13 lucky for FIFA

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The race to host the 2018 and the 2022 FIFA World Cups is still wide open following confirmation that all 13 member associations that had expressed their interest in February 2009 to bid for either one or both competitions have sent to FIFA their Bid Registration forms. The member associations that have sent the required documentation for both competitions are, in alphabetical order: Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands, England, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Portugal, and the US. Meanwhile, Korea Republic and Qatar have sent a Bid Registration form for the 2022 FIFA World Cup only. " We are very pleased about the fantastic level of interest in our flagship competition, with all initial bidders confirming their candidature. The diversity and quality of the contenders will make this a very interesting selection process. This shows the importance of the FIFA World Cup as a truly universal event and the global power of this competition to help achieve positive change, in line with our claim: For the Game. For the World, " said FIFA president Joseph Blatter. The next step of the process will begin in April 2009, when FIFA will send Bidding Agreements to these associations. The Bidding Agreements will set forth in detail the agreements and information that must be included in the Bid Book. The deadline for the associations to submit the signed Bidding Agreement to FIFA is 11 December 2009.

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