SWINDON TOWN: Cooper criticises FIFA's World Cup venue choices

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper

ON THE day England find out who they’ll be playing in the group stages of next summer’s World Cup, Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper has laid into FIFA’s choice of hosts.

Cooper, whose dad Terry represented his country at the World Cup in 1970, feels basing the event in countries such as Brazil and Qatar gives some nations an unfair advantage.

And with Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions side potentially facing a trip to Manaus in the hot and humid Amazon rainforest, depending on the outcome of the draw, the Robins boss has stressed how much he disagrees with where the competition is being staged over the coming years.

He told the Advertiser: “You go to Brazil and half the stadiums aren’t ready and they’ve missed the deadlines but that’s alright. What the point in having a deadline?

“If that was England they’d take the World Cup off us.

“They’ve not decided to have a World Cup a few years down the line that you might as well play in a sauna.

“Guaranteed someone will have a heart attack and die, but it won’t be FIFA’s fault. It’ll be a lack of preparation or ‘they didn’t acclimatise well enough’.

“Let’s have it right, what are they trying to do? Why have a World Cup in a country that’s 250 degrees.

“If England get based (in Manaus) or up at the top, where the rainforest is and the heat is ridiculous, straight away we’re at a disadvantage.

“We could play Uruguay, Columbia, Brazil - who are all used to that - so straight away we’re at a disadvatnage.

“If it’s a World Cup everyone should be equal.”

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6:12am Fri 6 Dec 13

stfc2012 says...

Shut up Cooper. The World Cup is great because it happens all over the world and the climate and conditions are the same for everyone. Safety is important but when did a player last die in a World Cup due to over heating? Many South Americans play in Europe. Shall we host it in England every time?
Shut up Cooper. The World Cup is great because it happens all over the world and the climate and conditions are the same for everyone. Safety is important but when did a player last die in a World Cup due to over heating? Many South Americans play in Europe. Shall we host it in England every time? stfc2012

6:22am Fri 6 Dec 13

The 69'er says...

Get it right Sam! Terry Cooper did not make his England debut until 1969 so did not win the tournament in 1966.
Get it right Sam! Terry Cooper did not make his England debut until 1969 so did not win the tournament in 1966. The 69'er

7:18am Fri 6 Dec 13

Chish and Fips says...

Struggling to fill the STFC news section it would appear today then....
Struggling to fill the STFC news section it would appear today then.... Chish and Fips

7:22am Fri 6 Dec 13

Last step says...

stfc2012 wrote:
Shut up Cooper. The World Cup is great because it happens all over the world and the climate and conditions are the same for everyone. Safety is important but when did a player last die in a World Cup due to over heating? Many South Americans play in Europe. Shall we host it in England every time?
Quite right.

The problem with the next two world cups isn't the actual locations, it's that the whole selection process was basically just a sham. Air conditioned stadiums, they said, moving the competition to the winter, they said.

FIFA are a joke.
[quote][p][bold]stfc2012[/bold] wrote: Shut up Cooper. The World Cup is great because it happens all over the world and the climate and conditions are the same for everyone. Safety is important but when did a player last die in a World Cup due to over heating? Many South Americans play in Europe. Shall we host it in England every time?[/p][/quote]Quite right. The problem with the next two world cups isn't the actual locations, it's that the whole selection process was basically just a sham. Air conditioned stadiums, they said, moving the competition to the winter, they said. FIFA are a joke. Last step

7:35am Fri 6 Dec 13

Since 1950 says...

Actually I agree with Cooper, especially the decision to give Qatar the world cup. I wonder what influenced that decision? Anyone who has spent any time there will know that you can hardly walk in the 50c heat of the summer much less play international football. You might as well give them the winter Olympics! It would be no less ridiculous. As for Brazil - will they be ready, probably not. Did the people want it? No, but neither matter to FIFA.
Actually I agree with Cooper, especially the decision to give Qatar the world cup. I wonder what influenced that decision? Anyone who has spent any time there will know that you can hardly walk in the 50c heat of the summer much less play international football. You might as well give them the winter Olympics! It would be no less ridiculous. As for Brazil - will they be ready, probably not. Did the people want it? No, but neither matter to FIFA. Since 1950

8:03am Fri 6 Dec 13

Swindon1984 says...

