Well 2010 is now a memory and we look forward to what 2011 will bring for football.

Looking back to the old year there were a number of memories

The 2010 FIFA World Cup

The 2010 FIFA World Cup was of course the big event but it was disappointing in many ways.

  • Spain were the best team in the tournament and deservedly won the cup but they scored only eight goals in seven matches while in 1970 Brazil won the cup scoring 19 goals in six matches.
  • The disallowed goal for England against Germany reignited the discussions on goal line technology and these will continue.
  • There were many complaints about refereeing decisions.
  • Hopefully we will never have another World Cup with vuvuzelas.

 World Cups 2018 and 2022

FIFA also decided the venues for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and there were a number of controversial points.

  • Russia won the right to host 2018 despite the FIFA Technical Study Group expressing reservations about the need for new stadia, the distances between the venues, the transport network and security.
  • The bids from Western Europe – Spain/Portugal, Belgium /Netherlands and England were overlooked as FIFA looked to widen the location of the host countries.
  • England, which seemed to have the best technical bid and had the support of David Beckham, Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince William, the FA Honorary President, gained only two votes and were eliminated in the first round of voting.
  • Qatar won the 2022 bid, beating Asian rivals, Japan, South Korea and Australia as well as USA, despite having critical comments from the FIFA Technical Study Group about the dangers of holding the World Cup in June/July 2022 when the average temperature is over 40° centigrade.
  • Suggestions are now being made that the 2002 FIFA World Cup will be rearranged for January/February 2022. This will have major effect on the top European and South American leagues.
  • If this proposal is accepted there will be no need to build the air-conditioned stadia promised in the bid.

The only thing you can guarantee is that 2011 will be no less controversial!

Best wishes to everyone for a happy, prosperous and peaceful 2011.

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