Australia lacks the vocabulary for failure #worldcup #ausbid
The tiny emirate of Qatar, notable to most people until now for the absence of a “U” after the “Q”, has won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup. One of the many countries who were unsuccessful was Australia who, in fact, were eliminated in the first round. After receiving a single vote. Out of 22. 4.5 percent. Ouch.
There was a tragi-comic vignette buried in the Age coverage:
Socceroos fan Kristina Cowmey from Concord was “quietly optimistic” that the decision would go Australia’s way and many in the crowd shared her view.
Cowmey is probably wishing she had kept her optimism ever quieter.
More generally, the Australian media appear to be scrambling for the words to capture this abject humiliation. This is how Sky News is putting it:
Australia was left stunned as the tiny emirate state walked away with the prize.
Qatar beat us in the race to host to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Australia brims with confidence, especially when it comes to sport. If the world was a high school, Australia is a tanned, ripped, ambidextrous jock. Losing does not come naturally.
By contrast, England, which was similarly rejected in its bid for 2018 World Cup, is well equipped for failure. The word “stunned” is only ever used with respect to English sport when they win something.