Jordaan has been appointed to be part of the six-man FIFA inspection team that will tour the nine bidders, according to InsideWorldFootall.biz.
The team will start three-day inspections in each of the bidders beginning in Japan on July 19 – only eight days after Sunday’s World Cup final. FIFA is scheduled to start its U.S. tour on Sept. 6. The New Meadowlands Stadium is a key part of the bid.
The team includes Chilean Football Association president Harold Mayne-Nicholls; Juergen Mueller, who is in charge of FIFA event management; David Fowler, FIFA’s marketing head; Julio Avellar, the coordinator in the FIFA World Cup office, and Wolfgang Eichler, FIFA’s senior communications adviser at the World Cup.
CHANGES COULD BE AFOOTOfficiating at the 2014 WC could take a radical change, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said.
FIFA is under pressure to introduce technology and video replays after game officials missed Frank Lampard‘s shot that landed behind the line in England’s match against Germany and the offside goal Argentine midfielder Carlos Tevez was awarded against Mexico.
“We’re talking about a goal not seen by the referee, which is why we are talking about new technology,” Valcke told the BBC.
OFFICIALLY SPEAKINGHoward Webb will referee the final.
Webb, 38, a former police officer, has officiated three WC games. He has not shown a red card or awarded a penalty kick.
DUTCH FIND ROOMS AT THE INNGiven its history of underachieving, you couldn’t blame the Netherlands for not making reservations at the Sandton Hilton past July 5, the day before its semifinal victory over Uruguay.
The Dutch have found a new home through Sunday’s final – Sunnyside Park Hotel in Johannesburg, an older establishment.
PAUL MAY PICK FINAL
Paul will make his third-place match selection Friday as he will choose from two boxes of food with flags from Germany and Uruguay. The one he picks first will be his prediction.
“We do not want to overburden him,” an aquarium spokesman said.
Some German fans, upset that Paul went against their team, want to cook his goose, more or less. “Nothing beats grilled octopus,” fan Dolores Lusch was quoted by Reuters. “Cut him up in thin slices and grill him on all sides with a dash of lemon juice, olive oil and garlic on it. Delicious!”
LOEW’S FUTURE IS UNCERTAINJoachim Loew will continue to direct the young side is another matter. Loew’s future remained up in the air after the Germans were eliminated by Spain on Wednesday. Negotiations to extend his contract broke down, although a decision is expected after Sunday’s final.
“This team will remain together,” Loew said. “This team has very good players and many possibilities. No matter who is in charge, it will stay together. The team’s development is not at its end, it has just began.”
BACK COULD SIDELINE KLOSEMiroslav Klose‘s assault on Ronaldo’s all-time scoring record could take a backseat to a back injury. The 32-year-old Klose suffered the injury in Germany’s 1-0 semifinal loss to Spain and he is considered questionable for Saturday’s third-place match vs. Uruguay in Port Elizabeth.
“He was hurt in an aerial duel,” German assistant coach Hansi Flick said. “We are hoping that he will be okay for the match.”
WELL-TRAVELED FANPretoria product Thulani Ngcobo would be the winner. The sleep-deprived Ngcobo has managed to attend 37 of the 62 matches, with No. 38 in sight with Sunday’s final.
Ngcobo, 29, an asset controller, received a certificate from Guinness World Records for achieving the milestone.
“This is a dream come true to me and it’s once in a lifetime,” Ngcobo told Agence-France Presse. “If something comes like this, you need to pull yourself up and you must make sure you do whatever that you can do to succeed.”
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