FIFA assesses Spain-Portugal World Cup bid

A FIFA delegation began its trip to assess Spain and Portugal’s

joint bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup on Monday, saying the

countries got off to a good start by presenting all the required

documents on time.

Delegation leader Harold Mayne-Nicholls said the seventh and

final inspection tour in Europe would last four days. Only the

United States and Qatar remain to be visited.

Spain’s Interior Ministry said in a statement Monday that it was

due to present security plans for the joint proposal to the

evaluation committee from soccer’s world governing body.

Miguel Angel Lopez, the bid’s CEO, said Madrid and Barcelona

would be visited in Spain, and Porto and Lisbon in Portugal. He

said the joint bid was strong because it included seven elite

category stadiums.