FIFA made two bold decisions today in Zurich, Switzerland to showcase the sport in the largest country in the world, along with one of the smallest. This will also mark the first time that the World Cup will take place in the Middle East.
--- Vitaly Mutko, Russian Sports Minister from Zurich after the announcement.
"We are honored to win in a tough but fair fight... I was born in Leningrad. It went through 900 days of bombing in World War II. No food, electricity or heat. Football made us in that tragic time. It helped people to survie. Football brings a spark in the eyes of people. Young and old... Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
--- Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister, in comments from Zurich later in the day.
Source: BBC World Service.
"Football is a game with fighting spirit... This game is giving a lot of hope to humanity and to the youth of this world... I have to give a big compliment to all of the bidders...
Football is a school of life. You have to learn to win and lose."
--- FIFA President, Joseph Blatter, today in Zurich.
"22 members of the FIFA Executive Committee were entitled to vote. 12 votes were needed for an absolute majority and therefore to obtain the right to host the FIFA World Cup.
2018 FIFA World Cup™
Round 1: England 2 votes, Netherlands/Belgium 4 votes, Spain/Portugal 7 votes and Russia 9 votes (as no absolute majority was reached, the candidate with least amount of votes, England, was eliminated)
Round 2: Netherlands/Belgium 2 votes, Spain/Portugal 7 votes and Russia 13 votes (Russia obtained an absolute majority).
2022 FIFA World Cup™
Round 1: Australia 1 vote, Japan 3 votes, Korea Republic 4 votes, Qatar 11 votes, USA 3 votes (Australia eliminated)
Round 2: Japan 2 votes, Korea Republic 5 votes, Qatar 10 votes and USA 5 votes (Japan eliminated)
Round 3: Korea Republic 5 votes, Qatar 11 votes, USA 6 votes (Korea Republic eliminated)
Round 4: Qatar 14 votes and USA 8 votes (Qatar obtained an absolute majority)."
FIFA Executive Summaries of Bid Evaluation Reports (PDF)
Interview with Prof. Dennis Coates, author of "World Cup Economics."
A contrarian view on the US bid.
Interview with Andrew Jennings of Transparency in Sport. He was involved in the recent BBC Panoroma program and has investigated FIFA in the past.
Economic Projections in Qatar for the Next Decade by The Independent, Dec. 2, 2010.
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