Bid for peace
Back in 2010, the announcements of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar were both met with fierce media backlash and public outrage.
Controversial as they are, they would pale in comparison to the prospect of a World Cup being jointly hosted by South Korea and political enemies North Korea.
The idea of a joint bid has been mentioned by South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in, who says co-hosting ‘would help to create peace’ between the two nations.
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Although unlikely to happen, Jae-in had this to say on the matter: “If the neighbouring countries in north-east Asia, including North and South Korea, can host the World Cup together, it would help to create peace in North and South Korea as well as north-east Asia. I would like President Infantino to have interests on this matter.”
South Korea, of course, successfully co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with neighbours Japan, making it all the way to the semi-finals.
The Confederations Cup, FIFA’s traditional curtain-raiser for the World Cup host nation, is set to take place in Russia later this month.
The opening fixture will see hosts Russia face 2016 OFC Nations Cup winners New Zealand in Saint Petersburg on Saturday.