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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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8 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    What about stadia in Scotland and Wales? Is there any reason why they all need to be in England?

    Surely the time has come for the World Cup to be hosted by the U.K. and not just England.


  2. 200percent says:

    You’re opening a can of worms there, Bloopington – protests from elsewhere about the possibility of other football associations forcing the four UK Football Associations to merge into one United Kingdom team.

    If it was to happen, it could only be with one other nation – because the hosts qualify automatically, you could hardly have four places taken up with automatic qualifiers (one of whom – Northern Ireland – has no facilities in place at all, and another of which – Wales – has one world class stadium, but no other facilities of note).

    Hosting a World Cup usually requires a complete renovation of all of the arenas concerned to bring them up to scratch. England needs – certainly in comparison with Italy (the other European nation most likely to bid) – comparatively little work done to its major grounds, and the required improvements to the transport infrastructure ahead of the Olympics should further strengthen any English bid.

  3. Thomas says:

    Very good analysis there. I find the only one city with 2 stadia rule to be an odd one though. In a country as small but densely populated as England, would it really be so terrible for Manchester or Birmingham to have two host grounds? The geographic spread would still be considerable. I wonder if FIFA could be flexible.

    I do love the suggestion of Brighton, though. Our ground is likely to be much more on the Bristol scale, however, and considering the planning nightmare it’s been getting it (almost) approved at all, a 40,000 World Cup stadium is a little too much to dream of. Of course, any new stadium at all would be a dream come true.

  4. Ed says:

    In my garden, in my garden!

    I would pick the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, myself. You can point to the 1999 Rugby World Cup as a precedent. Although it was supposedly held in Wales, England and Scotland chipped in with stadia, because Wales is basically a hill with 3 sheep, 2 blokes and the Millennium Stadium in.

  5. Anonymous says:

    With only one stadia per city allowed, could both Old Trafford and the City of Manchester Stadium be used. Old Trafford is in the City of Salford and the City of Manchester Stadium in the City of Manchester.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Correction to above, Old Trafford not in Salford, but also not in the City of Manchester.

  7. Ijon says:

    What about Southend?

    There’s an outside chance they’ll have a new ground by 2018 and the transport links aren’t that terrible. It even has an airport.

  8. 200percent says:

    Ah, The Stadium Of Sperm.

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