Leeds has been announced as a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with 12 other cities, should England be named as the host nation. Leeds City Council leader Andrew Carter said: "This is fantastic news. Leeds would make an ideal World Cup host city and we are now a step closer to making it a reality.
"A very strong bid was submitted to the FA, outlining why Leeds and the Leeds city region should be part of the World Cup if England is named as the host country.
"Our proud football heritage, passion for sport and vision to leave a lasting legacy after the tournament makes us a perfect venue to be a host city for the world's biggest sporting event. Hosting matches would put Leeds firmly on the world map and give a multi-million pound boost to the local economy."
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