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Russia and Qatar to host World Cups

It is the first time that either Qatar or Russia has been chosen as host nation for the World Cup.

Qatar 2022

Qatar got the better of the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea to stage the 2022 event.

It has promised air-conditioned and eco-friendly stadiums to combat 50C summer heat, and the chance to see more than one match per day due to the small size of the country.

With few of the stadiums or transport links yet to be built, Fifa is said to have taken a leap of faith in choosing Qatar.

But with billions of dollars in oil and gas revenue available to spend, the attraction of a first World Cup in the Middle East appears to have tilted the scales in its favour.

Russia 2018

The Russian bid was picked ahead of England, Spain-Portugal and Holland-Belgium to host the 2018 event.

Russia fits with Fifa’s preference for new territories following the success of South Africa’s first World Cup in 2010.

It has a vast budget and the backing of the government.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, said his country was honoured to win a “tough and fair fight” to host the tournament.

Putin arrived in Zurich late on Thursday, hours after Fifa’s executive committee announced the results of the vote.

“You can take my word for it, the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be up to the highest standards,” said Putin.

“New modern stadiums and facilities will be built in time and to perfection. We are eager to do our best to secure the comfort and safety of our guests.”


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