ASEAN World Cup 2034. Why not?

ASEAN World Cup 2034. Why not?

There has been much talk in the media this week about a joint ASEAN bid for the World Cup with Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and even Myanmar being touted as potential co-hosts.

It started in July this year when the vice-president of Indonesia’s football association (PSSI) Joko Driyono announced that his country had proposed leading a joint bid for the World Cup Finals, with a view to hosting the tournament in 2034.

The news immediately got the region buzzing, with excited fans dreaming of hosting the showpiece of the beautiful game in their backyard.

After all, with tourist-friendly, welcoming countries, millions of football crazy fans, and huge potential for football growth, there is arguably no better potential host region.

The influx of fans for a World Cup would not be a problem. The tourist infrastructure is already there in countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia – these places deal with millions of their own citizens on a daily basis and already jointly handle millions of tourists each year.

Singapore National Stadium | FoX Sports Asia
Singapore National Stadium | FoX Sports Asia


As for stadiums, many in the region are already capable and practically ready to host World Cup games. Think Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno, Bandung Lautan Api Stadium, Kuala Lumpur’s Bukit Jalil, the Shah Alam Stadium in Selangor, the Rajamangala in Bangkok and Singapore’s National Stadium.

Other stadia would obviously need a revamp and some new locations would probably need to be built, but with years to prepare and economic growth steady across the region then this shouldn’t prove to be a huge obstacle.

After all, if Brazil with its dilapidated infrastructure and economic problems, can successfully host a World Cup then what is stopping Southeast Asia from doing so?

- by Richard Hazeldine  (Fox Asia)

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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