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World Cup 2010: could the winner be . . . Sydney?

AUSTRALIA'S plans to host the world's biggest sporting event, football's World Cup, could be accelerated, with speculation persisting that South Africa's preparations for the 2010 tournament are hopelessly behind schedule.

Rumours surfaced during the World Cup in Germany that Australia was an option for 2010 should South Africa fail to meet its construction deadlines.

At the same time, Australia's state premiers have formally committed to a World Cup bid, with 2018 the most likely option. Football Federation Australia is expected to make its own announcement shortly.

Under the loose rotation policy used by international football's world governing body, FIFA, the next three World Cups are due to be hosted by Africa, South America and Asia/Oceania.

But Brazil, which is planning for 2014, does not have enough stadiums to meet a 2010 deadline, leaving Asia-Oceania in pole position should South Africa be stripped of hosting rights.

A joint Australia-New Zealand bid could thus become viable, with Sydney the likely frontrunner to host the final.

South Africa is desperately trying to make up time. Its government has set aside $US750 million ($986 million) to build three stadiums and renovate seven, and 8.7 billion rand ($1.6 billion) to upgrade airports, roads and railways.

Early this month the South African Government approved a special measures bill to meet the legal requirements for hosting the tournament.

During the debate in Parliament, the Minister of Sport, Makhenkesi Stofile, was eager to dismiss criticism that construction was behind schedule and that the country's transport network wouldn't cope with the expected 350,000 visitors.

"The World Cup offers us an opportunity to present ourselves to the world for what we really can be," Mr Stofile said. "We believe that hosting the World Cup offers us the biggest opportunity to banish Afro-pessimism. We do not intend to replicate this year's World Cup or compete with the Germans. But we believe the same spirit of national pride as we saw among the Germans can be achieved among South Africans."

Despite the optimism a senior international football source has told the Herald that doubts persist. Just recently, the source said, a group of British firms pulled out of tendering for World Cup construction work because of impossible deadlines.

A FIFA spokesman described the speculation as ridiculous last night. "We were asked the same thing in July, and the president made it clear we were not looking at alternatives," he said.

However the FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, who has staked much personal prestige on Africa hosting a World Cup, could change his tune if re-elected, as expected, next June. "He can't make any hard decisions now, but if things haven't improved after his election, he might be ready to make a call," a source said.

Australia already has five stadiums [two in Melbourne and Sydney and one in Brisbane]that would meet World Cup standards. A new 60,000-seat stadium is planned for Perth.

The other three stadiums required to host a World Cup would be in New Zealand, which is in the process of upgrading grounds in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin for the 2011 rugby World Cup.

Well it looks like the media is getting behind it but really - would Australia actually have enough time to pull it off - Cant be that bad in South Africa could it???????

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As I said in the WC 2010 thread, they seem to be drawing a long bow in the article. For a start it assumes that rotation is continuing and 2018 is Oceania/Asia's turn (even assuming rotation wasn't dead, it would probably be CONACAF). Then it still floats the Aust-NZ dual hosting idea (never mind the fact we're now in different confederations). Simply full of holes.

That said, I'd have no doubt we could be ready in time if we had to. And it does seem there are real doubts about RSA's ability to get ready in time. It's just that I don't see it likely that RSA will be stripped of the tournament _ Sepp Blatter is too closely aligned with it and has too much to lose.

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I think that is the most crucial point in all this. Blatter pledged to bring the World Cup to Africa and, in doing so, staked most or all of his own personal credibility on it. He is surely going to pull out whatever stops he can to ensure South Africa are ready, simply because he wants another term as president of FIFA and this would almost kill his chances.

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First- South Africa will host 2010.

Second- 2018 is Europe's turn. Why? Because the best 4 teams of the world are European. :rolleyes:

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Rotation is dead, and of course, Oceania with only a country capable of host a WC CAN'T be in the list. If there would be a rotation, it would be Africa, Americas, Europe and Asia-Oceania, but it's dead, so...

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Although im very realistic in terms of what is expected of south africa the work that still has to be done, if there is to be a backup host then it will logically be germany,whether FIFA admit this (highly unlikely) or not...extensive work and planning has already started and has been taking place over the last three years...it would be a waste to see this go to waste, apart from the devastating effect it would have on south africa..and its future in some ways..with a record amount of sponsorship already secured, everything is on track based on the deadlines that have been set...hast the gvt been slow? yes...i dont doubt that the world cup in 2010 will be south africa, but time will tell, the price of failure would be very high..

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my fave part though is how some articles mention that NZ would be ready as co host if the tournament was moved...south africa without its new stadia already have 6-8 stadia better than what NZ could put together...its just hilarious what rubbish some journalists will write.

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my fave part though is how some articles mention that NZ would be ready as co host if the tournament was moved...south africa without its new stadia already have 6-8 stadia better than what NZ could put together...its just hilarious what rubbish some journalists will write.

New Zealand 2010? :lol: This would be the last country to go if South Africa can't host it...

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1. FIFA won't change South Africa as the host of 2010. They don't want to have 52 football federations totally angry against them.

2. Australia in 2010? I don't think so. They could be the best option against England in 2018, but not in less than four years.

3. New Zealand? Com'on... no team will cross more than 2000 kilometres to play only one match at Auckland.

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1. FIFA won't change South Africa as the host of 2010. They don't want to have 52 football federations totally angry against them.

2. Australia in 2010? I don't think so. They could be the best option against England in 2018, but not in less than four years.

3. New Zealand? Com'on... no team will cross more than 2000 kilometres to play only one match at Auckland.

4. No New Zealander would go and watch a game of soccer live when we could watch a rugby match on tv.

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4. No New Zealander would go and watch a game of soccer live when we could watch a rugby match on tv.

That's because you're the rarest people in Earth... Everyone likes football :rolleyes:

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Not everyone.

Well, most do...

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Notice Bhutan's favorite sport is... Archery :blink:

Back to the topic.

Australia-New Zealand host of a FIFA WC? Not hapening. Not only is FIFA very cold to the idea of co-hosting, but they are safer options for a back-up from South Africa, like England, Spain, the USA, Germany, France, China, Korea, Japan and Italy. And besside, FIFA will doe ANYTHING to make shure South Africa will host 2010.

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FIFA will doe ANYTHING to make shure South Africa will host 2010.

Blatter will go and built him the stadiums if necessary. His future as FIFA President passes trough South Africa in 2010. :)

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i understand what u mean mikel ..suprisingly...but the problem isnt the lack of stadia that could be used but more the lack of a decent public transport system and high crime in certain parts of some suburbs in some cities. backup venues are available if new stadia to be built are impossible to complete in time...and yes sepp blatter will pay and build the stadia himself if he has to.

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its not about NZ not wanting to watch soccer, the capacity just isnt there...much will be done up until 2011 but nothing close the scale of 2010...

Well no I disagree. Stadiums can be built and infrastructure can be improved but you can force a people to like a certain sport. I don’t think most New Zealanders would be very impressed with they’re government throwing millions of dollars at a soccer competition as where with rugby it is different.

That's because you're the rarest people in Earth... Everyone likes football

No Mikel, not everyone likes soccer. I myself have never watched a full match of soccer in my life and find the game quite boring. Ive got nothing agaist the sport, its just not for me.

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