Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Mediterranean: 'On average, one migrant dies every two hours'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'A plea to Europe: Stop this tide of death'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'Europe's darkest day'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

EU set to launch antitrust case against Gazprom

Read more

DEBATE

Migrant deaths: What is Europe going to do? (part 1)

Read more

DEBATE

Migrant deaths: Has Europe lost its compassion? (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Turkey’s hidden Armenians search for stolen identity

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Xenophobic attacks in south africa prompt a regional crisis

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

José Bové: 'Four or five companies are deciding what we eat'

Read more

Portugal, Spain join forces for World Cup bid

Video by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-01-20

Spain and Portugal have decided to make a common bid to host either of the 2018 and 2022 football World Cups on the Iberian Peninsula. FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Spain would be a strong candidate with or without its neighbour.

REUTERS - The soccer federations of Portugal and Spain on Monday signed the document formalising the intention of the two Iberian countries to jointly host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup finals.

 

"We will create a joint commision to assess all FIFA conditions," Portuguese Federation president Gilberto Madail told reporters after signing the FIFA document with Spaniah counterpart Angel Maria Villar.
 

The winning bid will be announced in December 2010.

 

European champions Spain and Portugal declared their interest in hosting the tournament after FIFA said it would welcome bids for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

 

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said Spain, alone or with Portugal, were strong candidates to be hosts in 2018, as were England and the Netherlands with Belgium.

 
Australia, China, Mexico and Russia have also expressed interest.
 

Spain has not hosted the World Cup finals since 1982, but Portugal built 10 new stadiums to host the European Championship in 2004.

 

The 2010 World Cup will be held in South Africa while Brazil will host the 2014 tournament.

Date created : 2009-01-20

COMMENT(S)