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Why Blatter's World Cup Expansion Is A Sham by

We are about to head into an international week, a series of World Cup qualifiers from all over the World. Football lovers such as myself live for these types of tournaments, they are bigger than all the big leagues in Europe, because they generate interest from even the most indifferent of football supporters. I however, fear for the next few major world tournaments. FIFA and UEFA have clearly made some fundamental mistakes in selecting the hosts for the next few tournaments, and I can only hope that I'm proven to be wrong.

We just witnessed a wonderful EURO 2008 this year. It was a great spectacle, lots of goals, great matches, upsets and surprises. The best thing was that it was relatively incident free with regards to issues off the field. The tournament was conducted in a peaceful manner, and everyone, journalists, fans and players alike were satisified with "Swissaustria". Fans travelled in numbers without any problems, and people watched around the world.

Everything was organised well and everybody involved could just focus on the football. This is the way it should be. Unfortunately, FIFA and UEFA clearly don't believe in this philosophy. These governing bodies would much rather secure votes at the next election rather than pick adequate hosts for the big international tournaments.

Although they argue that picking developing countries as hosts is part of 'spreading the game', the idea is not practical. Even though this reasoning is in good intentions, if a country doesn't have the facilities, or is unfit to host such tournaments, they simply shouldn't host it, or else there may be grave consequences.

Over the past few weeks, both the FIFA president and UEFA president have cast severe doubt over the hosting of the next World Cup and EUROs respectively. Blatter has come out and said he has a "Plan B" for World Cup 2010. Ever since South Africa was given the hosting rights there were doubts, with good reason. I mean would YOU give the hosting rights to a country which has the highest AIDS rate, one of the highest crime rates (50,000 murders per year is only the start) and one of the highest poverty rates?

There are regular black outs in the country as well, due to lack of electricity supply, and the corruption, don't even get me started. So what does this mean for the players and fans? Will the night matches be played in the dark? Will fans get mugged or killed while on tour? Can the players even guarantee their safety? Brazil, who will host in 2014, although a prosperous footballing nation, has similar problems in its country. Blatter is very insecure about South Africa.

Think about it, he's said that there is a 'Plan B' for World Cup 2010, and that there has always been a Plan B for every World Cup. Why would he then, out of the blue just say there's a 'Plan B' for South Africa, when he's never mentioned such a thing before? He is obviously worried about South Africa's progress. This could be a good thing however. Hopefully this is the kick in the pants South Africa needs to get their bloody act together.

Platini has also come out recently casting doubt over EURO 2012. There seems to be concerns over the stadiums themselves and the infrastructure and transport system. If the transports system is so bad, how can the players and fans travel, and if the stadiums can't be completed on time, well then, we have a major problem then, needless to say.

More recently, the Polish government has intefered with the country's FA. Under FIFA rules, a country's government is not allowed to intefere with its football confederation. Poland now risks suspension from FIFA and UEFA. Needless to say, this is a major blow for the EURO 2012 bid.

What is wrong with these governing bodies? They pick inadequate hosts for these major international tournaments just because it will be "nice" to have developing footballing nations host a tournament for once. I suspect however, as well as this lame philosophy, there may be a deal or two being conducted during voting, with each delegate saying "scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" so to speak, if you know what I mean. These hosts are being picked on a corrupt basis, without taking into account the people that matter, the players, and me and you, the fans.

Martin Sejas is the chief writer of http://www.SportsNewsFootball.com, a leading sports news football website known for its fearless and critical analysis of the major issues affecting the beloved game of football.

Article Source: http://www.earticlesonline.com/Article/Why-Blatter-s-World-Cup-Expansion-Is-A-Sham/400613

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Cricket World Cup †The Next Big Sporting Event by rahul kumar

The cricket world cup is one of the most watched sporting event of the world that organized by ICC. It is international cricket championship held at four years intervals that is the premier contest in one day cricket. The people of all over the world are most excited for this mega event. There are many sports to be played well countries wise like football is most famous in European countries, Gymnastic is famous in Norway’s countries and in some Asian countries, lawn tennis is one of the famous sports and favorable in US. Cricket world cup had first played in 1975 hosted by England. During that match, eight teams were participated. West Indies was won the match by defeating Australia. On that day the one day international matches was played 60 over each side. Australia is the most time winner of the cricket world cup tournaments.

