The inspection team from Fifa, soccer’s world governing body, is set to conclude its tour of the European countries bidding to host the World Cup with a visit to Spain and Portugal. The delegation, led by Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the president of the Chilean Football Federation, has already inspected venues and facilities in the Netherlands and Belgium, Russia and England this month and will arrive in the Spanish capital Madrid on Monday afternoon to start its tour of the Iberian countries.
On the first day, the inspectors will hold meetings with members of the Spain-Portugal bid before attending a dinner hosted by Angel Maria Villar, the president of the RFEF, the Spanish soccer federation, and attended by Spanish sports minister Jaime Lissavetzky.
Tuesday’s itinerary includes visits to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, the home of famous Spanish club Real Madrid, and proposed sites for the international broadcast centre and fan zone.
The inspectors will then move on to Barcelona, where they will take in the Camp Nou stadium, the home of Spanish La Liga champions FC Barcelona, and the Catalonia Congress Centre on Wednesday.
The four-day tour will culminate in Portugal, with visits to venues and facilities in Porto and the capital Lisbon.
The Iberian bid is thought to have been boosted by Spain’s World Cup victory this year although it faces strong opposition from the other European candidates and USA to stage the 2018 World Cup.
These countries plus Australia, Japan, Qatar and South Korea are also in the running for the 2022 event.
The hosts of both tournaments will be decided by the Fifa executive committee in voting on December 2.