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View Poll Results: Which bid should host the FIFA World Cup 2018 / 2022?
Australia - 2018 255 12.32%
Belgium / Netherlands - 2018 247 11.94%
England - 2018 538 26.00%
Indonesia - 2018 68 3.29%
Japan - 2018 35 1.69%
Mexico - 2018 105 5.07%
Qatar - 2018 78 3.77%
Russia - 2018 279 13.48%
South Korea - 2018 16 0.77%
Spain / Portugal - 2018 267 12.90%
USA - 2018 116 5.61%
Australia - 2022 378 18.27%
Belgium / Netherlands - 2022 111 5.36%
England - 2022 114 5.51%
Indonesia - 2022 122 5.90%
Japan - 2022 37 1.79%
Mexico - 2022 149 7.20%
Qatar - 2022 153 7.39%
Russia - 2022 148 7.15%
South Korea - 2022 23 1.11%
Spain / Portugal - 2022 184 8.89%
USA - 2022 249 12.03%
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Old May 1st, 2007, 05:27 PM   #1901
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Interesting, considering this news item is doing the rounds:

Australia On 2010 Standby

Apr 30 2007 22:33
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said Australia or England could still host the 2010 World Cup.
South Africa are set to host the tournament in three years' time.

It would be the first time the event has been staged on the African continent, but there were reports of delays in stadium construction work which threatened hopes of the tournament being staged there.

The sport's world governing body remain confident that all necessary facilities will be ready in time but Blatter clearly feels FIFA need to keep options open in case there are any unforeseen problems, and listed Australia as one country which could step in.

Asked if England or Australia were fall-back options should the South African organisation falter, Blatter told the BBC's Inside Sport programme: "Yes, but there are other countries that are ready to organise tomorrow morning or in two days, or two months, a World Cup. The United States of America, and Mexico, they can do it, Japan, they can do it. They have enough stadia.

"You say England can do it, and I am sure. Spain, they can do it. There is a lot of countries, but they don't need to be ready."

The English FA has said they are ready to step in if needed, but their willingness to make themselves available in an emergency is understandable considering Blatter does not favour a European bid for the 2018 tournament.

FIFA will make a decision on which continent stages the event later this year but Blatter favours a World Cup in Asia, which could include Australia now they are part of the Asian Confederation.

"Personally, I think that we should maintain a rotation," Blatter said.

"At least with four continents. To take North and South America as one continent, Europe, Africa and Asia. This would mean that the next World Cup after 2014 would go to Asia."

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Personally, i wouldn't want it here in 2010, i'd rather wait til we have the correct stadia & not have to use cricket stadiums at some cities.
Wezza mate, where was this reported? If he did mention Australia, I'm surprised Reuters didn't mention it. On the other hand, I don't know why anyone would infer that he did mention it if he didn't. Alternatively, Blatter's just answering yes to every question as he tries to gain favour with every nation on Earth...

"Absolutely, I think a Nauruan World Cup bid would be tremendous"
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This was never anytihng official. South Africa will be the most ready out of the 3 countries to host the tournament, with the most modern stadia and facilities. Expect England and Australia to battle it out for the 2022 World Cup. 2018 looks set for Asia now.
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Ukraine should get WC in 2018!
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 02:34 AM   #1904
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This was never anytihng official. South Africa will be the most ready out of the 3 countries to host the tournament, with the most modern stadia and facilities. Expect England and Australia to battle it out for the 2022 World Cup. 2018 looks set for Asia now.
You think? I was sure 2018 was going to be Europe. What has changed? (Has Blatter been talking sh*t again?)
And if it is 2018 in Asia, the would have to be the Aussies best shot (now that they are, as far as FIFA is concerned, an Asian nation again).
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 02:50 AM   #1905
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If 2018 is going to be an Asian country, it would either be Australia or China. If China got it, we'd have NO chance in 2022 we're in the AFC now as well, not a hope in hell that AFC will get 2 world cups in a row.
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 05:13 AM   #1906
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Been google-newsing some old articles - I can see an Aussie bid falling apart as Victoria and NSW argue over who hosts the final!

