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Russia host for 2018 world Cup

Russia host for 2018 world Cup

Just an hour ago all footballing eyes in Zurich, England and Russia plus two joint bids from Netherlands/Belgium and Spain/Portugal were contesting the 2018 finals.

However, after the rumours that England is losing from the first voting everyone in the United Kingdom was wary about the chance of England having the chance to host the 2018 World Cup.  A few minutes later FIFA president Sepp Blatter at Zurich’s Messezentrum made the announcement of the winning bid and it was Russia and Qatar, who will stage the 2018 and 2022 finals, both first-time hosts.

Blatter said: “We go to new lands. Never has the World Cup been in Russia and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Arabic world have been waiting for a long time so I’m a happy president when we talk about the development of football.”

Russia deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, whose delegation whooped with delight on the announcement, said: “You have entrusted us with the FIFA World Cup for 2018 and I just can promise, we all can promise, you will never regret it. Let us make history together.”

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he was leaving for Zurich to thank FIFA.

“This decision shows that Russia is trusted,” Putin said before leaving for the airport to fly to Zurich.

Putin, who had complained of unscrupulous competition in the contest, said the decision showed much about Russia’s economic and political stability.

“Hurrah! Victory!” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in a Twitter post on the FIFA decision.

Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Russia will spend significantly less on preparations of the 2018 World Cup than on the organisation of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

“It’ll be significantly less,” Kudrin said. “We have a clear plan on assigning sites.”

The 22 men on FIFA’s executive committee heard half-hour presentations from each of the four competing European bids this morning.

Russia presented itself as a huge nation which had never before staged the World Cup, contrasting it with Western Europe where all the major nations have staged the event.

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