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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 Qatar bid video made the rounds on the internet like some celebrity sex video, but Russia’s bid video fell well below the radar, mostly because their bid wasn’t rooted in some far-off fantasy world.

Just watching it now, because, if you haven’t heard, they just got the World Cup, it’s a surprisingly good proposal and a nice video. And proof that to sell stuff, you don’t need Morgan Freeman.

Entire markets just crashed upon this revelation.Also worth noting we now have to sets of Olympics piggybacking World Cups, or vice-versa: Brazil/Rio and Sochi/Russia.

The clock is tumbling down on the World Cup 2018/2022 bid process, now at less than 48 hours. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably heard every rumor imaginable, and that everyone outside of The Betherlands (a portmanteau seemingly too good to pass up – even Nelgium works – but they will) and South Korea (which will be placated by the 2018 Winter Olympics), has been tipped to receive the tournament.

However, a key piece of info has arisen:

England and the U.S. are the only countries bidding to host the World Cup in 2018 and 2022 that can meet… Continue reading

The 2010 World Cup is behind us, but for the world of women’s soccer, things are just now heating up, and after Saturday, the last qualification spot for the 2011 FIFA Womens World Cup will be filled. But Saturday is more than just the final match in a long qualification campaign – it could be one of the biggest upsets in the history of women’s football. The USA, the best team in Womens World Cup history, who have finished at least third in all five previous Cups, has to hold off Italy for the final spot, and the victory is… Continue reading

49 days and counting until the decision on World Cups 2018 & 2022 is made, so the bid nations are releasing their details in a huff.

Well, Qatar and Japan are, anyway. They’re waging battle for a futuristic, mind-numbingly expensive Asian cup while the rest of the world sort of sits back and watches.

Japan has detailed some of the technology it has planned for the tournament in the above video, including: the holographic replication of players and scantily-clad dancers, automatic translators inspired by Star Trek and human flight.

The glitz and glamor of the upcoming World Cup bid process has centered around Qatar and their aesthetically jaw-dropping, sweat-nullifying futuristic stadiums.

But the rumblings surrounding Japan’s proposed bid were the real prize; a treasure chest of possibilities which would not only spur the World Cup forward, but the very state of sport.

The details of their technological revolution are leaking, and to put it bluntly: it’s just stupidly good.CNet:

In its bid for the 2022 World Cup, Japan is proposing to shoot all of its games in 3D and then beaming them holographically onto 400 pitches around… Continue reading

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