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Manchester: 99 reasons why we should host the World Cup + mistakes

MANCHESTER - Of course I support England 2018 bid, but in some of these points from Manchester Evening News, there are some mistakes. And criticism is always necessary. Besides, some points are weak. You are a football example for Italy in how you solved the problem of hooligans (our fans are, let's say, "too hot"), but you should talk about England, not only one city. Don't be provincial or you'll lose the World Cup.

1 Forgive our immodesty, but Manchester is the world’s greatest football city. On one side, arguably the planet’s most famous club; on the other, the world’s richest.

and what about Milan with the most winning team in history, of course AC Milan, the most famous club in the world, not Man Utd thieves, and the other team, Inter Milan, winning everything this year, Europe champions and soon World Champion. We don't want to host the World Cup again, but saying that Man City are the richest, this doesn't make Manchester the greatest football city. Unfortunately it's 34 years Man City are not winning anything. And before, they won a few trophies.

2 Everyone who follows the Premier League is talking mainly about Manchester – whether it’s City’s ambitious spending programme and bid for glory or United’s hopes of regaining the title from Chelsea.

3 Manchester has been voted the world’s top sporting city. It won that prize at the Sport Business Sports Event Management Awards in 2008.

and what about 2009 and 2010? Do you think you'll be the top city every year until 2018?

4 Thanks to the success of Bolton and Wigan, Greater Manchester has four Premier League clubs, more than any comparable area of England outside London.

outside London.

5 We’ve also got a thriving Football League scene in Greater Manchester, with Oldham and Rochdale in League One and Stockport and Bury in League Two.

6 And there is depth beyond that. Greater Manchester has the highest density of professional, semi-professional and amateur clubs in the world.

but if you talk about one city, even many people living in Manchester say it's a horrible city, grey, where always rains, and "not smelling too pretty" :), you know that song.

7 As Sir Alex Ferguson puts it: “Manchester is central to the north west. There are six and a half million people in this area. So we deserve the World Cup and recognise that we should play a part in it.”

Fergie sign him up, lol

8 Fergie is spot on. Manchester is within an hour’s drive of Macclesfield, Blackburn, Burnley, Stoke, Preston, Accrington, Crewe and even Huddersfield.

9 The United boss is even taking time out from preparing for this weekend’s clash with West Ham to see the FIFA delegation.

oooohhhh West Ham, big match ahahaha I agree with Noel, West Ham are fucking shite and they'll surely be relegated.

10 United stars Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand – like Fergie, adopted Mancunians – will meet the inspection team.

wowwwwww great stars: Rooney not scoring 1 goal for England for 1 year and a shit impression at the World Cup. Ferdinand not playing the World Cup, and now out again, always injured. Some great stars in drinking and urinating in the street. Or at least tabloids "sources said so".

11 The city has two fantastic stadiums already in place, underlining the fact that England already has the facilities to host the 2018 tournament – unlike Russia.

12 There is no need to worry about the transport links either. Manchester Airport is the busiest in the county outside London in terms of passenger numbers.

again outside London.

13 And on the ground, Old Trafford is well served by both train and tram, while the Metrolink will be extended to Eastlands long before 2018.

14 In addition, Manchester is at the heart of the country’s motorway network, so it’s easy to get around.

15 The city’s sporting and transport infrastructure is one of the main reasons FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes it would be, in his words, “easy” to host the World Cup in England.

Blatter is an idiot, and always said to change rules but never did. Of course he said that about England, because the board is above all made of English people...

16 And because that infrastructure is in place, English football will have more scope to invest World Cup profits into the grass-roots game.

17 That investment, coupled with the further development of successful Academies at City and United, could be to producing some of the talent to star for England in 2018.

18 That promise of a home World Cup is motivating local youngsters even now. David Ball, a City Academy graduate on loan at Swindon, said: “As a Manchester lad, it would be a dream come true to play for England at home in a major tournament.”

19 We certainly had our share of locally-produced World Cup winners. Of England’s 1966 team, Alan Ball was from Farnworth, Nobby Stiles from Collyhurst, Roger Hunt from Golborne and Geoff Hurst was born in Ashton-under-Lyne.

20 We’ve even produced a World Cup winner for Italy. Simone Perrotta, also born in Ashton-under-Lyne, lifted the trophy in 2006.

21 And in Manchester, the stars of tomorrow would be backed by fans who keep cheering through the hard times. United’s attendances averaged 48,000 in the old Second Division in 1974-75.

22 And City fans have been just as loyal, chalking up average crowds of almost 29,000 in the third tier in

23 FIFA can be guaranteed packed stadiums in England. Top-flight clubs, on average, sell 94 per cent of their tickets for Premier League games.

24 City and United had two of the Premier League’s best home records last season, thanks in part to their noisy support. If we could get England playing there, they might actually win the World Cup!

