Australia miss out on World Cup
THE sighs of disappointment were heard around Australia yesterday morning as the nation's hopes of hosting the World Cup were shattered and Qatar was named as the host of the prestigious event.
Local football enthusiast and long-time player Dominic Benz said that the news was a crushing disappointment to soccer fans, young and old.
“It's fairly disappointing considering the amount of effort that was put into it,” Benz said.
Benz said that the main disappointing factor was that being named host of the sport's most prominent event could have had a substantial affect on the sport in Australia.
“It really had the potential to increase the popularity of soccer in Australia,” he said.
“It's not going as far as it could in Australia and this could really have been a push-along.”
The news was a huge disappointment to young football enthusiasts throughout the country as their dreams of competing in the World Cup in their home land disappeared, and Benz said the loss would also impact the older fans.
“Having it here would have been great for not just the younger players but also the older generation,” he said.
“As they get older they tend to lose interest and this would have kept them interested.”
Rubbing salt into the wound was the fact that Australia received just one nomination out of a possible 22, something which left Benz dumbfounded.
“It adds a lot of insult to injury; I would have thought that we would have had a little more interest,” he said
“I don't know what Qatar would have over Australia, we have better infrastructure and better support.”
“I just don't know.”