Football World Cup: Australia’s Last Frontier

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    Disappointed football fans watch a live broadcast of the announcement of the host country. AAP Image/Sergio Dionisio

    So with Australia having successfully qualified for their third consecutive football World Cup, how much longer do we have to wait for it to visit down under?

    Australia has hosted practically every sporting event it can get it’s hands on. The Commonwealth Games have been here a record five times.

    Australia has hosted the summer Olympics twice and four Rugby League World Cups. Throw in a cricket World Cup (soon to be two) as well as two Rugby Union World Cups and you have to ask what hasn’t Australia hosted?

    Quite simply it hasn’t hosted the Football World Cup. The world’s most supported and watched event.

    As to how Australia could be overlooked by FIFA in favour of Qatar is beyond me. Australia has the facilities and capability of hosting the tournament.

    You have to ask yourself which other countries can boast a list of international sporting events such as the one above.

    Australia will eventually host a Football World Cup. Hopefully, it will be in my lifetime.

    The day it is announced that Australia is to host the World Cup, that will be the day Australia confirms it’s place as the sports capital of the world.

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    • July 4th 2013 @ 7:57am
      Towser said | July 4th 2013 @ 7:57am | ! Report

      Bottom line is SuperEel22, that the other comps hosted here(apart from the Olympics) are not worth two bob as far as the majority of the world are concerned.
      So before making over inflated statements like “The day it is announced that Australia is to host the World Cup, that will be the day Australia confirms it’s place as the sports capital of the world.” perhaps you need to consider the demand by the World in general to host a World Cup.
      Then when deciding the magnitude of that demand, we have to consider the measures that some countries will go to to host it,as we naively discovered with Qatar.
      You seem puzzled by that decision, I expected it.
      When men like Frank Lowy end up with egg on their face you know what your up against.
      Dont know whether you watched the first Harry Potter film “The Philosophers Stone” but Sepp Blatter is the Professor Quirrell/Voldemort character,except that Sepp can change the Voldemort face to suit the occassion & who he is addressing.
      Once Sepp retires a new Sepp will be spawned by FIFA equally as multi-faced.
      Everything else is kindergarten stuff compared with the wheelings & dealings of FIFA & unfortunately Australia like England is naive in the ways of the cunning & devious.

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        July 4th 2013 @ 7:01pm
        SuperEel22 said | July 4th 2013 @ 7:01pm | ! Report

        I listed those competitions to prove a point. Australia has hosted practically everything they can. There is barely a country that can say they have hosted that many international events.

        Unfortunately Australia is too honest to send the odd brown paper bag the way of Sepp Blatter.

    • July 4th 2013 @ 8:17am
      Jukes said | July 4th 2013 @ 8:17am | ! Report

      That was a superb post Towser. Lesson learnt the first time. Maybe our paltry vote for 2022 had something to do with Charlie Dempsey abstaining our vote for Sth Africa for 2006 WC. Long memories in football. That paltry vote was from Germany, our abstaining helped them win WC 2006 so I guess that makes us even with them. People dont understand staging this tournament is actually bigger than the Olympics. I kid you not. Not worth the pain or effort.

    • July 4th 2013 @ 8:41am
      Towser said | July 4th 2013 @ 8:41am | ! Report

      Let me also add to that how many countries have hosted the modern World Cup,say since England 1966.
      England 1966,Mexico 1970,Germany 1974,Argentina 1978,Spain 1982,Mexico 1986, Italy 1990, USA, 1994, France 1998 , Japan/Korea 2002, West Germany 2006, South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014, Russia 2018, Qatar 2022.
      Not many out of 208 FIFA member nations.
      We can draw many conclusions from these statistics .
      First The real heavyweights of World Football(many WC winners) always get a look in.
      Second FIFA occassionally to uphold its “World Game” image allows the dice to be rolled in favour of Japan/South Korea(representing Asia) & South Africa(representing Africa). Also of course FIFA’s Achilles heel the USA, but the one country if conquered that could put them as a sporting organisation beyond reach.
      Australia may be a continent sized country but its still part of the 46 member AFC & has had little impact on the football world so far. That could change given the changes since 2005 but that’s the current status quo.
      FIFA has to choose one nation out of 46 then if it opts for Asia. 2022 it’s Qatar.Personally I suffer from catarrah & it gave me the same uncomfortable feeling when announced.
      Mexico well maybe it’s because it generates such catchy songs as Guadalajara Guadalajara which I remember well from the 1986 World Cup & FIFA just luv catchy Mexican songs.

