With the 2010 World Cup less than two years away FIFA is getting more than a little nervous with the pace of development in South Africa. For the first time FIFA president Sepp Blatter publicly acknowledged that “I would be a very negligent president if I didn’t have a Plan B ready for the 2010 World Cup.”
According to Frank Dell’Apa of the Boston Globe that Plan B could be the U.S.
FIFA is going to wait on making a decision until until after South Africa hosts the Confederations Cup next summer. The eight country tournament will include Brazil (South American champion), Egypt (Africa), Iraq (Asia), Italy (World Cup), South Africa (host), Spain (Europe), the US (CONCACAF), and an Oceania representative.
“We will decide after the test of the Confederations Cup and only a catastrophe would put the alternative plan into effect,” Blatter told the Austrian network ORF. “The World Cup is a logistical challenge and South Africa wants to shows the world it is able to do it.”
There is no other nation that is capable of hosting a World Cup on less than twelve months notice as FIFA is unlikely to go back to Europe or Japan, which played host to the last two finals.