ZURICH (Nov. 29, 2010) – Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman will speak on behalf of the U.S. bid to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2022 when the U.S. team makes its final presentation to the FIFA Executive Committee on Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Zurich.
Freeman, a member of the USA Bid Committee’s board of directors, is the fourth person to be named to the U.S. team that will make a final 30-minute presentation. The others are:
- U.S. President Bill Clinton, the honorary chairman of the USA Bid Committee
- U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, the chairman of the USA Bid Committee
- U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Landon Donovan, a member of the USA Bid Committee board of directors
Freeman is the narrator of the U.S. Bid Committee’s promotional video “Bring it to Our Country,” featured at www.gousabid.com. The direct link to the video is http://www.gousabid.com/pages/morganfreeman.
“We are honored and fortunate that Morgan Freeman is joining our group on Wednesday as we make our presentation to the FIFA Executive Committee,” Gulati said from Zurich on Monday.
“As Nelson Mandela said once, ‘Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people that little else has,’” Freeman said earlier this year. “I have seen the power that sport, and in particular soccer, can have on individuals around the world and that is why I am so honored to represent and support the United States through the conclusion of this noble effort to bring the tournament back to our country.”
The five host nation candidates for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will make their presentations at FIFA House to the FIFA Executive Committee on Wednesday. On Thursday, the four bidders for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ will make their presentations. The FIFA Executive Committee will then cast its ballots for the hosts of both tournaments and follow with the official announcement of the winning bids at Messe Zurich. The schedule (all times Zurich/ET):
Wednesday, Dec. 1
2 p.m./8 a.m. - Australia
3 p.m./9 a.m. - Korea Republic
4 p.m./10 a.m. - Qatar
5 p.m./11 a.m. - United States
6 p.m./Noon - Japan
Thursday, Dec. 2
9 a.m./3 a.m. - Belgium/Netherlands
10 a.m./4 a.m. - Spain/Portugal
11 a.m./5 a.m. - England
Noon/6 a.m. - Russia
2 p.m./8 a.m. - FIFA Executive Committee voting at FIFA House
4 p.m./10 - 10:30 a.m. - FIFA Announcement at Messe Zurich*
4:45 p.m./10:45 a.m. - 2018 Host Nation press conference begins at Messe Zurich*
5:15 p.m./11:15 a.m. - 2022 Host Nation press conference begins at Messe Zurich*
6:30 p.m./12:30 p.m. - USA Bid media teleconference call, phone number to be provided*
* Times are tentative.
The presentations of the bidding nations on Wednesday and Thursday will be streamed live at fifa.com. The announcement of the winning bids on Thursday will be carried live by ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Fox Soccer Channel, Univision and CNN International.