World Cup decision day

Battle heats up as decision looms

December 2, 2010
By Andrew Orsatti, Zurich
The air is fresh and clean, the streets dusted white with snow. Festive lights are dotted around the trees. Zurich is absolutely beautiful this time of year.

Inside, it is quite the opposite. The heat is on in a fierce battle to the host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups. Lobbying tactics are dark and sometimes dirty. So much so it almost spoils the view.

What we see in the distance is nothing but a haze. Most of the bidding nations appear lost in the whole process. They ...

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