Are any of our American friends able to comment on if there were any such problems in the US pre1994 Finals (New York arguing with LA for example?)
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On an interview for 'Inside Sport' last night (BBC1), FIFA president announced he wanted to continue the rotation policy for continents, so pretty much confirmed that the 2018 World Cup would go to Asia... So China looks the best bet at the moment.
I wish the bloke would make a statement one way or the other. Either it's back to Europe, or it's on with the rotation.

If it IS to be rotated to Asia, then (despite my previous comments), I hope and pray that the Aussie authorities can pull it together - get A-League franchises established a.s.a.p. in Canberra, Townsville and Tasmania - and get some bigger (rectangular) stadiums built in enough locations (as well as sorting out accomodation and transportation) in the next 5 or 6 years so that a bid is 'ready' prior to bidding around 2012.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 01:44 AM   #1909
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Whats wrong with Ukraine hosting WC?
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Dude, do you really think Ukraine is capable of hosting a WC? If they are, how come they have to be joint host of Euro 2012?
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Dude, do you really think Ukraine is capable of hosting a WC? If they are, how come they have to be joint host of Euro 2012?
For Ukraine to host such a competition as Euro2012 was too much work with infrastructure and finance so joint bid is a logical step. For 2018 Ukraine would be completely ready with modern stadiums, highways, and hotels.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 08:24 AM   #1912
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For Ukraine to host such a competition as Euro2012 was too much work with infrastructure and finance so joint bid is a logical step. For 2018 Ukraine would be completely ready with modern stadiums, highways, and hotels.
So would another half dozen to 9 other countries.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 12:54 PM   #1913
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For Ukraine to host such a competition as Euro2012 was too much work with infrastructure and finance so joint bid is a logical step. For 2018 Ukraine would be completely ready with modern stadiums, highways, and hotels.
By 2018, assuming FIFA do opt for Europe, and assuming Ukraine can be ready, they will be in competition with England, Spain, probably Poland, Russia, Portugal and Holland too.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 01:25 PM   #1914
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I doubt FIFA would go for Ukrain or Poland even if they we're ready, just doesnt seem fair since they will host EURO 6 years earlier and it would be hard to swallow for other countries in Europe.

If FIFA choose Europe and England bids, then they will get it.
Asia, China or Aus
South america, Brazil

all we can do at this stage is speculate.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 01:42 PM   #1915
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Do you think Australia would compete against China for 2018 if it goes to Asia? I'm sure the Ozzies could blag their way into the Asian continent for the tournament
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Do you think Australia would compete against China for 2018 if it goes to Asia? I'm sure the Ozzies could blag their way into the Asian continent for the tournament
Australia is already part of the AFC.
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Old May 3rd, 2007, 05:33 PM   #1917
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Australia is already part of the AFC.
That seems very sensible. Australia is the only real footballing nation in Australasia/Oceania so it would make sense for it to join with Asia I have a feeling that FIFA would prefer the tournament to go to China than Australia, though.
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Old May 5th, 2007, 04:59 PM   #1918
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Screw China they dont deserve it, they're already getting the olympics in 2008 :p
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Old May 5th, 2007, 07:42 PM   #1919
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That seems very sensible. Australia is the only real footballing nation in Australasia/Oceania so it would make sense for it to join with Asia I have a feeling that FIFA would prefer the tournament to go to China than Australia, though.
Well if South Africa gets smacked 10 nil in the opening game, FIFA might reconsider giving it to a country with shithouse footballers.

IMO 22 WC is Australia's to lose. Get our act together (which we will if needed), and where a shoe-in.
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Old May 5th, 2007, 08:36 PM   #1920
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Screw China they dont deserve it, they're already getting the olympics in 2008 :p
Screw Australia, Sydney already hosted the Olympics in 2000. That is your logic. China would be able to host a great WC and would have incredible stadiums with huge capacities. How do they not deserve the next Asian WC?
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