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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Indonesia to bid on World Cup 2018 or 2022

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With the deadline looming by next Monday, Indonesia today applied with FIFA to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup competition.

Six Bids Tabled
According to FIFA, there were already five bids:
  • England
  • Japan
  • Portugal and Spain joint bid (President Sepp Blatter later said he didn't favor joint bids).
  • Qatar
  • Russian Federation
Others are expected before Monday. FIFA wants to analyze bids for both competitions, and make a final decision on each in December 2010.
"A lack of footballing pedigree -- the national team is currently placed 144th in FIFA's world rankings -- and creaking infrastructure mean Indonesia will likely be labelled an outsider for hosting the World Cup.

Nugraha Besoes, secretary general of the Indonesian FA (PSSI), said the lengthy run-up towards the 2022 World Cup would help the country's chances of tabling a serious bid.
'We can see that this is about 13 years ahead, so why don't we be brave and try to host it?' he said.

World soccer's governing body decided in 2007 to adapt its continental rotation policy,
announcing that future World Cups could not be staged in any continent that had hosted one of the two previous World Cups.

If Indonesia's expression of interest develops into a full bid, it could be in direct competition with fellow Asian football confederation members Japan and Australia."

Semoga beruntung, Indonesia.

Update: 03 February 2009.

Belgium/Holland, Korea, Mexico, and the USA have made bids. The evaluation process by FIFA begins in March.

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