Up for the Cup: then there were 12

Twelve cities have been put forward as part of
England’s official bid to host the
2018 World Cup finals.

Derby, Leicester and Hull missed the latest
cut, as 15 contenders were whittled down at a meeting at the Queen Elizabeth II
Conference Centre in London today.

England 2018 deputy chairman Lord Mawhinney, announcing
the successful candidates, which included Milton Keynes, Plymouth and several
venues yet to be built, said: “England’s fortunate to have so many good stadia
and I would like to congratulate all of the applicant host cities for the seven
months of really hard work they have put in.

“We have chosen cities which present the lowest possible
risk to FIFA, and it’s FIFA who will make the final decision. There will also be
a lot of disappointed football fans around the country I understand that – and
if I was a fan of theirs I would be just as

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson was pleased that the
capital had four stadia still in the running.

“With some of the finest stadia in the world and a
passionate fan base for every team in the World Cup, London will offer an
unrivalled backdrop to the thrilling action on the pitch. If the World Cup comes
to the capital it will be a once in lifetime football experience for players and
fans alike.”

It is estimated that if England win the rights to stage the 2018 FIFA
World Cup, a Host
City can expect to benefit
from a £200m boost to its economy.

Leader of Liverpool City Council, Warren Bradley, was
relieved for his city to qualify. “Liverpool eats, drinks and sleeps football
and today’s decision is one of those happy occasions which unites us all and one
which every fan, be they blue or red, can celebrate. In fact, even if you don’t
like football, there’s still plenty to celebrate because of the huge economic
boost it will bring.”

England will put forward its official bid in May 2010 and FIFA will announce
the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup in December 2010. 

List of venues in full:

Sunderland –
Stadium of Light

London – Wembley

Birmingham – Villa Park

Manchester – City of Manchester Stadium

Nottingham – New Nottingham Forest

London – Emirates Stadium

Leeds –

Sheffield –

Newcastle/Gateshead – St James’

Bristol – New Ashton Vale Stadium

London – New White Hart
Lane Stadium or Olympic Stadium

Plymouth – Home

Manchester – Old Trafford

Liverpool –
Anfield or New Anfield

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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