So then, FIFA have made their decision, and have selected South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup. Excellent news as far as I’m concerned, because, although I’d have loved to have visited Tunisia or Morocco just as much, the journey to South Africa from London should be a great one.
There’s a curious echo of the trip to Korea, during which I found my grandfather’s grave in a small village in Uzbekistan, in that my grandmother’s grave is at the foot of Kilimanjaro, in a little village called Tengeru, where she, my father and my uncle spent the majority of the war years after their ordeals in the (former) Soviet Union. It’ll be wonderful to see her grave on the way to South Africa, if I can find it…
Bank Holiday Monday, 31st May 2004
Kick Off 2.30pm on the All Weather Pitches in the south-western corner of Battersea Park
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It’s Astroturf, so no studs!
The teams in Battersea Park, March 2002
So then, it’s just gone half-time on the way to the next World Cup, and Football’s Leaving Home is undergoing something of a revamp. To celebrate, we’re first going to play a memorial game in Battersea Park, in the same place where we played the inaugural game in 2002. Afterwards, we’re showing the one hour movie in the function room of The Prince Albert.
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I don’t know if this is true or not, but I heard on BBC Radio 5 that FIFA had pretty much decided to give the 2014 World Cup to Brazil.
According to the reporter, FIFA first decides which continent it would like to host that year’s competition and then invites bids from countries in that continent. The reporter suggested that no other South American nation other than Brazil would put in a bid. We’ll see…
Well, as I said, I don’t know if the report is true, but I really hope so – another monumental and epic journey to a World Cup lined up already.