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FIFA praises Holland Belgium joint bid to host the 2018 World Cup

Harold Mayne-Nicholls, president of the FIFA inspection committee, has warmly welcomed the joint candidature of the Netherlands and Belgium for the World Cup in 2018 or 2022. “Both countries are now an example to the world,” he said. “They have made a good impression in presenting their joint bid to host the 2018 World Cup.”

Harold Mayne-Nicholls says “everything seems to be very well prepared to receive the teams and the trophy in eight years.”

The five-member inspection team already has toured three other countries bidding for the World Cup Japan, South Korea and Australia.

The United States, Russia, England and Qatar are also in the running, along with a joint bid by Spain and Portugal. Inspectors will visit them before the Dec. 2 decision.

During the four-day visit, inspectors toured stadiums in Antwerp, Brussels, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Eindhoven.

England, Russia and Spain-Portugal are all pretty good candidates. But Holland Belgium have a good chance for the 2018 World Cup.