There is nothing quite like being in a country while hosting the FIFA World Cup. We take a look at three nations capable of producing a special tournament experience and why they are suited to the immense task.
The last time England hosted the World Cup was way back in 1966, also the last time the Three Lions lifted the trophy. The incomparable reputation of the Premier League suggests that it is about time England finally has its turn again.
Home to the most popular league in the world, England is more than adequately equipped to stage the biggest sporting event on the planet. The nation boasts a number of the most recognised stadia in the world, including Wembley, Old Trafford and Anfield, plus numerous other venues also suitable for such a significant tournament.
We cannot forget the 2012 London Olympic Games. The event showcased the capital city’s extraordinary ability to manage global events and went down as one of the most well run Games in history.
Another key feature in England’s bid for future hosting rights, London’s impeccable public transport network is one of most well-organised train networks in the world. Travelling fans will appreciate being able to travel around the country’s biggest city using an affordable, accessible and punctual system.
Judging by the success of the last major event held in the country, the birthplace of the beautiful game is definitely capable of delivering a World Cup a to remember.
Few outside Australia will recognise the land down under as their preferred World Cup destination, but being born and raised in Melbourne myself, I can assure you we can provide a unique tournament experience.
Known as the Great Southern Land, the giant island has a track record of proven success in running major sporting events, playing host to the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Australian Open, the Melbourne Cup and the Ashes.
Australia would offer a special experience to football fans that are yet to visit. ‘The Lucky Country’ is blessed with a mixture of picturesque beaches and buzzing metropolitan areas to serve as backdrop to the tournament. The Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Sydney Cricket Ground, Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium and Gosford’s Bluetounge Stadium are just a few of the high-quality match venues the nation has to offer.
In general, Australia has developed a satisfactory public transport system. But although Melbourne’s famous trams are a reliable method of getting around, the country’s second largest city must improve the efficiency of its train network to ensure such a large-scale event will run smoothly.
Football’s popularity experienced a dramatic increase following success of the Socceroos at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and has not looked back since. Perhaps when the tournament is eventually hosted on Australian soil, interest in the beautiful game will finally match Australian Rules.
Spain & Portugal
The last truly glamorous FIFA World Cup was France in 1998. The world’s most popular sporting event is due for the same treatment, and together Spain and Portugal can deliver.
Both Iberian nations can fulfil the demands of the tournament in terms of stadia. The mouth-watering prospect of a final at a full-capacity Camp Nou or Santiago Bernabéu is certainly appealing, and the likes of the Mestalla, Estádio da Luz and Riazor are also exciting venues.
‘La Roja’ is currently enjoying a golden generation with an abundance of top-class youth prospects. Football fans should hope that Spain secure hosting rights in the near future to enjoy their array of supreme talent. Vicente Del Bosque’s men will be even stronger on home soil, a terrifying scenario for their opponents.
The Land of the Setting Sun and Portugal have a combined total population of roughly 65 million, and the public transport system in both nations must be able to cope with the influx of football fans during the World Cup. This should not be an issue though as both networks are an inexpensive and dependable source of travel around each country.
Aside from their event hosting credentials, the appealing cultures of Spain and Portugal would be an attractive bonus adding to an already promising World Cup experience. The food and scenery offered by both countries will charm travelling football fans and ensure a Portugal Spain tournament is one to savour.
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