Since 1950 wrote:
Actually I agree with Cooper, especially the decision to give Qatar the world cup. I wonder what influenced that decision? Anyone who has spent any time there will know that you can hardly walk in the 50c heat of the summer much less play international football. You might as well give them the winter Olympics! It would be no less ridiculous. As for Brazil - will they be ready, probably not. Did the people want it? No, but neither matter to FIFA.
Totally disagreed with giving it to Quatar for all kinds of reasons - less so Brazil but it looks like the funding and resources aren't there to run the thing efficiently - the stadium collapse being a tragic consequence of that.
[quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: Actually I agree with Cooper, especially the decision to give Qatar the world cup. I wonder what influenced that decision? Anyone who has spent any time there will know that you can hardly walk in the 50c heat of the summer much less play international football. You might as well give them the winter Olympics! It would be no less ridiculous. As for Brazil - will they be ready, probably not. Did the people want it? No, but neither matter to FIFA.[/p][/quote]Totally disagreed with giving it to Quatar for all kinds of reasons - less so Brazil but it looks like the funding and resources aren't there to run the thing efficiently - the stadium collapse being a tragic consequence of that. Swindon1984

8:04am Fri 6 Dec 13

Is that you Lovesey says...

Cooper is right, but who cares, I would rather see Swindon win a trophy than England win the world cup, I used to be a massive England fan always believing we could win every tournament but the FA are a sham, the premier league has ruined the national team and control football in this country, the players are overpayed, overhyped and frankly poor in comparison to other similar sized countries, Watching England is boring, sure I will watch the world cup and sure I want England to do well, but my expectation is 2 losses and a draw in the group games..... Boring boring England....
Cooper is right, but who cares, I would rather see Swindon win a trophy than England win the world cup, I used to be a massive England fan always believing we could win every tournament but the FA are a sham, the premier league has ruined the national team and control football in this country, the players are overpayed, overhyped and frankly poor in comparison to other similar sized countries, Watching England is boring, sure I will watch the world cup and sure I want England to do well, but my expectation is 2 losses and a draw in the group games..... Boring boring England.... Is that you Lovesey

8:05am Fri 6 Dec 13

wantage_stfc says...

The 69'er wrote:
Get it right Sam! Terry Cooper did not make his England debut until 1969 so did not win the tournament in 1966.
Cooper, whose dad Terry represented his country at the World Cup in 1970, feels basing the event in countries such as Brazil and Qatar gives some nations an unfair advantage.

Obviously you can not read!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]The 69'er[/bold] wrote: Get it right Sam! Terry Cooper did not make his England debut until 1969 so did not win the tournament in 1966.[/p][/quote]Cooper, whose dad Terry represented his country at the World Cup in 1970, feels basing the event in countries such as Brazil and Qatar gives some nations an unfair advantage. Obviously you can not read!!!!!! wantage_stfc

8:15am Fri 6 Dec 13

old town robin says...

wantage_stfc wrote:
The 69'er wrote:
Get it right Sam! Terry Cooper did not make his England debut until 1969 so did not win the tournament in 1966.
Cooper, whose dad Terry represented his country at the World Cup in 1970, feels basing the event in countries such as Brazil and Qatar gives some nations an unfair advantage.

Obviously you can not read!!!!!!
Actually I think the article has been edited, I'm sure when i read it the first time the year 1966 was mentioned
[quote][p][bold]wantage_stfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The 69'er[/bold] wrote: Get it right Sam! Terry Cooper did not make his England debut until 1969 so did not win the tournament in 1966.[/p][/quote]Cooper, whose dad Terry represented his country at the World Cup in 1970, feels basing the event in countries such as Brazil and Qatar gives some nations an unfair advantage. Obviously you can not read!!!!!![/p][/quote]Actually I think the article has been edited, I'm sure when i read it the first time the year 1966 was mentioned old town robin

8:30am Fri 6 Dec 13

smirg kcab says...

Another disadvantage is woys warriors are shiit,
Another disadvantage is woys warriors are shiit, smirg kcab

8:32am Fri 6 Dec 13

smirg kcab says...

stfc2012 wrote:
Shut up Cooper. The World Cup is great because it happens all over the world and the climate and conditions are the same for everyone. Safety is important but when did a player last die in a World Cup due to over heating? Many South Americans play in Europe. Shall we host it in England every time?
Gazza nearly died from over eating lol
[quote][p][bold]stfc2012[/bold] wrote: Shut up Cooper. The World Cup is great because it happens all over the world and the climate and conditions are the same for everyone. Safety is important but when did a player last die in a World Cup due to over heating? Many South Americans play in Europe. Shall we host it in England every time?[/p][/quote]Gazza nearly died from over eating lol smirg kcab

8:33am Fri 6 Dec 13

The 69'er says...

old town robin wrote:
wantage_stfc wrote:
The 69'er wrote:
Get it right Sam! Terry Cooper did not make his England debut until 1969 so did not win the tournament in 1966.
Cooper, whose dad Terry represented his country at the World Cup in 1970, feels basing the event in countries such as Brazil and Qatar gives some nations an unfair advantage.

