FIFA in Zurich announced that Russia is organizing the 2018 World Cup. The holland belgium-bid and favourite bid England fell off.
The choice of Russia was only established after two rounds of voting.
England was in the first ballot only two votes (compared to four for the Netherlands / Belgium, seven in Spain / Portugal and Russia for nine), resulting in the final round three candidates remained.
The two joint candidates laid it therein against Russia, with thirteen votes had an absolute majority. Netherlands / Belgium was – remarkably enough – dropped to two votes, while Spain / Portugal once again kept seven votes.
It is the first time that the World Cup held in Russia. Spain organized the tournament once in 1982, England in 1966. Netherlands and Belgium have never organized the tournament.
Vladimir Putin was a notable absentee during the announcement in Zurich, but the prime minister of Russia Thursday after the Swiss still travel to the city to thank FIFA for the assignment of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“I want the members of the Executive Committee of FIFA for their
trust, “Putin said.” And I want to assure the leadership of FIFA that we will do everything to ensure that the Cup will be the level it deserves. ”
World Cup 2022 at Qatar
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