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Fifa confirms World Cup bids list

Fabio Cannavaro
Fabio Cannavaro lifts the 2006 World Cup for Italy in Berlin

Fifa has confirmed the 11 candidates to make official bids to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022 after the deadline for applications passed on Monday.

Nine are interested in staging the tournament in either 2018 or 2022, while two are just bidding for 2022.

Those to apply for both were England, Russia, Australia, the USA, Japan, Mexico, Indonesia and joint bids from Portugal-Spain and Netherlands-Belgium.

Qatar and South Korea have applied to host the 2022 tournament only.

All 11 candidates had already announced their intention to stage the game's showpiece event, with Monday's announcement confirming that Fifa has received their bid registration forms.

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The next stage for the applicants is to submit their bidding agreements by 11 December, with Fifa's 24-man executive committee choosing the winning candidates in December 2010.

"We are very pleased about the fantastic level of interest in our flagship competition, with all initial bidders confirming their candidature," said FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

"The diversity and quality of the contenders will make this a very interesting selection process."

Of the stand-alone candidates for either tournament, England (1966), Mexico (1970 and 1986) and the USA (1994) have previously hosted a World Cup on their own.

Japan jointly hosted the 2002 World Cup with South Korea, who are candidates for 2022, and Spain, who have submitted a joint application with Portugal, staged the tournament in 1982.

The 2010 World Cup takes place in South Africa, with Brazil hosting the tournament in 2014.

Under Fifa's rotation rule, that prevents African or South American countries bidding for the next tournaments.

Successful hosts must meet certain conditions if they are to win the right to stage the World Cup and provide at least 12 stadiums with minimum capacities of 40,000. The final must be held in a stadium with a capacity of at least 80,000.



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The race to host World Cup 2018
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Fifa unveils 2022 World Cup plan
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Gill & Mawhinney join 2018 board
12 Oct 08 |  Internationals
England to bid for 2018 World Cup
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Brazil will stage 2014 World Cup
30 Oct 07 |  Internationals
England gets Beckenbauer backing
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Blatter knocks England 2018 hopes
28 Feb 07 |  Internationals
USA hopes to stage 2018 World Cup
20 Feb 07 |  Football
Belgians & Dutch ponder 2018 bid
19 Apr 06 |  Internationals


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