Obviously you can not read!!!!!!
Actually I think the article has been edited, I'm sure when i read it the first time the year 1966 was mentioned
The article did originally say that Cooper's dad won the tournament with England in '66. Fair play to Sam for reading the comments and correcting the article.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wantage_stfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The 69'er[/bold] wrote: Get it right Sam! Terry Cooper did not make his England debut until 1969 so did not win the tournament in 1966.[/p][/quote]Cooper, whose dad Terry represented his country at the World Cup in 1970, feels basing the event in countries such as Brazil and Qatar gives some nations an unfair advantage. Obviously you can not read!!!!!![/p][/quote]Actually I think the article has been edited, I'm sure when i read it the first time the year 1966 was mentioned[/p][/quote]The article did originally say that Cooper's dad won the tournament with England in '66. Fair play to Sam for reading the comments and correcting the article. The 69'er

8:33am Fri 6 Dec 13

The 69'er says...

old town robin wrote:
wantage_stfc wrote:
The 69'er wrote:
Get it right Sam! Terry Cooper did not make his England debut until 1969 so did not win the tournament in 1966.
Cooper, whose dad Terry represented his country at the World Cup in 1970, feels basing the event in countries such as Brazil and Qatar gives some nations an unfair advantage.

Obviously you can not read!!!!!!
Actually I think the article has been edited, I'm sure when i read it the first time the year 1966 was mentioned
The article did originally say that Cooper's dad won the tournament with England in '66. Fair play to Sam for reading the comments and correcting the article.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wantage_stfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The 69'er[/bold] wrote: Get it right Sam! Terry Cooper did not make his England debut until 1969 so did not win the tournament in 1966.[/p][/quote]Cooper, whose dad Terry represented his country at the World Cup in 1970, feels basing the event in countries such as Brazil and Qatar gives some nations an unfair advantage. Obviously you can not read!!!!!![/p][/quote]Actually I think the article has been edited, I'm sure when i read it the first time the year 1966 was mentioned[/p][/quote]The article did originally say that Cooper's dad won the tournament with England in '66. Fair play to Sam for reading the comments and correcting the article. The 69'er

8:33am Fri 6 Dec 13

The 69'er says...

old town robin wrote:
wantage_stfc wrote:
The 69'er wrote:
Get it right Sam! Terry Cooper did not make his England debut until 1969 so did not win the tournament in 1966.
Cooper, whose dad Terry represented his country at the World Cup in 1970, feels basing the event in countries such as Brazil and Qatar gives some nations an unfair advantage.

Obviously you can not read!!!!!!
Actually I think the article has been edited, I'm sure when i read it the first time the year 1966 was mentioned
The article did originally say that Cooper's dad won the tournament with England in '66. Fair play to Sam for reading the comments and correcting the article.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wantage_stfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The 69'er[/bold] wrote: Get it right Sam! Terry Cooper did not make his England debut until 1969 so did not win the tournament in 1966.[/p][/quote]Cooper, whose dad Terry represented his country at the World Cup in 1970, feels basing the event in countries such as Brazil and Qatar gives some nations an unfair advantage. Obviously you can not read!!!!!![/p][/quote]Actually I think the article has been edited, I'm sure when i read it the first time the year 1966 was mentioned[/p][/quote]The article did originally say that Cooper's dad won the tournament with England in '66. Fair play to Sam for reading the comments and correcting the article. The 69'er

8:48am Fri 6 Dec 13

The Jockster says...

Indigestion 69er?
Indigestion 69er? The Jockster

8:54am Fri 6 Dec 13

Robinonfire says...

Cooper for England and Telford
Cooper for England and Telford Robinonfire

9:19am Fri 6 Dec 13

the don69 says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Another disadvantage is woys warriors are shiit,
Spot on Grim!even if Woys Boys could play our games at Wembley,we'd struggle,we play like a bunch of strangers,totally out-played and passed by an average Chile side and even worse Germany B,God help us!cause they can't even help themselves!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Another disadvantage is woys warriors are shiit,[/p][/quote]Spot on Grim!even if Woys Boys could play our games at Wembley,we'd struggle,we play like a bunch of strangers,totally out-played and passed by an average Chile side and even worse Germany B,God help us!cause they can't even help themselves!!!!!!!!!! !!!! the don69

