Russia Gets 2018 World Cup – Qatar Gets 2022

It has just been announced that  Russia   are the winners to host the 2018 World Cup and a huge surprise in that Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

The World Cup – The Jules Rimet Trophy

As it turns out they were evens favorites late last night, but the fact the Prime Minister Valdimir Putin didn’t arrive in Zurich for the vote, it was thought that Russia must have therefore had little chance. Not so, as it turns out.

It’s of course a fantastic win for Russia, and now they will build new stadia, and there will be huge investment made for the World Cup in 8 years time, and the win will certainly help Russia big time in their economic development, not to mention their football development.

It will be interesting to see who they will nominate as manager before the World Cup, because they will be expected to perform well in their home country.

The countries who missed out on the 2018 Cup were England, Spain-Portugal and Belgium-Netherlands

It’s a completely crushing blow for England, and it will not be possible to put in  another bid until the 2030 World Cup so I’m pleased I watched two group games when the World Cup took place in England in 1966 and some of the games were played at St. James’ Park.

And the for the 2022 World Cup,  the winner was announced as Qatar, and that’s got to be monumental surprise, and the USA, Australia, South Korea and Japan all missed out.

It seems the votes again point out that the winners were selected because they can grow the sport around the world, and certainly Russia in particular will benefit greatly from their win.

Now there will be second guessing in England, about how the Sunday Times articles and the BBC Panorama report of last Monday night, affected England’s bid, and even the rioting after the Birmingham City – Aston Villa game last night.

But this is certainly a crushing blow to the birth-place of the sport – England.

24 comments so far

  • lewman

    Dec 2, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #1

    that was quick ed

  • Howay The Lads

    Dec 2, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #2

    You had that pre-written, didn’t you? 😉

    Gutted about the bid

  • nufcant

    Dec 2, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Fingers crossed for 2030 then aye…

  • chuck

    Dec 2, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #4

    2030! afraid that means i miss out.
    Wonder how meny venues, being Russia stretches over what is it six time zones ?
    Probably only play in the European section i guess.
    Ah well, we can catch it on the telly !

  • JamesP32

    Dec 2, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #5

    It was a f******in joke, it probably was fixed..

  • geoff777

    Dec 2, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #6

    England 2018 bid … stabbed in the back by the BBC and the Sunday rags.

  • TheGallowgateEnd

    Dec 2, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #7

    No matter the infrastructure or anything related to it… FIFA will always chose based on money or on their political interests.

    SA and Brazil doesn’t surprise me, as well as Russia beating England and Qatar, FFS, Qatar, no comments on Qatar…

  • nufcant

    Dec 2, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Qatar is 30 miles wide and 100 miles length ways. How on earth are they going to host a world cup?!

  • budmon

    Dec 2, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #9

    gutted would have loved to walk to St. James’ for a world cup match……..

  • expatgeordie

    Dec 2, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Two words “stitch up”

  • expatgeordie

    Dec 2, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #11

    2030 I’ll be pushing up daisies even my kids will be old by then. One advantage of being an old git is that at least I saw the world cup in England & England win it. Happy Days what a night we had in Newcastle & again 3 years later when the Toon won the Fairs Cup. Great Days indeed

  • expatgeordie

    Dec 2, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #12

    2022 in Qatar its so small they’ll not get all the fans in. What a load of B*ll*cks and if they play in June/July it’ll be too bloody hot.

  • davcon22

    Dec 2, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #13

    One set of crooked bas**rds looking after another set of crooked bas**rds.

  • toonloon

    Dec 2, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Er, Ed, if you saw a couple of games in northeast in ’66, you must have been to (hate to say it) Roker or Ayresome Park…unless I fell asleep and missed one, no games were played at St James.

  • Hatem Ben Arfa

    Dec 2, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #15
  • Hatem Ben Arfa

    Dec 2, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #16

    and there will be air conditions in the stadium no joke

  • giimps

    Dec 2, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #17

    we need to pull out of fifa, corrupt self proclaiming gonks.
    Keep prem league, allow goal line technology and video for decisions, they can stick their world cup up their shitter the greedy corrupt melamaniacs……………….im not bitter though !!!!!

  • Dude

    Dec 2, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Who cares ? World Cups are pants anyway. Its where the office secretary becomes Alan Hansen for a month. Toon Toon Black and White Army ! (Repeat x 10)

  • Sav

    Dec 2, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #19

    A Crushing blow? Bit of hyperbole there, Ed.
    If it were that, then all the sporting values of yesteryear will have been for nowt. The bid, anyway, is about PR, politics and keeping a useless nowt like Blatter in his well-paid job.

  • Toonboy_84

    Dec 2, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #20


  • Toon XI

    Dec 2, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #21

    This is going to sound horrible, but…FFS, the World Cup from 2006-2022 in these countries…

    South Africa

    Seriously???? With their levels of crime and lacking decent infrastructure has FIFA lost its mind. In today’s day and age of deficit spending and high debt levels they opt for countries that now have to expand airports, stadiums and infrastructure to host the bloody tournament. Very irresponsible! But then again, I’m sure their pockets were lined with cash nevertheless.

    Frustrating. Absolutely frustrating.

  • Toon XI

    Dec 2, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Sorry..WC from 2010 to 2022.

  • Charlietoon

    Dec 2, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Qatar are going to build new stadiums and then after the cup dismantle them and send them to poorer countries…..

    Australia is the ONLY continent never to host the world cup….but then again if you had it here everyone would have to get up in the middle of the night to watch the games….like we do every world cup

  • Brisvegas

    Dec 3, 2010 at 5:31 AM

    Comment #24

    Charlietoon – We could play the games from 10pm till dawn so that the rest of the world wouldn’t have to confront their commitment to the game.

    Ed – there were no games at SJP during the 1966 World Cup


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