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Russia to host 2018 World Cup, 2022 to be held in Qatar

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-12-02

FIFA President Sepp Blatter (pictured) announced in Zurich on Thursday that the world football federation has selected Russia to host the 2018 World Cup and has awarded Qatar the hosting honour for 2022.

 

AP - Russia won the 2018 World Cup by receiving an absolute majority in the second round, while Qatar was awarded the 2022 tournament by beating the United States in the fourth and final round.
 
England was the first bid eliminated in the 2018 vote, going out with only two votes in the secret ballot of 22 FIFA executive committee members.
 
Russia led the first round with nine votes, followed by the joint bids of Spain-Portugal with seven and Belgium-Netherlands with four.
 
In the second round, Russia won the contest by receiving 13 votes while Spain-Portugal stayed the same with seven and Belgium-Netherlands dropped to two.
 
For the 2022 World Cup, the voting went the maximum four rounds.
 
 
In the final round, Qatar beat the United States 14-8.
 
The U.S. had only three votes in the first round, then moved up to five in
 
the second and six in the third.
 
Australia was the first eliminated with only one vote, and Japan was next out with two. South Korea dropped out after the third round with five votes.

 

Date created : 2010-12-02

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