9:21am Fri 6 Dec 13

Rebel_phish says...

smirg kcab wrote:
stfc2012 wrote:
Shut up Cooper. The World Cup is great because it happens all over the world and the climate and conditions are the same for everyone. Safety is important but when did a player last die in a World Cup due to over heating? Many South Americans play in Europe. Shall we host it in England every time?
Gazza nearly died from over eating lol
Chuckle, Chuckle
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stfc2012[/bold] wrote: Shut up Cooper. The World Cup is great because it happens all over the world and the climate and conditions are the same for everyone. Safety is important but when did a player last die in a World Cup due to over heating? Many South Americans play in Europe. Shall we host it in England every time?[/p][/quote]Gazza nearly died from over eating lol[/p][/quote]Chuckle, Chuckle Rebel_phish

9:46am Fri 6 Dec 13

joner100 says...

What uninformed nonsense. Uruguay is not a particularly hot place and Bogota in Colombia (note correct spelling Sam) is never warmer than England in summer. When the World Cup is on, it will be winter in Brazil. Does anyone remember the WC in USA? It was hotter in those matches in LA than it will be in Brazil.
What uninformed nonsense. Uruguay is not a particularly hot place and Bogota in Colombia (note correct spelling Sam) is never warmer than England in summer. When the World Cup is on, it will be winter in Brazil. Does anyone remember the WC in USA? It was hotter in those matches in LA than it will be in Brazil. joner100

9:47am Fri 6 Dec 13

umpcah says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
Struggling to fill the STFC news section it would appear today then....
There are bound to be a few slow days even at Rollercoaster Swindon Town !
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Struggling to fill the STFC news section it would appear today then....[/p][/quote]There are bound to be a few slow days even at Rollercoaster Swindon Town ! umpcah

10:03am Fri 6 Dec 13

Graham8181 says...

shame the games are played in Bogota in Colombia and not in Medellin, las chicas en Medellin es muy muy bonito !!!! mucho guapas ;)
shame the games are played in Bogota in Colombia and not in Medellin, las chicas en Medellin es muy muy bonito !!!! mucho guapas ;) Graham8181

10:23am Fri 6 Dec 13

Wilesy says...

Why build new stadiums in World Cup hosting countries just use the current ones. If they're tatty so what.

As for Qatar that's a disgrace, cash for votes....
Why build new stadiums in World Cup hosting countries just use the current ones. If they're tatty so what. As for Qatar that's a disgrace, cash for votes.... Wilesy

1:06pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Since 1950 says...

joner100 wrote:
What uninformed nonsense. Uruguay is not a particularly hot place and Bogota in Colombia (note correct spelling Sam) is never warmer than England in summer. When the World Cup is on, it will be winter in Brazil. Does anyone remember the WC in USA? It was hotter in those matches in LA than it will be in Brazil.
Santa Fe de Bogota to give it it's correct name. picky or what? ;-)
[quote][p][bold]joner100[/bold] wrote: What uninformed nonsense. Uruguay is not a particularly hot place and Bogota in Colombia (note correct spelling Sam) is never warmer than England in summer. When the World Cup is on, it will be winter in Brazil. Does anyone remember the WC in USA? It was hotter in those matches in LA than it will be in Brazil.[/p][/quote]Santa Fe de Bogota to give it it's correct name. picky or what? ;-) Since 1950

3:34pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Oi Den! says...

Since 1950 wrote:
joner100 wrote:
What uninformed nonsense. Uruguay is not a particularly hot place and Bogota in Colombia (note correct spelling Sam) is never warmer than England in summer. When the World Cup is on, it will be winter in Brazil. Does anyone remember the WC in USA? It was hotter in those matches in LA than it will be in Brazil.
Santa Fe de Bogota to give it it's correct name. picky or what? ;-)
Chaps, I hope you'll forgive me for being nosey but I'm intrigued by your knowledge of Bogotá. Voices of experience?

Not very well thought out comments by Cooper.
[quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joner100[/bold] wrote: What uninformed nonsense. Uruguay is not a particularly hot place and Bogota in Colombia (note correct spelling Sam) is never warmer than England in summer. When the World Cup is on, it will be winter in Brazil. Does anyone remember the WC in USA? It was hotter in those matches in LA than it will be in Brazil.[/p][/quote]Santa Fe de Bogota to give it it's correct name. picky or what? ;-)[/p][/quote]Chaps, I hope you'll forgive me for being nosey but I'm intrigued by your knowledge of Bogotá. Voices of experience? Not very well thought out comments by Cooper. Oi Den!

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