25 Old Trafford hosted the 2003 Champions League final, Eastlands the 2008 UEFA Cup final.

oh so weak point, many other foreign cities host them.

26 Old Trafford is already down to host an imminent global sporting event. The 2012 Olympics will see matches in the football tournament held there.

but the Olympics are in London...

27 United’s home also became England’s regular base before Wembley’s refurbishment was complete.

28 Eastlands hosted England when they faced Iceland in 2006, and was one of the venues for the UEFA Women’s European Championships in 2005.

29 And the two grounds haven’t just hosted major football events either. Ricky Hatton held his comeback fight against Juan Lazcano at City’s stadium in 2008.

but the World Cup is football.

30 Old Trafford hosted Nigel Benn’s memorable world title fight against Chris Eubank in 1993, and has been the home of rugby’s Super League Grand Final since its inception in 1998.

31 In addition, City and United have both hosted large-scale rock concerts – and Bon Jovi has played both grounds.

I think you MUST quote an unknown band called OASIS instead.
Of course not playing at the Old Trafford.

32 Germany’s squad were based in Manchester for most of Euro 96, and were so thrilled by the welcome they got that they wrote a letter to thank the city afterwards.

33 But then Manchester is a city used to holding top-class sporting events, including the world championships in cycling and swimming.

34 That is a legacy of Manchester’s successful hosting of the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

35 The construction of the Manchester Velodrome has developed the city’s reputation as a leading sporting venue.

36 You want more? The Sportcity complex hosted the World Squash Championships in 2008.

no, we don't want more, it's about football.

37 And the city’s Aquatics Centre will be the training base for Australia’s Olympic swimming team ahead of the 2012 Olympics in London.

do you mean the Australian cunts? Their only hope is cricket (this was Noel speaking, lol)

38 The same venue has become the base for the British High Performance Centre for water polo.

39 Even the streets of Manchester attract the big stars. Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt took part in a street sprint down Deansgate last year.

oooohhh this is so right, the streets of Manchester attract big stars as Rooney urinating around.

40 Bolt didn’t just take part, either – he chose Manchester to run the fastest 150-metre race ever, in just 14.5 seconds.

41 And the Bupa Great Manchester Run has seen Ethiopian long-distance legend Haile Gebrselassie pound the city centre streets.

42 Coun Mike Amesbury, Manchester Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: “Previous big sporting events have brought many millions of pounds into the city as well as providing enjoyment for hundreds of thousands of fans.”

43 A series of major sporting events held in Manchester two years ago under the banner World Sport 08 brought more than 317,000 visitors to the city and generated £23m of net economic impact.

44 The England bid’s organisers have already got £400m of sponsorship funding ready if they win.

45 And ticket sales across the country would bring in more than £600m.

46 FIFA will also have noted that there are plenty of corporate boxes at Eastlands and Old Trafford.

47 Football dominates Manchester’s sporting scene, with no team winning more titles than United since the Premier League’s inception.

but the team winning more titles is also Liverpool.

48 We know just how important football is at the M.E.N. Our football coverage is the most popular section of the paper and the website.

49 And football’s big decision makers know how significant Manchester is. That’s why they meet here every year at the Soccerex European Forum.

50 Few cities can boast the rich heritage of two clubs as Manchester can – United began life as Newton Heath in 1878, City as Ardwick in 1887.

mistake. City began as Saint Mark in 1880.

51 Or, as United stalwart Paddy Crerand once put it: “It’s a great city, Manchester. It’s got everything. It’s got two great football teams – United and United reserves!”

idiot. In Manchester there aren't 2 teams but only one: City. The real team of the city.
I knew, this article was surely written by a Man Utd fan.

52 With that heritage goes a long history of cross-city banter. United’s Stretford End has a banner recording the number of years since City last won a trophy – which Blues boss Roberto Mancini has vowed to tear down!

53 And City marked the signing of former United hero Carlos Tevez with a cheeky poster bearing the slogan ‘Welcome To Manchester’.

54 But despite that rivalry, the bid has united the city. The Blues and the Reds have joined forces to support Manchester and England.

55 Even City legend Mike Summerbee and United hero Paddy Crerand have got together to push the Manchester case.

56 Crerand has also put his nationality to one side by supporting England’s bid – even though he is Scottish!

you could choose a better one.

57 The bid has united the local political world too. Manchester City Council led the city’s push for inclusion in England’s bid with full support from neighbouring authorities in Trafford and Salford.

58 They also got the backing of Greater Manchester Police.

59 Police intelligence has played a major role in clamping down on hooliganism.

60 Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein may be a Blue, and Blackley and Broughton MP Graham Stringer a Red, but they both backed Manchester.

61 That united front did the trick last December, convincing England bid bosses to name it as one of 12 host cities.

62 The city has been home to a lengthy list of football greats such as Bobby Charlton, Colin Bell and George Best.

63 Former United hero David Beckham was the man chosen to hand over England’s World Cup bid book to FIFA president Sepp Blatter in Zurich.

