What a bummer for soccer fans in Australia…no World Cup.
No rushing around building mega-stadiums with a 2022 deadline. No further debt added to the bottom line.
Tho, it seems forty-five million dollars went down the gurgler (unless ya call paying well-off soccer consultants, advertisers, hoteliers & transport companies a good investment…at least our Governor-General got another opportunity to demonstrate on the world stage that we are not a republic)…money that could’ve been used to pump up the game in local schools, promote the sport Australia-wide…and maintain existing stadiums where soccer is played.
I guess it can be argued tho that if we had won the bid then that in itself would’ve been a real motivation for young people to get involved. There’s nothing like the prospect of attending a sporting event with a cyclone of corporate advertising to get the wee ones off the couch, away from the computers, and eating healthy food instead of cheese-encrusted pizza boxes & Big Sloppy Macs. Hmmm.
Instead, we get humiliated. ONE FREAKIN’ VOTE. I think we need a pretty octopus.
Pays to be part of the wealthy & influential Gulf States these days…or to have a big population, like Russia.
Fortunately, Frank Lowy can console himself with his money & property empire…and we can feel better knowing that the Poms lost their 2018 bid…and get back to taking out our frustrations on each other by way of The Ashes.
Besides, the UK is hosting The Olympics. How much can one BROKE BRITAIN afford? I guess it would’ve kept those long-term unemployed public servants enthused & distracted.
I’m not overly disappointed, even though I enjoy the World Cup and coached a soccer team as a secondary teacher…I reckon that in these wobbly economic times it’s better to focus on music, art, museums & other sporting events that bring in crowds but not massive debt…nor football/soccer stadiums that sit virtually empty post-World Cup…as is the case with South Africa, as mentioned by University of Melbourne Professor, Richard Tomlinson, on ABC Breakfast this morn.
Anyway, it should be fun travelling to the corporate mafia state of Russia in 2018…I wonder if at the opening ceremony Vladimir Putin, stripped to the waist, will enter the stadium atop a giant Gazprom ball…rolled by Dmitry Medvedev, arms & shoulders bulging from 8 years of lifting Russia’s oligarchs?
Just kidding Vladimir.
And at least Qatar will be launching a sports event, rather than an invasion of its neighbours.
Provided of course that Iran behaves itself…and the Saudis, UAE & Israel don’t get itchy fingers.
Tho, the liberation of Iran could be all over by 2022. This is a great motivation. Clean the decks for a corporate event. These places are getting billions & billions of dollars of weapons from the USA & other allies…more than enough to sort out their own problems.
But of course we can’t rule out Jeb Bush & Sarah Palin wanting to ride a few mini-nukes into Iran…leaving Qatar in a state of turmoil – not a nice place to visit, and I sure wouldn’t want to live there scenario- anything is possible in this loopy, volatile world we live in.
Hopefully, the buildup to the Qatar games will go peacefully…and most of those who signed the Project for the New American Century will have either departed this life or become as influential as Britney Spears…and the top Iranian kooks have accidentally blown themselves & their power sky high. That should also make Frank Lowy smile.
Other positives: Qatar might accept compulsory International Court of Justice jurisdiction…and become a cooler country all up, influencing other Arab, Muslim states.
And the USA will ratify the New START treaty because they won’t want to miss out on a chance to kick Russian butt in soccer on Russian turf. 🙂
TGIF…over to you…chat about whatever comes to mind. That might include the topic “Does “manning-up“ mean all we blokes should now walk around topless, bearing arms, flex our biceps as oft as possible, hunt all other specious with a serious frown, watch kickboxing films, stroke tigers and grab our package with a nod of appreciation whenever we feel so inclined?
I’m flexing right now…but I don’t think they’re referring to the gut.