the home of the World Champions in baseball, basketball, hockey, stock car racing, and American football, such comments are beneath us.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 30, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Apropos of nothing whatever, what say you to the notion that host countries should still have to qualify for the tournament? If they don't, too bad, they still host and have a great time. If they do, they get the benefit of home crowds. This is not a problem when Brazil or Germany hosts, but I still have a bad taste from Japan getting a free ticket and a seed. This would have the added benefit of automatically limiting bids to host to those countries who think they can host it profitably.

Posted by: Troy | October 30, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

From the BBC link:

"famous" victory in 1966? Like all other WC victories are shrouded in mystery? The English attitude toward soccer makes it hard not to root against them.

Posted by: Golazo | October 30, 2007 11:18 AM

Imagine that, a British broadcaster calling the most beloved moment in English sporting history "famous". The gall!

Posted by: Kev | October 30, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

To complete the formality...

It's official, Brazil is the host for WC 2014!

http://globoesporte.globo.com/

Posted by: JP | October 30, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

i thought that fifa wasn't going to consider split bids anymore, but holland & belgium would be great!

Posted by: pat | October 30, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Make that 2 votes Holland/Belgium.

Posted by: spike_2.0 | October 30, 2007 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Troy, since every World Cup host has made the elimination games, I don't think it is an issue. I think it is the right thing to do.

But, say Be-ne-lux gets it, you obviously cannot give Luxembourg a free slot. And with the shared-country attempt, two feels a bit unfair (especially to the rest of Europe).

Posted by: RK | October 30, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Not the World Cup, but the host country qualification is already a big topic in regards to Euro 2008. Switzerland and (especially) Austria are pretty poor. Not only are they automatically in the tournament, but they're also seeded.

Posted by: Kev | October 30, 2007 12:19 PM | Report abuse

with the Women's World Cup in Germany the Germans are in a prime position to three-peat and officially take the claim as the best women's soccer country in the world.

I'm glad to see that this isn't the olympics where the US gets the games every couple of cycles. We have to be one of the favorites for 2022, right?

Posted by: diego r. | October 30, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Let's hear it for two straight World Cups in the Southern Hemisphere! I assume that Brazil and S.A. are cooler in June/July than Germany was last year. Hopefully that will improve the quality of the football played. Seemed like many of the games in the 2006 WC end up as endurance tests by two teams battling exhaustion, especially in the elimination stages. I know that the marathon European club schedules had a lot to do with this, but I think the summer heat contributed as well.

Posted by: SSMD | October 30, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Mmmmm... Dutch chocolate, Hollandaise and Belgium fries!

The "World" series for baseball was called that because the newspaper sponsoring it was The World. The name was popularized and we have the World Series of Poker, badmitten, etc. etc. Hey, I hate American xenophobia towards sports (and in general), but cut us some slack here.

Posted by: gallegoscot | October 30, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Horray for Brasil! They deserve it. Imagine the glory of a WC final at big Maracana one more time! I'm going to start saving up for my trip there!
Anyone know a good hotel in Rio?

Posted by: David | October 30, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"Horray for Brasil! They deserve it. Imagine the glory of a WC final at big Maracana one more time! I'm going to start saving up for my trip there!
Anyone know a good hotel in Rio?

Posted by: David | October 30, 2007 12:37 PM"
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Maybe Brasil can win it this time... or, then again, maybe Uruguay will get "lucky" again... LOL!

Posted by: Soy United! | October 30, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Golazo,
Americans should not be casting the jingoism stone at anyone. As the home of the World Champions in baseball, basketball, hockey, stock car racing, and American football, such comments are beneath us.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | October 30, 2007 11:36 AM

Have you been to a baseball or hockey match recently? Not that many Americans left. The US didn't even qualify for the world Baseball Classic Semifinals. In Men's hockey we are 7th in the world (and yes that is our A team).

Basketball and Nascar we are still doing alright at least until Brazil starts caring.

I couldn't imagine anything better than coming back down to Brazil for a World Cup. Although the FIFA Beach World Cup (also in Brazil) should be a good time next month. Goff you should come down to cover it!

