World Cup Stories : Chapter 8

WRITTEN BY JAMES MONTAGUE PRODUCED BY TIFO STUDIOS

December 2nd 2010, is a day that has gone down in infamy. It was the day, in Zurich, when the then
FIFA president announced who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals. Of course, the
moment Sepp Blatter pulled out a card and read the name QATAR is the most memorable and
controversial moment. But, no less important and no less controversial was the choice of the 2018
World Cup hosts: Russia.

In a way, both choices were not much of a surprise. FIFA under Blatter had become much less
Western European centric, and looked to spread power and money in football around the world. So
a first World Cup finals in the Middle East and another in Eastern Europe, fitted their MO perfectly.

Series: World Cup Stories

FIFA World Cup 2018 | The story of qualification | Asia, Oceania and North/Central America. FIFA World Cup 2018 | The story of qualification | South America & Africa FIFA World Cup 2018 | The story of qualification | Europe World Cup Stories | Panama’s Unlikely Qualification World Cup Stories | Egypt’s Route to Qualification World Cup Stories | Iceland World Cup Stories | Peru World Cup Stories | How Did Russia Win The 2018 Bid World Cup Stories | Iran’s Road To Russia World Cup | Moments Of The Tournament | Russia 2018
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