David Beckham trusts the 22 FIFA execs – and here they are!
Beckham – naive?
David Beckham is certainly feeling upbeat about tomorrow’s draw. He said this of the 22 men with England’s World Cup bid in their hands:
“I think that we can trust every one of the members.”
But who are these “members” of whom he speaks. Find out after the jump…
The head honcho since 1998, the word on the street is that he’s voting for the Russians.
Julio Grondona, Argentina
Apparently known as “the Godfather”, word has it that he’s not a massive England fan. A nod to Cameron and his goons, and everyone would smell a rat.
Issa Hayatou, Cameroon
One of those with angry Panorama fingers pointing at him, barking about taking bribes for World Cup television rights in the 1990s. Even more worryingly, he used to be a PE teacher.
Chung Mong Joon, South Korea
A South Korean businessman/politician – kind of like Alan Sugar – he formed a coalition with a fellow candidate called Roh Moo-hyan when running for the presidency of the National Assembly of South Korea in 2002, and then turned on his running mate at the very last minute. Turncoat.
Jack Warner, Trinidad and Tobago
Somehow, Warner has managed to survive amidst ticket sale scandals, an attempt to have a match cheque made out to him, not the Trinidad and Tobago FA, in 2004, and a war of words with football tough guy, Roy Keane. Not the most trustworthy executive, but that’s not really saying much. He’ll probably vote for England.
Ángel María Villar, Spain
With Spain/Portugal also in the running, Villar is as much use to the England bid as Wagner’s X Factor vocal coach.
Michel Platini, France
According to today’s Daily Mail, Platini isn’t “as anti-English as he made out to be”. This presumably still makes him a tiny bit anti-English?
Geoff Thompson, England
Yes, David, you can probably trust Geoff to vote for England. Yorkshire, salt of the earth, big grumblesome face, blah blah blah…
Michel D’Hooghe, Belgium
Or Dr Michel D’Hooghe to you. He’ll be championing Holland/Belgium’s cause, barring anything really weird happening.
Ricardo Terra Teixeira, Brazil
Another one who suffered under the glare of Panorama’s bitchy sideways glances. Allegations of flogging TV rights for treats ensued. No comment as yet.
Mohammed Bin Hammam, Qatar
The whisper on the grapevine is that Hammam is leaning towards a vote for Spain/Portugal. It would be something of an about-turn if he didn’t.
Senes Erzik, Turkey
Pals with Geoff Thompson. It’s looking good.
Chuck Blazer, United States of America
As absolutely everyone knows, Americans are easily bowled over by English hoity-toitiness. Sit him down in wide-eyed rapture with Prince William, and the vote’s pretty much in the bag. Plus it won’t hurt that Beckham is now an honourary American.
Nicolas Leoz, Paraguay
Also heavily fingered on Panorama the other night, it was claimed that he pocketed $730,000 in bribes. He has so far not bothered to present his side of the story.
Worawi Makudi, Thailand
Part of Hammam’s FIFA lunch posse. Expect Spain/Portugal.
Junji Ogura, Japan
His favourite ever footballer is Bobby Charlton, which is handy, being that Sir Bobby was sent out to Zurich as part of England’s cheerleading party. On the downside, the pair might come to blows over the Carling Cup. Ogura is a West Ham fan.
Marios Lefkaritis, Cyprus
The word on the street is that this is one Cypriot who is definitely fighting the cause for Russia.
Jacques Anouma, Ivory Coast
After the Sunday Times got all investigative journalism on football’s arse, the African representatives reportedly felt more than a little bit pissed off with English people. Hence, Cameron, Wills, Becksie and the gang will have to schmooze Anouma like crazy.
Franz Beckenbauer, Germany
Needs no introduction. Voting for Russia, so they say.
Rafael Salguero, Guatemala
He’s in Warner’s pocket! Great news for England.
Hany Abo Rida, Egypt
One of the new kids on the block, the word from the papers is that he’s all about Spain/Portugal. Save your breath, Becksie.
Vitaly Mutko, Russia
Obviously, Mutko will be spearheading the Russian bid. He has also reportedly slagged off English football for being corrupt. Although he then backtracked.