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This is an article I read earlier in Soccernet.com . . .

Blow as Brazil and South Africa gang up over 2006

England's bid to host the World Cup in 2006 is facing a potential threat from an unexpected deal between one of their rivals, South Africa, and South American members of FIFA's executive committee.

As decision day, July 6, draws nearer it emerged last night that Brazil, led by former FIFA president Joao Havelange, is prepared to withdraw and encourage the other two South American voting countries - Argentina and Paraguay - to back the South African bid.

In return, the South Africans would support Brazil's bid to stage the 2010 World Cup.

The deal is believed to have been brokered by South African campaign director Danny Jordaan and Brazil Football Federation boss Ricardo Texeira, who is expected to visit South Africa next Wednesday to finalise the deal.

Both Havelange, who believes Brazil is not ready for 2006, and Jordaan last night confirmed the deal. Jordaan admitted: 'Zico, the chairman of Brazil's 2006 bid, has said his country will withdraw on condition that South Africa supports them in 2010.'

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Brazil is set to support South Africa's bid to host the 2006 soccer World Cup and postpone its own effort to stage the tournament, the Financial Times reported, without citing sources. It will ensure the three South American members of the 24-man executive committee of FIFA, soccer's world governing body, support South Africa's bid when it meets to decide the host nation for 2006 between July 5 and 6. In return, African nations will back a renewed Brazilian bid to host the tournament in 2010, the Financial Times said.

The nations still officially hoping to host the 2006 World Cup are: England, Germany, South Africa, Brazil and Morocco.
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