Russia and Qatar to host 2018 and 2022 World Cups

02 Dec

FILE : Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (left) and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev



December 02, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Russia has been selected to host the 2018 World Cup by the decision of the FIFA Executive Committee in Switzerland’s Zurich on Thursday.

Russia won the right to host the Cup in a tight race with bids from England, Portugal and Spain (jointly), and Belgium and the Netherlands (jointly).

Russia’s main selling points have been an appeal to FIFA’s sense of legacy and mission to take open new borders. Russia has never hosted a major football tournament. The team behind the Russian application has also stressed the massive state support for the bid.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s decision not to travel to Zurich for the bid led to rumors that he was not sure Russia would win and did not wish to be associated with defeat. Russian officials have said however that there is no need for him to travel, as Russia was certain to win.

A Qatari man blows vuvuzela trumpets at Doha's traditional souk as people gather to follow FIFA's decision on who will host the 2022 World Cup on December 2, 2010. Qatar is bidding to host the event along with Japan, South Korea, Australia and the United States. (Photo by MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Qatar to host 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar will host the 2022 Wolrd Cup, the FIFA Executive Committee said during a ceremony in Switzerland’s Zurich on Thursday.

Qatar beat out rival bids from Australia, South Korea, the United States and Japan.  (*)

ZURICH, December 2

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