As the foreign fans file out of OR Tambo International Airport, packing up their vuvuzelas and following their vanquished teams on long flights home, the steady trickle back into South Africa continues for the lucky few as the climax approaches. Orange will no doubt be the dominant colour in Cape Town as the Dutch descend on the Mother City, while Spanish and German fans will take over the beachfront property surrounding Durban Stadium. The Uruguayans - coming from a nation that boasts a population of just 3.5 million - will be outnumbered at the iconic Green Point Stadium in the shadow of Table Mountain, but they will make their presence known. Among the diehard fans who have made the pilgrimage in an attempt to see the remaining matches, there will also be those whose only desire is to be seen. The great, the good and the downright publicity hungry make it their business to be where the spotlight will shine brightest. Not unusually, the need to be at Sunday 's final makes it as hot a ticket as ever; football's universal appeal ensures the attention from even those who have only a passing interest in the sport. Mick Jagger, Leonardo di Caprio, Charlize Theron and the disdainfully untalented Paris Hilton have all found themselves in the midst of the action, taking up airtime and filling up column inches. Heavyweights such as Angela Merkel and Bill Clinton, too, have made their presence felt. It's not just the celebrities who have chosen to travel to South Africa for the latter stages; some of the game's key decision makers have returned after a mid-tournament sabbatical. The intensive four-plus weeks can be an arduous slog and those with the means to do so often vanish during the group stages and early knockout rounds, to return at the business end. With such a high concentration of influential individuals congregating within Fifa Land, the race is now back on to do deals, to press flesh and offer the bland platitudes that stroke the egos of the sport's political big hitters. The final days represent a last opportunity - for the next few months at least - for the countries bidding for the hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to whisper sweet somethings into the ears of the 24 men who will make those monumental decisions. December 2 in Zurich is date night for the hopefuls and between now and then the bidding war will intensify. But the number of opportunities for the bid committees to hit all of the decision makers in one go is limited, making the days leading up to the final so pivotal. The nation needing to do the most damage limitation is Australia, whose bid to host the 2022 tournament has been beset by numerous problems. As if being blindsided by Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed bin Hammam wasn't bad enough - the Qatari failed to inform the Aussies of his decision that Asia should back Europe's bid for the 2018 finals - their campaign has been the source of significant controversy in the media at home. The use of taxpayers money to employ several European lobbyists has been seized on by the press and Fifa said it would look into reports that the bidding committee gave gifts to executive committee members. The Australians are one of five nations bidding for the 2022 finals, alongside Qatar, Japan, South Korea and the United States, with the Americans considered the strongest contenders alongside Australia and Qatar. The United States has the ability and expertise to easily host the tournament, while Qatar - despite the difficulties that exist due to the high temperatures of the Middle Eastern summer - has the political clout to pull off what would be a monumental victory. With a growing number of people within Fifa pushing for the battle for 2018 to be limited to European nations, the contest is shaping up to be between England and Russia. Five countries are facing off for 2018, with combined bids from the Netherlands and Belgium as well as from Spain and Portugal joining the Americans - who are bidding for both 2018 and 2022 - on the ballot paper. Perhaps most bizarrely of all, though, is Indonesia, which had applied to host the 2022 World Cup only to be told by Fifa earlier this year that their application would not be considered due to a lack of government support. That minor technicality, however, has not stopped one group from the archipelago travelling to South Africa to state the country's case. Handing out leaflets at Johannesburg's international airport bearing the slogan 'One Earth', members of the Indonesia Football Society are trying to drum up support. 'We want Indonesia to host the World Cup,' says Hafyaz. 'We want to host a green World Cup and help save our planet through football.' It's an admirable aim, but no one is listening.