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US focusing on 2022 World Cup bid

In the official report, that goes down as a Ronaldo-style laser into the back of the net

The United States withdrew its bid to host the 2018 World Cup in order to focus on the 2022 finals. That means two things. One, that Europe is guaranteed to host the 2018 World Cup (England, Russia, Netherlands/Belgium, and Spain/Portugal are the only remaining bidders). And two, that the US will likely get the 2022 World Cup, which is fantastic. Granted, the latter is only my speculation because I don’t think the US would withdraw unless it got Europe’s support. Then again, since Europe is now competing against itself, who knows if there was a deal made (I do think the US will support England for 2018, with the reverse being true for 2022).

So, what of 2022? The remaining bidders, other than the US, are Australia, Japan, Qatar, and South Korea. Of those, I think Japan and South Korea are longshots at best, simply because they hosted the World Cup in 2002. Australia may or may not have the stadiums (there are five with capacities over 45,000 and eight between 20,000 and 31,000). The weather will be fine, though, which is nice.

I figure Qatar will be the main competition, if only because of the money it has. The problem is the temperature, which is about 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), during the World Cup. That will necessitate covered stadiums, or very odd game times. Speaking of stadiums, there is only one 50,000 seat stadium in the country, while the others are either 20,000 or 25,000. I still think Qatar will be a serious bidder, but that the US will win out.

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World Cup 2010: Group E jerseys

On to Group E…

Cameroon away jersey for the 2010 World Cup

Cameroon’s away shirt is much more interesting than its home shirt. I like the yellow and the red stripes. The large crests are symmetrical and have the same color scheme. The shoulder has the same design as the other Puma jerseys. But the best part is the large green Indomitable Lion crest on the chest. Cameroon has one of the best nicknames in sports and I love how it’s represented on their jersey. This shirt is a win for me and I hope they wear it more than once in the World Cup.

Denmark home jersey for the 2010 World Cup

As shirts go, this is pretty uninspired from Adidas. I realize that Denmark typically wears red (which is fine) but the weird Tetris- or BlackBerry Brickbreaker-like blocks in the middle do nothing for me. It is, on the whole, quite boring. I expected more from the Danes.

Japan home jersey for the 2010 World Cup

Japan’s blue home shirt is excellent. The color is well-chosen and stately. And it looks like Adidas actually made an effort to make the shirt interesting. It’s hard to see but there are a bunch of small patterns all over the shirt; I think they’re in a darker blue. Of course, now that I look at it again, the random patterns could just be a bad photograph. Either way, I like the shirt’s simplicity.

Netherlands away jersey for the 2010 World Cup

Everyone knows about the completely and totally awesome home shirt. It’s orange and it rules. The name and number fonts are pretty horrid but the shirt itself is awesome. So I decided to critique the away shirt (which might be worn once, and only because Nike told them to). The white away shirt is rather plain, though I do like the chevrons on the front to break up the monotony. The best part about this shirt is what it doesn’t have: no stupid bells and whistles or extraneous piping or anything else manufacturers like to do now. This is another winner for Nike, IMO (could it be that Nike is actually making reasonably decent designs? Nawwwww….)

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