64 Phoenix Nights star Peter Kay and United defender Rio Ferdinand have also done their bit to talk up the city.

65 Ashes hero Andrew Flintoff has done the same, saying: “Manchester would be a fantastic base for any team at the 2018 World Cup.”

66 Stockport’s former NBA basketball star John Amaechi said: “Manchester is home to some of Britain’s best football teams – and has the ability to flawlessly host world-class events.”

67 Olympic gold medal-winning Darren Campbell added: “People around the world are still talking about how successful the Commonwealth Games was.”

68 Vernon Kay, a lifelong Bolton fan, said: “Greater Manchester is the home of football with some of the best teams in the country, including the mighty Bolton.”

69 Oasis’s Noel Gallagher, said: “England should win,” he said. “It’s a travesty we’ve only had it once.”

this is so true! :)

70 And it’s another travesty that City have never hosted a World Cup. In 1966, Old Trafford and Goodison Park were the only two north west venues used.

71 “Football fans the world over could expect the very warmest of welcomes from the staff and fans of Manchester City,” said their chief executive Garry Cook.

72 “We would be proud to welcome international fans to Old Trafford,” said United’s chief executive David Gill.

73 It’s a welcoming city all round. Mike Summerbee said: “You come to Manchester and you’ve got the friendliest people in the world.”

74 But then Manchester is a place where you can feel the love. Paul Scholes still hasn’t forgotten the snog he got from Gary Neville for winning last season’s derby at Eastlands.

75 As Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown once put it: “Manchester has everything except a beach.”

76 You want culture? Take in some art at the Whitworth, Cube, Manchester Art Gallery or the Chinese Arts Centre.

oh my God, thanks but no thanks. Chinese could fuck off. You want to support England and you name the Chinese? Who's the cunt writing this anonymous article? It's not even possible to comment.

77 We’ve got fantastic museums too.

This article is getting too superficial.

78 The Imperial War Museum in the North offers a staggering and moving exhibition on the history of conflict.

79 L.S. Lowry came from Stretford, while Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili was born in Manchester.

I like this.

80 If seeing a show is more your thing, you can have a great night at the Palace Theatre or the Opera House.

81 And if you prefer live comedy, you can visit the Frog and Bucket, the Comedy Store or the brilliant XS Malarkey night in Fallowfield.

82 Then there’s plenty of live music at venues such as the Academy or the Apollo.

83 Visitors to Manchester can explore stunning countryside in the Lake or Peak District.

I like this.

84 And it’s within easy reach of Liverpool too, which has its own cultural riches.

85 Manchester produced surely the best World Cup song of all time – New Order’s 1990 masterpiece World In Motion.

Noel: all football songs are shite.

86 The city also produced the second greatest World Cup song – Manchester comedian Smug Roberts’ 1998 effort Meat Pie, Sausage Roll.

87 Manchester comedy legend Frank Sidebottom added to that list shortly before he died with the seminal Three Shirts On My Line.

88 Former Inspiral Carpets keyboardist Clint Boon also had a go on Get Your Hopes Up.

89 “We invented football,” Boon, from Shaw, said. “We do it better than anybody else.”

mistake. Football was born in Italy (calcio storico fiorentino), and then England gave modern rules to it.

90 The Fall’s Theme From Sparta FC has been used to introduce the BBC’s Final Score programme.

91 “It would be one big footballing party,” said Manchester councillor Mike Amesbury. “Music would be a key element of that.”

I like this.

92 We had five locally-born players perform on the 1970 World Cup No. 1 Back Home – Keith Newton, Francis Lee, Alan Ball, Geoff Hurst and Nobby Stiles.

93 Manchester-born Joe Corrigan, sang on the 1982 England song This Time.

94 On the subject of music, Manchester and England have had the sense to steer clear of vuvuzelas.

95 We’ve got some of the best local delicacies anywhere: Eccles cakes, Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, Lancashire hot pot and black pudding.

well, unfortunately people around the world usually don't have a good opinion of English food, but they're a bit wrong, 'cause it's better than what they think. When you speak about English food, many think about spaghetti with ketchup or pasta with marmalade.

96 It’s Manchester’s turn and England’s turn. By the time 2018 comes around, it will have been 52 years since we hosted the tournament. And in that time, Mexico and Germany have both had it twice.

this is so true, and also Italy had it twice, 1934 and 1990.

97 Salford bookmaker Fred Done has made England favourites to host the 2018 tournament at evens.

98 Done said: “The passion of the people is the deciding factor for me.”

99 But here’s the clincher. Paul the psychic octopus – who was born in England –is backing the bid. End of argument.

final mistake. Paul the octopus was born in Elba island in Italy, the owner said so.
I'm sure England will have the 2018 World Cup, but it would have been better to write 10 strong points about England. Now Blatter, usually using Twitter, will read this post on Oasisblues and will change idea: no England, lol.

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