The enthusiasm of cricket world cup 2011 is changing gears as the tournament moves toward near. This mega event has hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh together and will go on from 19th February 2011 to 2nd April 2011. The cricket has always a major attraction in India and Sri Lanka. The Bangladesh is also excited for this sporting event and cricket also grows well in Bangladesh. The team has divided in to two groups as A and B. Each group has seven teams. There will 42 matches played on this tournament. The finals of the Cricket World Cup 2011 are participated by all the ten Test playing and ODI playing nations, along with other nations that qualify throughout the World Cup Qualifier. The rules, restrictions, dressing codes have been also changed till date. The mascot of cricket world cup 2011 is an energetic and enthusiastic ten year old elephant.

The cricket world cup schedule has announced by international cricket council. The matches will hold in India and their sub continental country Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The cricket world cup 2011 dates will be commence from 19th February 2011 to 2nd April 2011. The opening matches will be played on 19th 2011 February at Dhaka, Bangladesh and Final matches will be played on 2nd April 2011 at Mumbai, India. There will be 49 matches played in the 2011 cricket world cup and 14 teams will participate in this mega event. People can also book their cricket world cup tickets from online facilities available in various websites, as is one of the leading international championships in ODI therefore, numbers of online gateways have come up with their ICC cricket world cup section from where you can check online live score and can also book your tickets.

The icc cricket world cup 2011 is the 10th big cricket world cup tournament organized by three South Asian Test cricket countries such as India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It will be the first cricket world cup co-hosted by Bangladesh. Cricket World Cup will use cricket One Day International format, with fourteen national cricket team scheduled to compete. World Cup will get place between February and early April 2011. This icc world cup 2011 will be the most viewed sporting event worldwide. The ICC has, in a promotional constrains, also facilitated batch tickets that will facilitate fans to follow their favorite teams all through their matches in the group stages. As the discussion of related topic you can get much information. If you want to know more about the cricket world cup you must view my web portal.

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The History Of World Cup Football by John Francis

The FIFA World Cup (often called the Football World Cup or simply the World Cup) is the most important competition in international football (soccer), and the world's most representative team sport event. Organised by Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's governing body, the World Cup is contested by the men's national football teams of FIFA member nations. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930 (except in 1942 and 1946 due to World War II), however it is more of an ongoing event as the qualifying rounds of the competition take place over the three years preceding the final rounds.The final tournament phase (often called the "Finals") involves 32 national teams competing over a four-week period in a previously nominated host nation, with these games making it the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world.[1] In the 17 tournaments held, only seven nations have ever won the World Cup Finals. Brazil are the current holders, as well as the most successful World Cup team, having won the tournament five times, while Germany and Italy follow with three titles each. The next football World Cup Finals will be held in Germany.

The first international football match was played in 1872 between England and Scotland, although at this stage the sport was rarely played outside Great Britain. As football began to increase in popularity, it was held as a demonstration sport (with no medals awarded) at the 1900, 1904 and 1906 Summer Olympics before football became an official competition at the 1908 Summer Olympics. Organised by England's Football Association, the event was for amateur players only and was regarded suspiciously as a show rather than a competition. The England national amateur football team won the event in both 1908 and 1912.

With the Olympic event continuing to be contested only between amateur teams, Sir Thomas Lipton organised the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy tournament in Turin in 1909. The competition is often described as The First World Cup,and featured the most prestigious professional club sides from Italy, Germany and Switzerland. The first tournament was won by West Auckland, an amateur side from north-east England that was invited after the Football Association refused to be associated with the competition. West Auckland returned in 1911 to successfully defend their title, and were given the trophy to keep forever, as per the rules of the competition.

In 1914, FIFA agreed to recognise the Olympic tournament as a "world football championship for amateurs", and took responsibility for organising the event. This led the way for the world's first intercontinental football competition, at the 1924 Summer Olympics. Uruguay won the tournament,before winning the gold medal again in 1928, with another South American team, Argentina, taking silver. In 1928 FIFA made the decision to stage their own international tournament. With Uruguay now two-time official football world champions and due to celebrate their centenary of independence in 1930, FIFA named Uruguay as the host country.

The 1932 Summer Olympics, held in Los Angeles, did not plan to include football as part of the programme due to the low popularity of football in the United States. FIFA and the IOC also disagreed over the status of amateur players, and so football was dropped from the Games.FIFA president Jules Rimet thus set about organising the inaugural World Cup tournament to be held in Uruguay in 1930. The national associations of selected nations were invited to send a team, but the choice of Uruguay as a venue for the competition meant a long and costly trip across the Atlantic Ocean for European sides. Indeed, no European country pledged to send a team until two months before the start of the competition.Rimet eventually persuaded teams from Belgium, France, Romania, and Yugoslavia to make the trip. In total 13 nations took part seven from South America, four from Europe and two from North America.

A spin-off tournament, the FIFA Women's World Cup, was first held in 1991. It is similar to the men's tournament in format, but so far has not generated the same level of interest.

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