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Hosting the soccerfest is a huge task for any nation but at least bid winners have plenty of time to get it right, says Roger Blitz
Hosting the event may have only briefly boosted the country’s image, writes Antony Altbeker
A lot is at stake for the next Winter Olympics host, writes Isabel Gorst
A torch relay can fan the flames by helping to engage the whole country, writes David Owen
Charisma and the personal touch do not always bring victory, says Roger Blitz
The queue of bidders from emerging countries is growing, writes Huw Richards
Maria Marques tells Joe Leahy that the city is getting to grips with a formidable double challenge
Data and the rise of social media are changing the landscape by bringing backers closer to sports fans, says Vanessa Kortekaas
International competition was conceived as a substitute for war but hosting big events now symbolises progress, writes Roger Blitz
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