Korea bidding to host U-20 World Cup in 2017
November 29 2013
Korea, which successfully hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan, is trying to host the U-20 World Cup.
Chung Mong-gyu, 51, the chairman of the Korea Football Association, has been jetting around the world recently to drum up support for Korea’s bid to host FIFA’s U-20 World Cup in 2017. The U-20 event began in Tunisia in 1977 and is FIFA’s second-longest-running event after the World Cup. Korea was one of the top four countries in the 1983 event in Mexico under the leadership of coach Park Jong-hwan. Many football superstars, such as Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi of Argentina and Thierry Henry of France, have participated in the event.
The host country for the 2017 event will be decided on Dec. 6 in Brazil. Twenty-five members of FIFA will cast a ballot and Korea has 11 competitors, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, England, France, Poland, Mexico, and Azerbaijan.
Korea is considered as one of the four leading contenders, along with England, Azerbaijan and Mexico.
“It is hard to predict the result,” a spokesman of the KFA said. “But we are expecting good news.” He said that Mexico is bidding to build a relationship with FIFA so that it can host FIFA’s general meeting and Azerbaijan, which jumped in the race later than the other countries, is busy preparing a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Some said England’s real purpose of bidding for the U-20 event is to develop close relations with FIFA in order to host its second World Cup since 1966.
If Korea becomes the host country for the 2017 event, it would be the latest country to host FIFA’s four major events: the Confederations Cup (2001), the World Cup (2002), U-17 World Cup (2007) and the U-20 World Cup.
Chung became the chief of the KFA in January and pledged that he will strengthen Korean football’s diplomatic competitiveness in the world. The country has been losing its influence since his older brother, Chung Mong-joon, 62, the former KFA chief, lost his bid to become FIFA’s vice-president in 2011.
Chung Mong-gyu met Joseph Blatter, the chief of the FIFA, in Switzerland on Nov. 14 and submitted Korea’s application for the event. The KFA has projected it would spend about 12 billion won ($11.3 million) to 15 billion won for the event without receiving any subsidies from the central government. About 3 billion won to 4 billion won would be provided by FIFA, with the rest coming from the KFA. Officials from nine cities - Seoul, Suwon in Gyeonggi, Incheon, Daejeon, Ulsan, Pohang, Jeonju, Jeju Island and Cheonan have notified the KFA that they are willing to be host cities during the event.
“Because most of the necessary infrastructure, such as football stadiums, were already built before the 2002 World Cup, having a U-20 event won’t cost that much,” said Kim Jong, a spokesman of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. “The KFA is working hard to generate profit with assets they already have.”
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Could be fun. They'll find out on December 6th whether they're successful or not.
Korea wins the bid to host. This'll be fun.
S. Korea selected as host of 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
Dec 5 2013
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil, Dec. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea was selected as the host of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup here on Thursday.
In a vote held during FIFA's Executive Committee meeting in Brazil, South Korea edged out Azerbaijan for the right to host the world's premier youth football tournament.
The Koreans might see some of their Barca youth players playing in the tournament.
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Officials from nine cities - Seoul, Suwon in Gyeonggi, Incheon, Daejeon, Ulsan, Pohang, Jeonju, Jeju Island and Cheonan have notified the KFA that they are willing to be host cities during the event.
Of the nine cities that expressed an interest in hosting matches, only six were selected. Seoul, Ulsan and Pohang were eliminated. That leaves Cheonan, Daejeon, Incheon, Jeju, Jeonju, Suwon.
Question 1: how the hell did Cheonan's old cookie-cutter stadium beat out Seoul, Ulsan and Pohang?!?
Question 2: why weren't Busan and Gwangju interested? Both of their World Cup white elephants are far too large for club football, so if they're not used for one-off events like the U-20 World Cup, I don't understand why they were even built. That's especially the case since the KFA will pay for the bulk of this tournament's costs, not the Korean government.
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