The bid nonsurprise today was that there was a mild surprise – Qatar – which poked its way through to World Cup glory. Russia was always one of the likely candidates, but everyone had thought the United States and their safe bid would conquer the day.
Not so, and legacy building was apparently more important to FIFA than a bit of a cash guarantee.
These are the breakdowns for voting on the bids, via the Guardian.
Two major, major surprises from the tallies:
i. England never had a prayer, some of which may be sour grapes due to the BBC… Continue reading
The much anticipated BBC documentary detailing the probe into FIFA’s handling of World Cup bids was finally aired, with some unsurprisingly surprising results: they’re quite dirty.
The man running the show is the rather infamous Andrew Jennings, who earned his fame by running afoul of FIFA, writing a book on their dabblings on the wrong side of integrity.
Though informative, unfortunately we can only assume nothing will change, as this is FIFA, and FIFA’s been doing whatever it wants for years.
Still, however, a good watch.
[Via 101 Great Goals]