01 August 2007

Australia to bid for Asian Cup

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Australia is hoping to host the 2015 Asian Cup despite their early exit from this year's tournament.

>Football Federation of Australia (FFA) chairman Frank Lowy has already met with FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) boss Mohamed Bin Hammam to discuss the country's bid for the event and it could prove to be an excellent stepping stone for their hopes to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

Australia only opted to move away from the Oceanic Cup in 2006 because of a lack of competition from other nations. However, their debut was less than successful in the 2007 Asian Cup after they lost in the quarter-finals to Japan on penalties.

Leading FFA official John O'Sullivan explained that the country has a strong history of hosting world class events.

"We've shown the world we can host Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games, the Rugby World Cup, swimming world championships and we do it well," said Mr O'Sullivan.

He added: "We've always said that it's about setting a pathway of events. We've secured the first two in the AFC gala awards in November and the FIFA congress in May of next year."

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