Australia to bid for football's Club Cup

Other News Materials 18 May 2008 14:15 (UTC +04:00)

Australia on Sunday put in a bid to depose Japan and host the 2009 and 2010 FIFA Club World Cups.

Japan has run the last three tournaments, will host it again later this year, and wants to continue has host.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) chief executive Ben Buckley said in a statement that Australia had "strong credentials" to be in charge of a tournament that is contested by six champion clubs from each FIFA confederation and a team from the host country, the dpa reported.

AC Milan won last year with Argentina's Boca Juniors second and Urawa Red Diamonds from Japan third.

The United Arab Emirates is also bidding to be host.

"We want to be a strong and positive contributor to the world of football in as many ways as possible," Buckley said. "Next week's FIFA Congress is part of that strategy, as is the 2015 Asian Cup, bidding for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and also the 2009 and 2010 Club World Cup."

A decision will be made on who will host the 2009 and 2010 FIFA Club World Cup when the FIFA executive meets in Sydney next week. The FIFA Congress will attract around 2,000 delegates drawn from the 208 member nations.