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FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted an internal inquiry into claims of corruption may force a re-vote for the 2022 World Cup hosting rights. The startling admission could re-ignite Australia’s host ambitions, and could give the FFA the unlikeliest of lifelines.
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The federal government’s four-year $32 million funding grant to the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) expires this financial year.
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Dugald Massey recently questioned how a successful Australian World Cup bid would have made any difference to a struggling A-League competition, comparing this somewhat curiously, to a dearth of track and field stars ten years after the Sydney Olympics.
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I’m still confused. Qatar was given the 2022 World Cup and FIFA is declared by fans as an evil, corrupt, organisation interested in nothing but money, which they presumably shall use to build a fully functional Death Star.
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FIFA president Sepp Blatter has reiterated his view that countries upset at being overlooked for the right to host the World Cup in 2018 and 2022 should accept defeat gracefully.
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We lost the battle for the 2022 World Cup, and the failure to do so should only inspire us to the one thing that is still better than hosting a World Cup: winning it. That will start in Qatar this January with the Asian Cup finals.
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Obviously there was more to winning the 2022 World Cup bid than the bid video, but Australia surely didn’t leave a good final impression with their presentation and were rightly criticised for it. Here are some of my suggestions on how Australia could improve the final presentation.
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Amid all the kerfuffle about Qatar winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup and Australia only getting one vote for its bid, one thing that was overlooked was the fact that the US has missed out for the second successive time of getting the rights to a major international sporting event.
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Overheard two kids in the school yard last week. One of the boys, the small one, hands in pockets, dribbling the dirt says, “You heard we lost the World Cup bid?” His mate replies, “Yeah, but mate, have you heard the FFA are going to complete the A-League review?”
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As the dust settles and the blame is shared out for Australia’s inability to win the 2022 World Cup, I’ve struggled to come up with an appropriate analogy that captures what happened. But I think I’ve found one.
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The ailing A-League is set to undergo a facelift, with a later start to the season and less midweek games to be scheduled in a bid to ‘refresh and reignite’ the competition.
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I’ve found the last few days since Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup ahead of a field of candidates including Australia to be some of the most emotionally draining since I started covering football a few years back.
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Those who have Twitter would have heard the results of the winners of the World Cup bids before the official announcement. Who did not want to believe it until we saw Sepp Blatter hold the card up showing the winner?
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The Australian World Cup bid was naive at best, and stupid at worst. When I first heard that Qatar won the 2022 World Cup, I was surprised – especially knowing that Qatar has such a small population, none of the stadiums are built, and that it doesn’t have a particularly strong football culture.
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We are all shocked of the loss of the 2022 World Cup bid – and the extent of it. But I am afraid to say the hostile reaction shows that we are a bunch of very sore losers, and it’s rather embarrassing.
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There is a sense of confusion and anger across the nation as Australia’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup was snuffed by the people at FIFA.
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Australia’s 2022 World Cup bid team has played down the significance of a FIFA study which ranked the country last overall in projected revenues for the tournament.
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An ex-NRL club president’s daughter, a trailblazer for women’s rights from rural Queensland, a former AFL player and a shopping centre magnate.
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Let’s be honest, none of us have any idea what’s going to happen in the early hours of Friday morning our time in Zurich. FIFA politics and the agendas which accompany the delegates’ votes makes it near impossible to come up with a certain prediction for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting decisions.
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Contrary to what you might read this week, it won’t be a disaster if Australia doesn’t win the right to host the 2022 World Cup.
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