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Fifa's 2010 World Cup report
Here is a summary of Fifa's technical report on the suitability of the five African nations bidding to host the 2010 World Cup finals.

The Fifa inspection team which prepared the report was headed by the president of the Belgian FA, Jan Peeters.

EGYPT

Boutros Boutros Ghali
Former UN Secretary-General Boutros Ghali will present Egypt's bid

Government: Total commitment to hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Public: Huge enthusiasm

Football Facilities
Stadia:
Ten stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
One under renovation
Two to be renovated
Three under construction
Four to be built
Some changes compared to the bidding file
Training facilities:
Very good; pitches must be improved
Standard of football:
Strong with good youth development plans

General Country Infrastructure
Transportation:
Capable of handling the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Telecommunications:
Will be capable of meeting World Cup standards
Hotels:
Excellent hotel infrastructure; more than enough rooms for all participants in hotels under contract for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Safety and security:
Good internal security system
Medical centres:
Sufficient good facilities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Finance
Budget for the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
Requires complete revision
Ticketing:
Good policy

Executive Summary:
The general public in Egypt is very passionate about football and spontaneously show their joy at the prospect of hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is largely for this reason - added to the wealth of history, culture and tourism in the country and the strong backing given by the Government to the bid - that the Inspection Group believes there is potential for an excellent World Cup to be staged in Egypt.

Despite the fact that at the time of our visit the country lacked stadiums suitable for an event of such magnitude and that we found a number of inconsistencies between the bidding file and what was actually presented during the inspection, we have come to the conclusion that Egypt is capable of organising a very good World Cup.

LIBYA

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
Fifa's team say Libya's bid is hinged on Gaddafi

Government: They are committed, but to their own Head of State's project
Public: Huge enthusiasm

Football Facilities
Stadia:
Eight stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. All to be built
Training facilities:
Not enough suitable facilities
Standard of football:
Good local football, without international success

General Country Infrastructure
Transportation:
With significant investment could be capable of organising the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Telecommunications:
Drastic investment and more qualified people needed
Hotels:
Not enough hotel infrastructures
Safety and security:
Excellent internal security system
Medical centres:
Some very good facilities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Finance
Budget for the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
Requires complete revision
Ticketing:
Whole policy should be revised

Executive Summary:
The Inspection Group takes the view that Libya would face great difficulties in organising a World Cup to the standards required, despite the spontaneous enthusiasm of the people, the commitment of the association and the huge financial resources available for construction of sports arenas.

The Inspection Group has summarised the obstacles as follows: lack of experience in organising international sports events, insufficient time to prepare the various cities in the country to welcome a World Cup, the enormous difficulties facing fans from around the world in finding accommodation, entertainment and leisure during their stay and, finally, the support from the authorities for a multi co-hosting World Cup in Africa.

MOROCCO

Luis Felipe Scolari
Brazil's 2002 World Cup winning coach Luis Felipe Scolari backs Morocco's bid

Government: Total commitment with full financial support
Public: Normal enthusiasm

Football Facilities
Stadia:
Nine stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Three to be renovated
Two under construction
One ready to start construction
Three to be constructed
Training facilities:
Plans must be completely reviewed
Standard of football:
Good international standard with normal local organisation

General Country Infrastructure
Transportation:
Will be very capable of handling the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Telecommunications:
Will be capable of meeting World Cup standards
Hotels:
Excellent hotel infrastructure
Safety and security:
Good internal security system
Medical centres:
Need huge improvements

Finance
Budget for the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
Outstanding presentation; minimum changes must be made
Ticketing:
Whole policy should be revised

Executive Summary:
Morocco conducted excellent promotion and presentation of the bid, in their 4th campaign. Furthermore, the 2010 FIFA World Cup is part of a new national development strategy, called Vision 2010, with a Government completely dedicated to this plan.

The project to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup presented to the group was clear, detailed and stable, proving its reliability. The presentation of the budget was outstanding. Furthermore there is a strong backing from the Government for the bid. The people are enthusiastic about football, showing their joy at the prospect of hosting the World Cup in a modest way.

Despite the very poor involvement of the Association in the bidding and the actual lack of football infrastructure, the Inspection Group's opinion is that Morocco has the potential to organise a very good World Cup. However, we do have some concern that three stadiums presented to the 2006 Inspection Group in February 2000 as under construction have not been realised at all.

SOUTH AFRICA

The inspection team says South Africans fans are passionate

Government: Totally committed to hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Public:
Huge enthusiasm

Football Facilities
Stadia:
Thirteen stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Three almost ready
Five to be renovated
Five to be built
Definitive number of stadiums to be decided
Training facilities:
Excellent facilities; some pitches must be improved
Standard of football:
Since 1992, successful come-back to the international football forum

General Country Infrastructure
Transportation:
Very good for organising the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Telecommunications:
Excellent facilities to handle the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Hotels:
Excellent hotel infrastructure
Safety and security:
Lack of security in the country, but authorities have the know-how and resources to manage this aspect during the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Medical centres:
Excellent facilities including those in the stadiums

Finance
Budget for the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
Must be revised
Ticketing:
Whole policy needs to be fully revised

Executive Summary:
If the World Cup is granted to South Africa, it will generate significant unity among the different ethnic groups that were separated socially, culturally and in sport for years. In addition, South Africa has a number of world class cultural and tourist attractions.

The project to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup presented to the Inspection Group, based on an excellent overall infrastructure, was clear, detailed and stable, proving its reliability. Furthermore, there is a strong backing for the bid from the Government. The population is very enthusiastic about football, spontaneously showing their joy at the prospect of hosting the World Cup.

Despite questions about security in the country, the legacy compared to the investment needed will be a great contribution to the country. The Inspection Group's opinion is that South Africa has the potential to organise an excellent World Cup.

TUNISIA

Tunisia
Tunisia won the African Nations Cup in their own country

Government: They are strongly committed to co-hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Libya
Public: Normal enthusiasm from people in the street

Football Facilities:
Stadia:
Eight stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
One ready
Three to be renovated
Four to be built
Training facilities:
Very good, pitches must be improved
Standard of football:
At the moment top in Africa

General Country Infrastructure
Transportation:
Will be capable of handling the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Telecommunications:
Will be capable of meeting World Cup standards
Hotels:
Excellent hotel infrastructure
Safety and security:
Good internal security system
Medical centres:
Some good facilities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup

Finance
Budget for the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
Requires complete revision
Ticketing:
Whole policy should be revised

Executive Summary:
The Inspection Group witnessed and listened every day to the interest expressed by sporting and government officials in co-hosting the World Cup with Libya. The Inspection Group only considered Tunisia as a single World Cup bidding country, as established in the FIFA World Cup regulations and the Tunisian bidding book.

This country has the splendid Rades Stadium and a very high level of football. But the Inspection Group feels that the commitment of the country and the Association is to co-host the World Cup. If they change their opinion about co-hosting, and they follow their bidding book they have the potential to organise a good World Cup.


SEE ALSO
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Fifa to reject joint bid
31 Mar 04  |  African
Morocco's World Cup marathon
09 Mar 04  |  African
Battle of the 2010 bidders
03 Feb 04  |  African
Fifa vice-president praises Egypt
04 Apr 04  |  African


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