Russia wins 2018 bid

2010-12-02 17:38

Zurich - Not even the surprising absence of Vladimir Putin could derail Russia's World Cup bid as FIFA voters once again demonstrated fondness for taking football to new frontiers on Thursday.

Putin had expected to be a prominent figurehead for the Russian bid in the final days of campaigning, but instead remained in Moscow as voters gathered in Zurich ahead of Thursday's ballot.

However, the absence of the Russian Prime Minister was no obstacle to success for a slick campaign which has secured the country its first ever World Cup, despite lingering concerns over infrastructure.

Russia has proposed staging the World Cup in 13 cities grouped into four clusters stretching from the exclave of Kaliningrad on the borders of the European Union to Yekaterinburg in the Urals on the fringe of Siberia.

With the exception of Yekaterinburg, all the cities are in the European part of Russia and teams will not have to fly out to far-flung regions.

Putin's promise to scrap visas was of crucial importance as nationals of almost all countries outside the former Soviet Union require visas to visit Russia, an often expensive and time-consuming process.

Putin also assured that construction works at the country's possible World Cup facilities would take place even if Russia's bid failed.

The Russian strongman - whose support was seen crucial in securing the 2014 Winter Olympics for Russia - also promised that football fans will have the right to travel free on public transport during the event.

Russia's plan for construction works and improving facilities in host cities fit FIFA's long-term plans of developing the sport, especially in regions with outdated infrastructure.

Russia already has some experience in hosting major football events, most notably the rain-drenched 2008 Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea and the 1999 UEFA Cup final, which Italy's Parma won.

But Russia's huge size, its remoteness from other countries and relatively weak transportation system have created questions about the country's ability to move fans, footballers and officials from one region to another.


FIFA has also announced Qatar as the hosts for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.


  • Ricky - 2010-12-02 17:47

    How are they going to protect players from non-european decent at this WC I want to know. Crime is also pretty high in Russia. Can the russian police commissioner guarantee that players of non-european decent will not be victims of crime? ... lol

      business-sci - 2010-12-02 18:08

      I would assume that they would take the measures the same way other countries have. I am glad an eastern european country won the rights the host the world cup. finally!!

      natashatorresvieiradiasdemorais - 2010-12-02 18:11

      Could the police commissioner here in South Africa guarantee 'the safety' issue during our World Cup? No. It comes from the general population. We just have to have faith. Like the many that rocked up here did.

      doctor.s.pathak - 2010-12-02 18:12

      Thats all anti Russians haver to say ....once they are defeated and when it becomes " hard to swallow".....I am an Indian who have lived in Russia for 6 years...I can say Russia is the greatest country I have been to.....peep into the Russian will find greatness there .....This is a defeat for western media....and their anti Russian propaganda ......

      Lerapo - 2010-12-02 18:41

      You all missed the joke. That was a question asked to SA after the Angola attacks.

      James - 2010-12-02 23:02

      @natasha... can I ask you out on a date?

      Shik - 2010-12-02 23:07

      LoL! Good one Ricky :)

      Ayoba - 2010-12-03 15:38

      I understand Zimbabwe has been tipped by FIFA that they will win the SWC 2026 even if England bid. Ooh! not forgetting that there might be an earthquake in Russia during the world cup.

  • M Jubes - 2010-12-02 17:58

    Dont suppose the hooligans from last night helped England's bid too much...

  • Greg Wood - 2010-12-02 18:06

    british press can now start ripping into the Russians like they did to us earlier this year.. so stoked the poms didnt win!

      The Stig - 2010-12-02 18:25

      Open your eyes Greg, it's not Russia they will be after, Brazil are their next target and they will sabotage them. For now lets stay back relax and watch Brazil win this war

  • marco - 2010-12-02 18:08

    Sour grapes across the board from every English News Channel you turn to at the moment wherever you look even from the Sunderland Football Club Chairman saying that their is something politically wrong with FIFA in that they should give Russia and Qatar the winning bid and that the voting system is murky and all sorts of other K@K.So sad huh,huh,huh you English sad b****s.

  • FerretGee - 2010-12-02 18:13

    I will be manufacturing and selling bullet-proof vests to anyone going to the 2018 World Cup. Place orders now. Free Vodka with every bulk order of 20 or more!

      BrettPresent - 2010-12-02 19:01

      :->> make sure you include country flags on the vests (you could probably salvage some stock from the English who most definitely won't be needing them - just like in 2010!)

  • dilligaf - 2010-12-02 18:22

    Qatar, you've got to be kidding. Never mind the heat. Beer and football go hand in hand. What are they going to do, create "beer parks" ? Once again FIFA greed triumphs over common sense.

      robbie.joubert - 2010-12-02 19:43

      Yeah - I guess the Budweiser sponsorships have ended!!!

  • willowgirl - 2010-12-02 18:24

    Now watch FIFA score all the bucks from Russia like they did to the South Africans this year — SA lost hugely by being bludgeoned by FIFA's 'rules and regulations'. Sepp Blatter is a dictator and his cronies follow suit in adhering to his orders.

      Hux - 2010-12-02 19:27

      100% right. The English forgot that FIFA runs on bribes

  • The Stig - 2010-12-02 18:26

    Brazil be scared, BBC is coming

      Greg Wood - 2010-12-02 18:51

      Fully agree Stig, Im in the UK at the moment and every station is in conspiracy mode.. calling for a review of the voting system... sore losers!

  • getnotted - 2010-12-02 18:31

    They can have the waste of money event. As we found out in SA all the money needs to be spent to host it, but the returns are nowhere near the outlay.

  • getnotted - 2010-12-02 18:39

    Forget where it is hosted, and look at the fact that the country may be worse off afterwards if they do not have lots of cash to throw around. In SA they built stadiums, paid overtime to thousands of policemen(some payments took a while) and then waited for the overseas visitors and cash to roll in. It did not happen. So for the prestige of hosting the event the country may go broke, but FIFA will not.

  • Lerapo - 2010-12-02 18:48

    I'm the happiest South African in the world right now. England and Australia (using our expats), made it their highest responsibility to criticise South Africa before our world cup. They and most of righteous Europe made it very difficult for us to organise our world cup in peace. Oh how fate corrects the righteous

  • FerretGee - 2010-12-02 19:05

    Prince William and Prince David failed in their bid - OFF with their heads I say,!!

      George Mouton - 2010-12-02 20:14

      hahahaha, Aye Aye Sire!!!

  • bluejay - 2010-12-02 23:23

    the english media should take sole responsibilty for this failed world cup bid.fifa exated revenge for not only this bribery allegations against some of their members but also for the way they demonised the south african world cup hosting.

  • bill - 2010-12-03 08:51

    I think the credibility of FIFA is at question . Bribery is second nature to Russians and Blatter and his gang should be investigated.

  • Ayoba - 2010-12-03 14:58

    Russia just made itself the new target for English media after South Africa. Go get them boys!!!! Saaaaa!

  • Ayoba - 2010-12-03 17:01

    I understand Zimbabwe has been tipped by FIFA that they will win the SWC 2026 even if England bid.

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