Brad Pitt to compete with Beckham for World Cup bid

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London, June 4 (ANI): Actor Brad Pitt will compete with ace footballer David Beckham after the Hollywood superstar joined the committee trying to bring the 2018 World Cup to the United States.

Last month, Beckham officially presented England's bid for the 2018 World Cup to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, and now Pitt has joined the USA Bid Committee.

"Soccer is a truly global sport and the opportunity to join the effort to have the US host the world's greatest sporting event again is a great honour," The Mirror quoted Pitt, as saying.

Comedian Drew Carey and actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger are also on the US committee.

Both countries are also bidding for the 2022 World Cup, as are Australia, Russia, Spain-Portugal and the Netherlands-Belgium.

Japan, South Korea and Qatar are also bidding for the 2022 tournament.

The US staged the tournament in 1994, while England hosted the European Championships in 1996.

FIFA's executive committee will select the 2018 and 2022 hosts in a vote on December 2. (ANI)

Story first published: Friday, June 4, 2010, 16:42 [IST]
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