Soccer / World Cup | COHOSTING May 21, 2002

Struggling to shake off the demons

by Fred Varcoe

After solving the issue of what the 2002 World Cup would be called in Japanese -- by removing the two countries' names -- FIFA no doubt hoped that the organization of the tournament would proceed without any further hiccups. It was wishful thinking. With just over ...

Soccer / World Cup | COHOSTING May 20, 2002

Coming to terms with cohosting

by Fred Varcoe

In the year 2000, Belgium and the Netherlands became the first countries to cohost a major, FIFA-sanctioned football tournament when they staged the 2000 European Championship finals. It was an all-around success and pointed the way forward for other cohosted tournaments. Except, perhaps, the 2002 ...

Soccer / World Cup | COHOSTING May 19, 2002

Taming the 'bulldog'

by Fred Varcoe

As the deadline for deciding who would host the 2002 World Cup approached, FIFA boss Joao Havelange was approaching his 80th birthday and had been head of FIFA for over 20 years. Many thought he was getting past his sell-by date. He was a ...

Soccer / World Cup | COHOSTING May 18, 2002

Beyond the limits of normalcy

by Fred Varcoe

Can Japan and South Korea work together to put on the 2002 World Cup? Knowing their history, nothing could seem more unlikely. Many Japanese look down on South Koreans; many South Koreans hate Japan. But these are modern times. Both countries have democracies, both have suffered ...

Soccer / World Cup | COHOSTING May 17, 2002

A history of hate thy neighbor

by Fred Varcoe

Like most Asian countries, South Korea had never really considered bidding for the World Cup. FIFA had split its biggest tournament between Europe and South America (plus Mexico) since the first competition in Uruguay in 1930. It seemed as if FIFA thought that the remaining ...

Soccer / World Cup | COHOSTING May 16, 2002

World Cup pie gets bigger

by Fred Varcoe

The head of soccer's world governing body FIFA is never likely to be called a shrinking violet. In the world of sport, perhaps only the head of the International Olympic Committee has a more powerful voice. When he talks, everyone listens. So when back in ...