News breaking today is that England were nowhere near getting the 2018 World Cup, and in fact were the country eliminated in the first round.
These Three Lions couldn’t pull it off for England
And the shocking news is that England picked up only two votes in the first round, and were immediately eliminated.
This is an unbelievable slap in the face for England, and may reflect all the hullabaloo that was consistently going on in the English gossip press, with revelations of corruption amongst the FIFA officials themselves.
The voters should be asked why they didn’t vote for England, so at least we can learn for future bids, and whether it’s even worth putting in future bids.
The voting for the first round for 2018 was as follows:
Russia 9, Spain-Portugal 7 Belgium-Netherlands 4 and England 2.
In the second round the two England votes were picked up by Russia and they also got two votes that defected from Belgium-Netherlands.
The round 2 vote was as follows:
Russia 13 Spain-Portugal 7 Belgium-Netherlands 2.
And that was it – Russia won it – and rather easily too. The voting continued until the first country got a majority of 12 or more votes.
But it’s becoming obvious to us that the countries to host the World Cup are selected, not for how good their bid is, but by how much it will expand the game of football world-wide.
If you think of it in that way, then it will be difficult for England to get the World Cup anytime soon, because England hardly needs any help to make their football more popular – do they?
But one country did even worse than England in the voting, because for the 2022 vote, Australia picked up just one vote in the first round – and they were the favorites?
It seems the US at least got through to the second round for the 2022 tournament.