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Kissinger to Promote USA's World Cup Bid

Former Secretary of State Was on '94 Committee

April 1, 2009

CHICAGO — Former US Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger will promote the USA’s bid for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup, US Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced.

The USA Bid Committee is putting together a comprehensive bid to present to FIFA by May 2010.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Kissinger join us in our endeavor to bring back the World Cup to the United States,” Gulati said in a statement. “He’s done a tremendous amount for the sport in this country and his enthusiasm and knowledge of soccer will surely help us to earn the right to once again host the biggest sporting event in the world.”

One of the most prominent political figures in U.S. history, Kissinger was a crucial figure in helping bring the 1994 FIFA World Cup to the United States, serving as chairman of a 16-member advisory panel. In 1996, FIFA honored Kissinger with the Order of Merit for his service to the sport across the world.

"I am looking forward to being actively involved in the USA's bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups," Kissinger said. "The U.S. put on a fantastic World Cup in 1994 and we know if provided the opportunity to host the tournament again we will put together an event that will amaze soccer fans across the world."

The U.S. is one of nine countries that have formally declared their desire to submit a bid. The others are Australia, England, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico and Russia, with joint bids from Netherlands-Belgium and Portugal-Spain. Qatar and South Korea are applying solely for the 2022 tournament. FIFA’s 24-man Executive Committee will review each country’s bid and name the two hosts for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups in December 2010.





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