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.