GOAL.COM TO LAUNCH 2018 / 2022 WORLD CUP HOST SECTION AHEAD OF VOTE

Goal.com are to launch World Cup 2018 / 2022 sections across its network of 22 editions ahead of FIFA’s vote on 2nd December to decide which bid will win the right to host the biggest tournament in sport.

Goal.com is the world’s largest new media football community and the 16th largest sports community (comScore, June 2010), with more than 500 editors based around the world producing 70,000 articles each month for 30 million unique users. Its content is delivered in 15 languages including English, Spanish, French and Chinese across 22 editions. As such, Goal.com is the only football destination on earth able to provide expert local and on the pulse coverage. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Goal.com had 22 correspondents in South Africa complimented by the worldwide team of editors able to deliver the latest news, match reports and exclusive interviews. The World Cup 2018 / 2022 sections will include exclusive interviews with and features penned by each bid’s respective ambassadors, as well as comprehensive news coverage and analysis. Goal.com Chief Content Officer Michael Simpson said: “Goal.com is uniquely placed to offer expert coverage of the lead up to FIFA’s decision as to who will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. “As well as news coverage, we can use our global reach to find out what those very people who will be affected by the decision think, be it fans, players, bid ambassadors or officials.” The sections will go live on Thursday 18th November 2010. To visit the Goal.com 2018 / 2022 World Cup section in your language, please visit www.goal.com. -ENDS- NOTES TO EDITORS About Goal.com - Goal.com was founded in 2004 by former Ferrari Maserati and Ralph Lauren President and CEO Gianluigi Longinotti-Buitoni, and has grown into the largest football new media community on the planet with 22 editions delivering content in 15 languages. Goal.com presents football through the eyes of its local editors who live in the locations on which they report, ensuring they express the cultural, ethnical, political, economic, religious, and social distinctiveness in each region. Goal.com’s aim is to unite the world through its mutual passion for football. www.goal.com For further information please contact Goal.com PR Director Will Wood on will.wood@goal.com.

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