Kissinger Joins U.S. Effort to Host World Cup

** FILE ** In this Oct. 26, 1972 file photo, then presidential adviser Dr. Henry Kissinger tells a White House news conference that "peace is at hand in Vietnam. (AP Photo)
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Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has joined the board of U.S. organizers bidding to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

Kissinger was chairman of the advisory committee of the successful bid in 1988 for the 1994 World Cup and became vice chairman of the organizing committee. He previously was part of the failed bid for the 1986 tournament, when FIFA said it would be moved from Colombia. Mexico wound up hosting.

"I don't think we have a huge chance in 2018. I think it will
probably go to Europe," Kissinger said Monday. "We'll certainly
contest for it. And just as '86 guaranteed that we got it in 94, so
I think bidding for 2018 will give us a great chance for 2022."