Posted by: Southeasterner in Rio | October 30, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

England
Belgium/Holland
Australia
China
Mexico
USA
Japan
Russia
Spain

it shouldn't be china because Asia just hosted 2002, which rules out japan for hosting 2002. australia is wrapped in asia now, so i say they are out too. of the european countries mentioned, holland/belgium just cohosted 2000 euros, while spain had the world cup in 1982, far closer than england's 1966, so England is tops in Europe. regarding concacaf bids, concacaf has not hosted since 94, when it was in the US, so they are out, which leaves mexico who hosted back in 1986. which leaves us with mexico or england for the 2018 world cup
since europe just hosted in 2006 and concacaf hasnt since 1994, and couple that with the memories of the best world cup ever (1970) as well as the remarkable 1986 world cup, and Mexico wins the right to host the 2018 world cup.

in the future, i say that means england hosts 2022, and australia/china/an african country for 2026, definitely Uruguay 2030...

Posted by: john | October 30, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

John, your elimination of Asia doesn't make sense, since the most recent WC was in Europe. By your logic, you would have to rule them out, too.

Posted by: RK | October 30, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"in the future, i say that means england hosts 2022, and australia/china/an african country for 2026, definitely Uruguay 2030...


Posted by: john | October 30, 2007 01:00 PM"
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Uruguay would have to bid along with Argentina... no way they could host anything more than a single group there today...

Posted by: Soy United! | October 30, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

ya, agreed about england being ruled out before going against mexico since germany 2006. also agreed on uruguay size

just unfortunate because i would not wish to see argentina have to cohost a world cup since they are big enough to have their own...

uruguay 1930/2030 would be the ultimate though. maybe uruguay/paraguay...

Posted by: john | October 30, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

"uruguay 1930/2030 would be the ultimate though. maybe uruguay/paraguay"

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Dude, it has to be Uruguay-Argentina 2030 or just the Argies... Uruguay and Paraguay have no common border... names just sound similar...

Posted by: Soy United! | October 30, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Sigh. I posted my jingoism comment after it was clear from another thread that people didn't take their humor pills today. I have no-one to blame but...


the terrorists and their buddies in the Democrat Party.
(that was humor too)

Posted by: Anonymous | October 30, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

If you seriously think the USA is "out" you don't understand FIFA. The U$A will always be "in" for every World Cup.

Posted by: FIFA | October 30, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

And I'm sure FIFA wouldn't allow Bolivia...

Posted by: RK | October 30, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Well at first I thought, "why would they stop the rotation just at North America's 'turn' unless they didn't want it here?"

But it seems that within CONCACAF the fix was in for Mexico, and FIFA are tired of only having one bidder.

Posted by: S | October 30, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

gallegoscot,

I've heard that story about a newspaper called "The World" sponsoring the first World Series, but cannot find any authority to verify it. According the Baseball Almanac:

"In 1884, the Providence Grays of the National League outplayed the New York Metropolitan Club of the American Association in a three game series for what was originally called 'The Championship of the United States.' Several newspapers penned the Grays as 'World Champions' and the new title stuck."

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ws/wsmenu.shtml

Can you direct me to a source for "The World" newspaper claim?

Posted by: ho | October 30, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Soy United! | October 30, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Here's further support for ho's position:

http://snopes.com/business/names/worldseries.asp

Posted by: 22201 | October 30, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Let's say that Europe deserves the World Cup every 12 years, just because of the money they pump in to the sport. Here's how I see the future WC schedule, post-2014:

2018 - England
2022 - USA
2026 - Australia or China
2030 - Spain or Holland/Belgium
2034 - somewhere in Africa
2038 - Argentina (maybe co-host with Uruguay?)
2042 - Russia! (Global warming does wonders for the Russian economy & society)

Posted by: SSMD | October 31, 2007 9:24 AM | Report abuse

It has to be Uruguay-Argentina 2030. Both countries are like photocopies, you can't see the difference between them.
They eat meat like crazy (good meat!!), they like tango and mate. They have a lot staff in common and I think will be nice.
The problem is that I will be 57!!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 18, 2007 12:32 AM | Report abuse

The centennial World Cup has to be in Uruguay. Which, in practice, would involve either co-hosting with Brazil (which wouldn't make sense given Brazil is already hosting in 2014) or Argentina.

Argentina would be expected to qualify anyway so it would just be Uruguay getting a free ride - which is fair enough.

Posted by: HotRod | November 29, 2007 5:16 AM | Report abuse

Additionally, NASCAR is not the benchmark for autosport (not even close). Formula 1 sets the standard (and no American has even come close to winning an F1 championship since 1978 through Mario Andretti... who was born in Italy).

Posted by: HotRod | November 29, 2007 5:21 AM | Report abuse

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