FIFA President welcomes Australian prime minister
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An Australian delegation, led by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Australian FA President Frank Lowy, visited the Home of FIFA in Zurich on Wednesday 8 July 2009 for talks with FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

Among the topics discussed was Australia’s bid to host the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™. FIFA has received a total of eleven bids to host one of the two tournaments. Apart from Australia. the following member associations have signalled their desire to host FIFA’s most important tournament: Belgium and the Netherlands, England, Indonesia, Japan, Korea Republic, Mexico, Qatar, Russia, Spain and Portugal, and the USA.

"I am delighted and honoured that the Australian prime minister has personally made his way to the Home of FIFA and conveyed to me his interest in staging a tournament. Overall, the 13 member associations and total of eleven bids reflect the enormous interest in our most important competition, the FIFA World Cup, a global event with a genuinely worldwide presence," commented Blatter.