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
These moves have been unofficial for some time with FIFA reportedly just dropping them from consideration and pushing the 2018 World Cup to Europe, but today they’ve been made official – probably with some heavy pushing from FIFA.
Nothing’s really changed but the names on the bid committee: World Cup 2018 has always been heading to Europe, while 2022 will go either Asia (including Australia) or the US.The news reads as such:
FIFA says the United States has pulled out of the bidding race for the 2018 World Cup to focus on getting hosting rights in 2022.
FIFA… Continue reading