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The biggest losers from FIFA's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals to Russia and Qatar are football fans.

The shadowy FIFA executive has selected the two bidding hosts with the lowest technical scores from their own analysis. In other words, FIFA has selected the hosts with the least favourable facilities for football fans.

For 2018 FIFA had the option of selecting England, Spain/Portugal, Netherlands/Belgium and Russia. ...
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It has been exactly 7 years since the publication of the ground breaking Crawford Report.

The findings of the "Report of the Independent Soccer Review Committee into the Structure, Governance and Management of Soccer in Australia", aka the Crawford Report, has driven the transformation of the administration of football in Australia. ...
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The Socceroos have been drawn in a tough but favourable World Cup Group for the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa.

Australia have been drawn with Germany, Serbia and Ghana. Most importantly Australia's group does not contain a South American side who typically prove to be our most difficult opponents in international football.

The order of the group fixtures also favoured Australia. ...
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Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced Australia's bid to host the 2018 World Cup Finals. But Adelaide looks almost certain to miss out on hosting any games thanks to more inaction by SA Premier Mike Rann.

In announcing the bid Kevin Rudd identified the key venues as the MCG in Victoria, the Sydney Football Stadium in NSW, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and the new $1bn stadium being built in Perth - not a single mention of Adelaide. ...
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