For you futbol fans not near a news outlet, FMMF (not so) Breaking News reports in double upsets Russia wins hosting rights for the World Cup in 2018 and Qatar in 2022. A major blow for Anglo Saxons as Britain was one of the favorites for 2018 (or at least a traditional European nation), and U.S. a shoo in for 2022! (another subtle shift in the world power from west to east?)
So instead of the world's most dominant sporting event held in Chicago in 2022, it looks like soccer fans are headed for the 'moderate climate' of Qatar in mid to late summer. Errr....
U.S. lost in the last round 14-8 in 2022. (let's repeat that... the U.S. just lost to Qatar!)
- Qatar is no larger than Connecticut and has a population of barely 1.6 million. The 2022 tournament would be played largely in and around the main city of Doha, and in summer temperatures that regularly soar to 105 degrees and above.
As for 2018, Spain and Portugal in the midst of financial crisis, that must have been an interesting bid.
If you want to see an organization rife with corruption and politics, the world governing body for soccer takes a back seat for no one... we can only wonder what the sheiks and Putin promised for these bids.
(For investment purposes, Brazil has the double win of the Olympics and World Cup, and now so does Russia - 2014 Olympics, 2018 World Cup. Should bode well for infrastructure projects)
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 andRussia 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 andUSA 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)