ENGLAND GOT BEAT BY RUSSIA AND THE U.S. BY QUATAR HOW BIZARRE!
Soccer’s governing body chose the risky options to host the World Cup in 2018 and 2022, picking Russia and Qatar as it tries to expand the sport in emerging markets.
FIFA selected the pair during a secret vote yesterday in Zurich. They were the only nations out of nine candidates that didn’t get an overall “low risk” rating from FIFA’s technical assessment team. The Gulf state was the sole “high risk” bid, with Russia the lone “medium risk” candidate.
The decision means that the world’s most-watched sporting event will be in developing nations four times in a row. South Africa held the World Cup this year, and Brazil is preparing for the 2014 tournament. Russia, which will be the first Eastern European host, beat England and joint bids from Portugal-Spain and the Netherlands-Belgium for 2018. Qatar’s victory over the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Australia moves the event to the Middle East for the first time four years later.