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    With the Inspection Group's report out on the net, and the decision being only 8 days away...which African nation do you think will win the bid for the 2010 World Cup? and why?
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    South Africa - only country with real infrastructure.
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    But what about the lack of security?
    And what do u mean by "real" infrastructure?
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    Nearly all of these countries have political problems.
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    (Original post by Bigcnee)
    Nearly all of these countries have political problems.
    Are we talking about internal or external here?
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    (Original post by kraslan)
    Are we talking about internal or external here?
    Does it really matter?
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    (Original post by kraslan)
    But what about the lack of security?
    And what do u mean by "real" infrastructure?
    Well Egypt does as well to an extent but South Africa is probably the most developed of the countries there and also has the best football league in Africa.

    It is also a long-term favourite.
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    Wasn't Tunisia's and Libya's a joint bid?

    Also, Sepp Blatter said, ""The report demonstrates that at least three of the candidates are potentially capable of organising a successful FIFA World Cup single-handed."

    he meant, in order (probably)

    1. South Africa
    2. Egypt
    3. Morrocco

    And South Africa went into the last vote for the 2006 World Cup as front runners only to be beaten by Germany by a single vote.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    Well Egypt does as well to an extent but South Africa is probably the most developed of the countries there and also has the best football league in Africa.

    It is also a long-term favourite.
    I agree with you about South Africa being a long-run favourite. But I dont agree that they have the best football league in Africa. South Africa only wont the African Cup of Nations once, in 1996, and they were runners up once as well. On the club level, there have only been two incidences where a South African cup has won an African Championship
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    (Original post by Bigcnee)
    Does it really matter?
    Well South Africa USED TO have problems internally, but nothing too serious externally.

    Egypt hasnt had any political problems in a long time, and neither has Morocco or Tunisia.
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    (Original post by kraslan)
    I agree with you about South Africa being a long-run favourite. But I dont agree that they have the best football league in Africa. South Africa only wont the African Cup of Nations once, in 1996, and they were runners up once as well. On the club level, there have only been two incidences where a South African cup has won an African Championship
    But is it not true that most good African players who don't make it to Europe end up playing in South Africa?
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    But is it not true that most good African players who don't make it to Europe end up playing in South Africa?
    I wouldnt know about that. But if it is true, the statistics dont show it.
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    (Original post by kraslan)
    I wouldnt know about that. But if it is true, the statistics dont show it.
    It's certainly the most established league which is why Ajax set up a club there.
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    It's certainly the most established league which is why Ajax set up a club there.
    Ok, maybe it is...but is this enough? Does that make it qualify for hosting the world cup?
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    (Original post by kraslan)
    Ok, maybe it is...but is this enough? Does that make it qualify for hosting the world cup?
    Well presumably it will already have good quality stadiums?
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    (Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
    Well presumably it will already have good quality stadiums?
    Well Egypt is hosting the African Cup of Nations in 2006, so they'll be ready for it. And the report states that South Africa currently has only 3 stadiums which would be considered suitable for World Cup standards
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    (Original post by kraslan)
    Well Egypt is hosting the African Cup of Nations in 2006, so they'll be ready for it. And the report states that South Africa currently has only 3 stadiums which would be considered suitable for World Cup standards
    The report still suggests that South Africa are the favourites.
 
 
 
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