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The battle for FIFA World Cups begins

Football body FIFA said on Tuesday that 11 bidders were in the race to host the World Cup in 2018 or...

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Football body FIFA said on Tuesday that 11 bidders were in the race to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

The candidates were <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on"><?xml:namespace prefix="u1"?><country-region u2:st="on">Australia</country-region></country-region>, <country-region w:st="on"><country-region u2:st="on">England</country-region></country-region>, <country-region w:st="on"><country-region u2:st="on">Indonesia</country-region></country-region>, <country-region w:st="on"><country-region u2:st="on">Japan</country-region></country-region>, <country-region w:st="on"><country-region u2:st="on">Mexico</country-region></country-region>, <country-region w:st="on"><country-region u2:st="on">Qatar</country-region></country-region>, <country-region w:st="on"><country-region u2:st="on">Russia</country-region></country-region>, <country-region w:st="on"><country-region u2:st="on">South Korea</country-region></country-region> and the <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on"><country-region u2:st="on"><place u2:st="on">United States</country-region></country-region> with joint bids from Belgium-Netherlands and Spain-Portugal.

<country-region w:st="on"><country-region u2:st="on">Qatar</country-region></country-region> and <place u2:st="on"><country-region u2:st="on"><country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">South Korea</country-region></country-region> only applied for the 2022 tournament.

The other nine candidates were in both races.

FIFA confirmed the candidates on Tuesday after the deadline to formally register passed on Monday.

FIFA will choose the two winning bids in December next year.

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