Froch puts weight behind Nottingham's 2018 World Cup Bid19 October 2009 WORLD super middleweight champion Carl Froch believes Nottingham can beat its competitors and become a host city in the 2018 World Cup.
But Carl, who retained his boxing title at the Trent FM Arena yesterday, said Nottingham had to rally behind the bid if the city was to be successful.
Nottingham is competing against 15 others for 12 host city places.
The Football Association will decide which cities will be included in the nation's bid for the 2018 World Cup, to go forward to the sport's governing body, FIFA, next year.
The FA will make its decision based on the details of each city's submission and how much support their bids have received from residents.
The champion - who defeated unbeaten American Andre Dirrell - said bringing another world sporting event would be "absolutely fantastic".
He said: "The sort of buzz that you can get around major sporting events is phenomenal.
"Nottingham's a great sporting city which definitely should be one of the cities which gets this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - everyone in the city and county, even if they're not sports fans, should back Nottingham's bid today."
Nottingham Forest, Rushcliffe Borough Council and Nottingham City Council will submit their bid on November 9.
City council bid coordinator Hugh White said: "We believe we have put together a strong bid. Now we'd like more and more people to get behind the bid and show the FA how much it would mean to Nottingham people for their city to host World Cup matches in 2018."
Nottingham's bid suffered a setback when Notts County Council withdrew its support in a dispute over the potential location of a new stadium.
But Nottingham's bid seeks to create a World Cup Park on the banks of the River Trent, which would feature a river transport system, and the potential new stadium has been proposed as a "Wembley for Women".
It could make Nottingham the official home of women's football.The FA will make their decision in December - but it will be another year before FIFA decide whether England will be the 2018 host nation.
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