Haven't seen this posted yet, but please feel free to delete this thread if it's already up somewhere. From the 9/2 NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/02/sports/soccer/03SOCCER.html. All the way at the bottom in the "Corner Kicks" section. Seems like the Aussies may have trouble coming up with the cash to run this thing. Also, IIRC, NZ is the Oceania qualifier, so that would include two OFC teams, which may not be good for global interest. I think that France as host would allow Italy (UEFA runner-up) in as the UEFA rep., which would make for a more attractive field. Plus, Platini is a valued ally of Sepp.