Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Who will be the winner?

Arm wrestling between England's F.A. Chairman Lord David Triesman and U.S. Soccer's President Sunil Gulati might seem like the gentlemanly way to settle the issue, but all of us know that we will have to wait until June 12 in Rustenburg, South Africa to know who will be victorious in the opening match between these two warriors in FIFA's World Cup South Africa 2010.

Looking on from the back of the table are David Dein and Chuck Blazer as the group had dinner last night at the Oak Room in the Plaza Hotel on Central Park South. The England Bid Committee 2018/2022 made a formal presentation today at CONCACAF's New York offices capped off with a luncheon hosted by the British Consul General Sir Alan Collins.

On both days, the Boardroom came alive with UEFA Champions League matches where Arsenal won 5-0 and ManU likewise had a shutout with a 4 goal margin. Delegation members Dein and Andy Anson may consider the CONCACAF office as the sweet spot to view important games. They are always welcome back but have been cautioned that the result on June 12 could be very different since the magic of the room is a home advantage. We'll have to wait and see.