Population: 22 million
Previous hosting: None
World Cup best: Last 16, 2006
Number of proposed stadia/Biggest stadium: 12/Melbourne (100,000)
Celeb figureheads: Elle Macpherson

Complex says: Australia hope Elle "The Body" Macpherson’s presence will emulate Claudia Schiffer’s impact for Germany in 2006. The Aussies start with a slight disadvantage as the only bidding nation among the nine without a countryman on the panel—Reynald Temarii, the Oceania representative, was removed because of corruption allegations. Good infrastructure and organizational legacy from the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the chance to break new ground will appeal, but the time zone could limit television revenue from European and American audiences.
Odds: 9/2