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Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chairman Frank Lowy today welcomed the Australian Government’s $45.6 million in support for FFA’s bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Australia faces competition from nations such as England, Russia, Spain and the US, but Lowy remains confident that Australia can successfully bid to host the tournament.

“This is not an impossible dream. It is very achievable,” said Mr Lowy.

“While I understand that there is a view emanating from Europe that it may well be the turn of Europe to be the hosts in 2018, the fact is football is a world game.

“Europe has unquestionably been the focus of football growth and development for much of the past 80 years, but the future of football is in the ‘new world’ – that is, the developing and growing regions of the world such as Asia.”

Mr Lowy said that the Asian Football Confederation is the fastest growing region in world football and has room for further growth.

“Our focus is on 2018 because it is a powerful way to develop football in the Asian region and Australia has the capacity to host a major sporting event in this timeframe.”

“Bidding for the World Cup, and winning it, is an investment which will pay dividends for the nation and future generations of Australians,” Mr Lowy said.

Lowy stated that FFA’s bid required 13 votes from the 24 members of the FIFA executive. The vote will be held before June 2011.

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Published on December 10, 2008

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