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Despite Saudi announcement: Australia wants to scrutinize its World Cup bid

Despite Saudi Arabia’s interest, Australia wants to continue looking at a potential bid for the 2034 World Cup. “As previously announced, Football Australia is exploring the possibility of bidding for the 2029 Club World Cup and the 2034 World Cup,” association boss James Johnson said, according to Australian media.

We take note of FIFA’s message considering the tournament in eleven years, and after the Men’s World Cup in Qatar in 2022 and the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2023, we are “encouraged. The football family of Asia and Oceania will once again have the opportunity to welcome the world and host the best FIFA tournaments.” Available,” the Football Australia chief said.

On Wednesday, after a council meeting, FIFA surprisingly announced that the 2030 World Cup will be held in Europe (Spain, Portugal) and Africa (Morocco), with the opening match and in South America (Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay)). Due to the rotation policy, hosting the World Cup after four years is only possible in Asia and Oceania.

With Saudi Arabia, heavily criticized for human rights abuses, announcing its bid after FIFA’s decision, Australia’s chances are seen as slim. In addition, the chairman of the Asian Association of Nations (AFC) Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa has already pledged support to the desert state.