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Photostream : Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev meets Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (L) and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev give a joint press conference in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, on December 3, 2010. Berlusconi met with Medvedev as leaked US cables revealed growing anxiety in Washington about the Italian prime minister's ties to Moscow. (Photo by VLADIMIR RODIONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, welcomes Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the Russian Black sea resort of Sochi on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. Italy's prime minister is on an official visit to Russia against the background of a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable that alleges an uncomfortably close relationship between him Russian premier Vladimir Putin. (Getty Images)

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) talks with Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at Krasnaya Polyana resort in Sochi, December 3, 2010. Medvedev on Friday said leaked diplomatic cables showed the "cynicism" of U.S. diplomacy. REUTERS/Vladimir Rodionov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) meets with Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at Krasnaya Polyana resort in Sochi, December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Vladimir Rodionov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

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PM Cameron paid tribute to the England 2018 team who worked round the clock to try and secure an England World Cup

Prime Minister David Cameron reacts as he listens to Prince Charles speaking about England's unsuccessful FIFA 2018 World Cup bid during the Business in the Community annual general meeting on December 2, 2010 in London, England. Cameron and England were disappointed today after losing to Russia in their bid to stage the FIFA 2018 World Cup. (Photo by Andrew Winning - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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December 02, 2010 (KATAKAMI / NUMBER10.GOV.UK) — The PM said he was bitterly disappointed that England was unsuccessful and said “it was hard to see what more we could have done”.

Mr Cameron said England had the best technical bid, the strongest commercial bid and “a real passion for football” but added: “It turns out that’s not enough.”

 

He said:

“I would pay huge tribute and credit to David Beckham, who gave an inspirational speech, to Prince William, who worked incredibly hard and spoke brilliantly.

“The whole of the team worked round the clock. They produced the best technical bid, they produced a fantastic commercial bid, they brought the country together.

“It’s hard to see what more you can do, but in the end it turns out having the best technical bid, the best commercial bid, a passion for football, that’s not enough.”

Russia will host the World Cup in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.   (*)

 
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PM Cameron 'sad' to miss out and praises strength of World Cup bid

(L-R) England 2018 Bid Ambassador David Beckham, Prince William and British Prime Minister David Cameron during a reception at the Steigenberger hotel a day before the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cup Bid Announcement on December 1, 2010. (Photo by Anthony Devlin - Pool/Getty Images)

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December 02, 2010 (KATAKAMI / SKYSPORTS.COM) — Prime Minister David Cameron admits it is ‘desperately sad’ that England missed out on the chance to host the 2018 World Cup.

Cameron formed part of a strong bid team in Zurich this week and joined the likes of Prince William and David Beckham in pressing England’s case.

However, Fifa’s executive committee plumped for Russia as first-time hosts of the tournament, with reports claiming England crashed out in the first round of voting.

The Prime Minister said he was ‘bitterly disappointed’ that England’s bid had not won the vote, with Russia also beating the joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Holland/Belgium.


Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov (R) shakes hands with Britain's Prince William after the official announcement that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup on December 2, 2010 at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich. (Photo by SEBASTIAN DERUNGS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Speaking after Fifa president Sepp Blatter had announced the decision, Cameron also paid tribute to the bid team, including an “inspirational” Beckham and Prince William, who he said “worked incredibly hard and spoke brilliantly” on behalf of England.

Cameron said England had the best technical bid and what he believed was the strongest commercial bid, but added: “It turns out that’s not enough.”

“It is desperately sad,” said Cameron. “There hasn’t been a World Cup in England in my lifetime.

“I was hoping we could change that, but not this time.” (*)

 
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Putin heads to Zurich to join Russia 2018 Cup celebrations

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin

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December 02, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has made a swift departure for Zurich to celebrate Russia’s successful 2018 World Cup bid.

“I am going to Zurich. I promised members of the Executive Committee that if the decision was made in Russia’s favor, I would certainly come to thank them personally and speak about our preparation plans,” Putin said.

On Wednesday Putin announced that he would not join the Russian delegation for the announcement ceremony as he did not want put pressure on the FIFA executives making the decision.

The premier said he had been confident that the Russian bid would win.

“My confidence was based on the fact that Russia deserves to host the Cup,” Putin said.

Other countries bidding to host one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar were England, Portugal and Spain (jointly), and Belgium and the Netherlands (jointly).  (*)

MOSCOW, December 2

 
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