Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Song Remains the Same

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa is in the headlines yet again, for the same reasons. Today there was supposed to be a press conference that highlighted improvements and progress that the organizing committee and the country as a whole have made, yet the SA Organizing committee failed to show for the press conference. Not only did they fail to show, but they pissed the media off so much that the entire press corp. walked out on mass, after sitting there for 70 minutes!

This tournament is beginning to look more and more like a ticking time bomb, waiting to explode in the face of FIFA. The SA Organizing Committee is a train wreck, one that is worse than a Paris Hilton TV show. How do you fuck yourself this badly? They know that they have yet to receive one piece of real positive press, and they pull a stunt like this? Can they even organize how to make a cup of coffee without screwing it up?

Considering the situation and how this seems to be getting nothing but worse...here is my prediction for what will happen with the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

I think that by Jan/Feb 2007, the price tag will balloon to $2.2 Billion and keep rising. FIFA will have its elections in May; then in June or July, FIFA will do an "in-depth investigation of the ability and safety of South Africa hosting the 2010 World Cup." Blatter will voice his opinion against the inquiry, but will say he has no power to stop it.

By October 2007, FIFA will announce that based on their findings, South Africa will not be prepared to host the 2010 World Cup, and will now be hosting the 2014 World Cup. FIFA will then entertain any offers for an emergency host for the 2010 Cup.

Germany, France, England, Australia and the USA will be the five nations considered for the new emergency host. England will be dropped first as they are attempting to bid for the 2018 event (which would be a better planned event with more time). UEFA, wishing to see England host the 2018 event, will work to get Germany and France moved out of the running as well, in order to not jeopardize England’s bid in 2018.

That will leave the USA and Australia. As Australia would not have large enough capacity stadiums for a FIFA World Cup (and FIFA is all about money) they will be offered (silently) the 2022 World Cup. The USA will host the 2010 World Cup, at NFL stadiums and pretty much be out of the running at least until 2038 World Cup.

I know that this does have three Anglo nations hosting three in a row, but England isn't a lock for the 2018 WC, and it would make sense for Brazil to have that one, but then again, Brazil supposedly needs to build 12 new stadiums, so can they even afford to host the Cup?


Blogger Yzerfontein said...

It's disrespectful that they didn't pitch at a session they called, and I hope this isn't symptomatic of the way they're going to run Soccer World Cup 2010.

The costs are well within South Africa's budget, I don't see the cup being moved as a result of budgetary problems. Especially given that South Africa are running a fiscal surplus at the moment.

11:10 PM  

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