The four-day FIFA Inspection Tour of Spain and Portugal, who are bidding to co-host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™, reached its conclusion today.
The six-strong FIFA Inspection Group, headed by Harold Mayne-Nicholls, made stops in Madrid, Barcelona, Porto and finally Lisbon, where they checked out the Estadio Bernabeu, Camp Nou, Estadio do Dragao and Estadio da Luz respectively.
We have world-class stadiums, lots of expertise, and we are more than willing to host the FIFA World Cup. We are ready.
The group also visited various training sites, hotels, and conference and exhibition centres in the four cities, and also met with Alfredo Perez-Rubalcaba, the Spainish Minister of Interior, and Portuguese Minister of Presidency Pedro Silva Pereira, who emphasised that both governments are backing the bid and fulfilling all the necessary guarantees.
Miguel Angel Lopez, managing director of the candidature, said: "We have world-class stadiums, lots of expertise, and we are more than willing to host the FIFA World Cup. We are ready.”
Mayne-Nicholls added: "Both countries have lots of experience in staging international football, and a lot of passion for the game. We are happy with what we have seen.”
The Spain-Portugal trip was the last on the FIFA Inspection Tour’s European journey. Next up for the group is a visit of the USA next week, before Qatar welcomes them the following one.