      Over you You Frank & David time to send Sepp & Co a few Waltzing Matilda & Bush ballad CD’s to play at their next meeting.

      • July 4th 2013 @ 12:08pm
        nickoldschool said | July 4th 2013 @ 12:08pm | ! Report

        Read West Germany in 1974 and Germany 2006 ( I know you know no worries).

        Makes me realise how I miss the DDR, FRG, USSR, Yugoslavia etc of our childhood. There was always some unknown to draw a team from the eastern bloc at club or national level for WC qualifications. The army in the stands…brilliant ;)!

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      July 4th 2013 @ 8:50am
      mds1970 said | July 4th 2013 @ 8:50am | ! Report

      Much as it kept the hit counter ticking over on this site in 2010 – trust me, you do not want to re-visit the issue of Australia hosting the FIFA World Cup.

      • July 4th 2013 @ 11:57am
        mahonjt said | July 4th 2013 @ 11:57am | ! Report


    • July 4th 2013 @ 9:09am
      Titus said | July 4th 2013 @ 9:09am | ! Report

      As much as it saddens me to say it, I don’t think Australia deserves a World Cup. There is a long way to go before the enthusiam of the people and maturity of the media makes Australia a Football nation.

      I think the Asian Cup will be brilliant and will be a significant coming of age for Australia in the region.

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        July 4th 2013 @ 7:04pm
        SuperEel22 said | July 4th 2013 @ 7:04pm | ! Report

        Australia will never be a football nation. Too much competition from AFL and Rugby League. However, if the world cup qualifiers are anything to go by, the games will be well supported. ANZ was sold out for a qualifier. It would be packed to the rafters if we played an actual world cup there. Both the match against Man Utd and the match against Liverpool FC have sold out. So I wouldn’t be too worried in terms of crowd support.

        • July 5th 2013 @ 11:45am
          mahonjt said | July 5th 2013 @ 11:45am | ! Report

          Yes it will – unlike the huge internal market that NFL and Cricket represent in the US and India respectively – the AUstralian domestic markey is much, much more fragile for a long list of social, economic and demographic reasons. It is a long hall – but Australia will be a football nation.

    • July 4th 2013 @ 10:42am
      Sleemo said | July 4th 2013 @ 10:42am | ! Report

      FIFA cares about money, money is mostly driven by the European and American television viewing timetable and by gate attendances. Which is why you’ll generally only see World Cups in or around Europe or the Americas for the foreseeable future, and why USA was a better chance at hosting the 2022 World Cup with their huge, ready stadiums.

      Money also comes from corruption within the game as was obviously the case with Qatar. There is no way that a nation with so many “medium” and “high” risk answers to the World Cup hosting criteria, as stipulated in their bid evaluation report, should garner more than half the votes of FIFA’s decorated and educated exco unless there was something else afoot.

      FIFA doesn’t care about spreading the game or opening it up to new audiences or providing a unique World Cup experience. It cares about giving the World Cup to the nation that can provide them with the most amount of money in return for and from hosting the tournament.

      For what it’s worth I don’t think Australia will host a World Cup in the next fifty years. Apparently 2026 is slated for China, 2030 will be in Europe, 2030 in South American 2034 not in Asia, and I foresee nations like Japan, South Korea, USA and the wealthy Arab gulf nations getting a chance before Australia does.