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World Cup ’18 & ’22: Results & Suspicion

Joseph Blatter, current President of FIFA, announced the host countries for World Cups 2018/2022 this past Thursday.

Perhaps the biggest recent news in soccer, the FIFA World Cup Committee announced the host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. For those not keeping track everyday, the 2018 candidates were: England, Spain/Portugal, Russia, and Netherlands/Belgium. The 2022 candidates were: Australia, Qatar, Japan, USA, and the Korea Republic.

On Thursday, it was announced:

The 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia.

The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar.

It is upsetting for all of us to hear that the United States will not be hosting the 2022 World Cup, especially after seeing the fervor the 2010 World Cup brought with it. However, as soccer fans, we will respect (although we will certainly talk about) the decision and wait, eagerly, for another exciting clash of soccer greats.

The votes for each round went as follows:

2018

Round 1: England 2 votes, Netherlands/Belgium 4 votes, Spain/Portugal 7 votes and Russia 9 votes.

Round 2: Netherlands/Belgium 2 votes, Spain/Portugal 7 votes and Russia 13 votes (Russia obtain absolute majority)

2022

Round 1: Australia1 vote, Japan 3 votes, US 3 votes, South Korea 4 votes and Qatar 11 votes.

Round 2: Japan 2 votes, South Korea 5 votes, US 5 votes and Qatar 10 votes.

Round 3: South Korea 5 votes, US 6 votes and Qatar 11 votes.

Round 4: US 8 votes and Qatar 14 votes (Qatar obtain absolute majority)

For those curious, the final presentations given by Qatar and Russia are provided below. Get your passports ready! The beautiful game is traveling to new places!

Russia’s Final Presentation

Qatar’s Final Presentation

For those suspicious:

“FIFA was facing fresh bribery claims Sunday after a whistle-blower accused two executive members of the international soccer body of striking deals worth $1.5 million for their votes ahead of last week’s contest to host the World Cup.” (Read more via NYPost.com)

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