Australia not threatened by China's bid to host World Cup: FFA

07:49, July 21, 2010      

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Football Federation Australia ( FFA) on Tuesday said it is not threatened by reports China has been preparing to launch a bid to host the World Cup in 2026.

"China's move could dent Australia's chances of hosting the event in 2022," The Australian reported on Tuesday.

Chinese football officials said they have realized the magnitude of the World Cup after the success of the recently completed finals in South Africa.

And with FIFA unlikely to let Asian confederation nations host consecutive World Cups, an emerging Chinese bid spells trouble for Australia.

China is seen as an attractive option and one of the final frontiers, along with India, for FIFA to conquer, the paper said.

Certainly, the lucrative sponsorship deals and massive television audience likely to be generated will have particular appeal to FIFA.

Meanwhile, Football Federal Australia remained confident that China's interest will not have an impact on Australia's chances.

"We can't and don't really want to comment directly about whatever anyone else may or may not be doing," a spokesman from the organization said. "However, we are very confident that we have a compelling case to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022."

Source: Xinhua


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