FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has just announced the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup matches.
The FIFA Executive Committee has chosen Russia to host the 2018 World Cup, and Qatar is to host the 2022 Cup.
All eyes were on Zurich, Switzerland, home of FIFA, and reporters were aflutter as they awaited Blatter’s announcement Thursday morning.
Russia competed against England and joint bids from Belgium/Netherlands and Spain/Portugal for the chance at FIFA’s 2018 championship. “
Australia, Japan, the Korea Republic (South Korea), and the USA, were in the running for the 2022 World Cup, but Qatar prevailed in the end.
Former President Bill Clinton, along with President Obama, and actor Morgan Freeman took part the U.S.‘s bid for 2022, and Clinton is now famously quoted as saying, “Maybe America’s best claim to this World Cup is that we have the only nation you can put the World Cup that can guarantee no matter who makes the final, we can fill a stadium with home-nation rooters.
Now all that’s left to decide are the cities in which Russia and Qatar will host.