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Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Real Cost of Hosting A World Cup

We all love football, right? But sometimes, a little bit of perspective is needed.

England, as you no doubt know, is competing with Mexico, the USA and other nations, to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup Finals.

Any idea how much such an undertaking might cost the government - or rather us, the taxpayers. Well, this governmental feasability study suggests costs of around £674million pounds. Ouch.

Still think it's worth it? Well, maybe it is, but spare a thought for Indonesia who have just had their bid for the 2022 World Cup finals squashed by FIFA.

The reason? Lack of governmental support. And the reason the Indonesian government wouldn't support the bid?

"The government said their main concern was the people of the country and they would not support the bid."

Good for them, I say. In a country frequently wrecked by Tsumanis and earthquakes, looking after the people is far more important than spending what amounts to around a billion US dollars on hosting a football tournament.

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posted by mark_s at 9:21 AM


Anonymous chill said...

.......should not only think about the cost also the benefit.

8:30 AM  

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