2018 FIFA World Cup will be hosted in Russia

“Russia has chosen to host the 2018 World Cup,” – president Joseph S. Blatter announced the result of the FIFA Executive Committee’s secret vote on Thursday 2 December 2010 in Zurich’s Messe.

“I have to say thanks to the Executive Committee of FIFA,“ – said Joseph S. Blatter. – “ For 2018 and 2022 we go two new lands, because the FIFA World Cup has never been in eastern Europe or the Middle East. So, I’m a happy president when we speak of the development of football. But I have to give big compliments to all the bidders for the big job they have done and the messages they have delivered. All have delivered the message that football is more than just a game. Football is not only about winning; it is also a school of life where you must learn to lose, and that is not easy.”

England and Spain are previous FIFA World Cup hosts, with the 1966 tournament on English soil ending in the Three Lions’ only world crown to date. The Iberians staged the 1982 edition of world football’s showpiece event, when the Trophy was won by Italy.

Igor Shuvalov, Russia’s deputy prime minister said: “You have entrusted us with the FIFA World Cup for 2018 and I can promise that you will never regret it. Let us make history together.”

Jumping up from his seat was Russia captain and Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin. The delighted 29-year-old spoke with FIFA.com after the announcement: “It’s going to be the best World Cup in history, because Russians are so hospitable. I hope it will change the way that Europe and the world view Russia – and hopefully change the opinion of Russian people too.”

The 2022 FIFA World Cup™ was awarded to Qatar. A clearly delighted Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani also expressed gratitude for the honour of hosting football’s greatest tournament, while insisting that Qatar’s historic FIFA World Cup would meet all expectations.

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