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Osim, Troussier to assist Japan in bid for World Cup

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Australia have a strong hand in not previously having hosted it, and having had a very successful Olympics, but is there really enough popular support there?

You are right Bobo - there is just not the support there yet for a code of football that is still only the 3rd most popular in Australia. 2022 is a different proposition, though - soccer is growing exponentially at a junior level, and we have the facilities to put on a great show. Australia for 2022!

BTW, I am shocked - and glad - to hear Osim is still alive and kicking, and will be wheeled out to support Japan's bid.

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I think we will easily get it (Netherlands-Belgium)

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bobo: agree completely. As for your final sentence though, it'll never happen (the accounting part)

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Stirfry, I think the problem is that being an elected politician is just an incredibly boring job; once the excitement of the election is over, all you look forward to, unless you want to really line your pockets, is people coming to you with problems about garbage, roads, kids schools, etc. (See the downfall of Tommy Carcetti in The Wire, for example.) So, they love these junkets; the twin towns, the "research trips", and if you come from a big enough town, the major sporting events. Travel, excellent cuisine, opportunities for all sorts of extra-curricular activities. If I ever get the vote I'd like to see some in-depth accounts for exactly where the money goes, though.

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bobo, thats just rational thinking, and it has no place in japan, especially when its time for the annual bid-a-thon using other peoples money

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Any non-European nations bidding for 2018 are wasting their time and their taxpayers money. The 2022 bid, however, is more open, since it cannot go to Europe or South America. This leaves, at the moment, Japan, Korea, Australia, Indonesia, US and Quatar. Australia have a strong hand in not previously having hosted it, and having had a very successful Olympics, but is there really enough popular support there? I wouldn't discount Japan totally for 2022, but they shouldn't waste their time any more with 2018, or with the Olympics, for that matter.

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hey japan, good luck in 3022 !

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Japan have about as much chance of getting it as they do in getting the 2016 olympics...oh they failed! well here's to more bad news! P.S. Japan had it eight years ago, its not like they're being greedy! I guess they like bad news or are proud of coming 4th 5th or lower.

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Australia or England would be my choice. Canada would be an excellent choice. Not just because all the facilities are already in place but it's also the only way we'll ever qualify for the damn thing!

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I'd take any of the other candidates over Japan - do they honestly think they have a shot at getting the WC again so soon?

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yeah kinda desperate on both counts

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I don't understand how Japan can think that they get the World Cup in the forseeable future.... I mean, they co-hosted the WC in 2002. And as for Tokyo getting the Olympics again....

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