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England had best bid for 2018 World Cup, says FIFA official

England had best bid for 2018 World Cup, says FIFA official

December 22, 2014

LONDON, Dec 22 — England’s failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup “was by far the strongest contender”, FIFA official Harold Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying yesterday. “How could England have only got two votes? It was a big surprise,” Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying in The Sunday Times. The 53-year-old, a former Chilean football federation president, was chairman of a FIFA group tasked with assessing the strength and feasibility of the various bids for the 2018 and 2022... Read more

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Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) gets the puck past Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) in their NHL game at United Center. — Reuters pic

Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) gets the puck past Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) in their NHL game at United Center. — Reuters pic