Russia to host 2018 Fifa World Cup

Russia has beaten England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Portugal in its bid to host the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

Russia to host 2018 Fifa World Cup
Russia to host 2018 Fifa World Cup
The Fifa Executive Committee announced today in Zurich’s Messe that Russia will host the 2018 Fifa World Cup, while the 2022 event has been awarded to Qatar.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said: "For 2018 and 2022 we go to new lands, because the Fifa World Cup has never been in eastern Europe or the Middle East. But I have to give big compliments to all the bidders for the big job they have done and the messages they have delivered."

Russia's deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov 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." 

Boris Johnson: ‘disappointed’

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London expressed his disappointment at England not winning the 2018 bid.  

 
He said: "This is a tremendously disappointing result. We put together a cracking bid, our technical specification was top notch and our stadiums would have been packed to the rafters. Londoners love football. We remain 100 per cent focused on developing London as the most exciting sporting destination in the world, and we have a lot to offer other countries from putting together our bid and from planning the Olympic and Paralympic Games."

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