For the first time in history, soccer-obsessed Indonesia will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter confirmed Indonesia’s successful bid following a vote by the governing body’s 22-man executive committee.
The president of the Indonesia Football Association, Djohar Pal Subanget, has revealed his delight at winning the right to host the 2026 World Cup.
Indonesia will host the World Cup finals for the first time and beat more-fancied bids from Australia and the United States, as well as 2002 World Cup co-hosts Japan and South Korea.
“Yes Indonesia may have only appeared once in the World Cup before, but think about what this can do for our region.
“I am pretty sure that you will see millions of people across the country celebrating the announcement.
“Now for the next 11 years, we have to ensure from a grassroots level this World Cup really captures everyone and makes sure that this is implemented so that everyone can celebrate.
“Today we celebrate, tomorrow we begin our journey and 11 years of hard work to ensure that all of Indonesia feel that this is their World Cup.”
“It’s been 85 years since the first World Cup in Uruguay – how long would you have to wait for a World Cup to come to the Indonesia.
“It was inevitable. I am so happy at this time.”